After one or two dressed up Christmas party outfit posts, I’m bringing you the opposite end of the festive season dressing spectrum: The laid-back, casual party outfit. Something that’s practical, warm and still Yuletide-appropriate.
This is one of those outfits that’s all about the Christmas jumper – and oh my god how crazy have sales of Christmas jumpers got in the last few years? What used to be something that Bridget Jones mocked poor Mark Darcy for wearing has now become THE thing to wear at Christmas. Sure, there are many tasteful or elegant ones like my fabulously fluffy sequin reindeer sweater, but truth be told, Christmas jumpers are meant to be a little tacky (and isn’t that what we love about them)?
Why has this happened? Did Mr. Darcy start it off as long ago as 2001? I guess we’ll never know.
This was one of the outfits I wore for the M&Co InstaStories takeover I did a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve actually worn it to death so much that I think Keith was starting to wonder if I had anything else to wear.
This Friday is Christmas Jumper Day which raises money for Save the Children in the UK, so please do consider getting your Xmas knit on and making a donation if you’re a UK dweller [not sponsored btw]. I’ve picked out some fabulous Christmas jumpers for you to shop if you scroll down, but hurry – as damn, they sell out fast!
I really had no idea they were such a massive thing till this year when looking for a not-totally-tasteless Christmas jumper. Nearly all retailers have a fairly large selection of them these days. Many have just one or two sizes left in each style however, but I’ve chosen ones which have most or several sizes still in stock (at the time of writing).
IT’S BARELY LEFT MY HEAD – NOT ONLY IS IT A SOFTER COLOUR THAN BLACK (BEING NAVY) AND A BAD HAIR DAY HERO, BUT IT’S FUR-LINED, PEOPLE.
I styled this outfit so that the sweater was really the centre of attention (the M&CO velveteen navy trousers and flat knee-high boots are both supremely comfortable, which is probably why I’ve worn them to death), but the navy baker boy hat has been receiving a lot of attention on my Instagram and when I wore it on the ferry to Calais the other week.
It’s barely left my head – not only is it a softer colour than black (being navy) and a bad hair day hero, but IT’S FUR-LINED, PEOPLE… it keeps your head soooooo warm. While I do love my pom pom beanie hats, I like to wear something else in the winter for a change but often have to sacrifice warmth if I want to switch it up a bit.
And you get all of that on-trend head warmth for a mere £14… bargain!
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One last comment on the jumper/sweater thing: Although I’m British and we say jumper, the Americans say sweater… I tend to say sweater because I used to work in a very expensive cashmere concession in Selfridges many years ago and it was drummed into us to say “sweater”, not “jumper”. (Yes, I’m rolling my eyes right now.) HOWEVER when it comes to certain types of sweaters (of which there are two), I always, always revert to the British: Christmas jumpers and school jumpers.
Changing either of those to sweater just sounds plain wrong to me…!
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Subtle/classy Christmas jumpers:
Kitsch (or borderline tasteless!) jumpers:
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