What to wear on Christmas Day with family

Many of us make an effort to dress appropriately for December 25th, as it’s such an important day of the year and it would be a shame to spend a single second of it feeling uncomfortable.

Christmas Day can fill us with anticipation, and the excitement alone turns people of all ages back into children with the promise of great food, a television schedule full of nostalgic films and TV shows, and the opportunity to catch up with close friends and family.

Picking your outfit for the day itself can be a big decision, and it’s one that you might want to make in advance due to the busy nature of the festive season. Your perfect outfit will help you to feel comfortable and confident, enhancing the festive cheer that Christmas can bring.

Dressing for comfort and style

There's no shortage of options when it comes to dressing for Christmas Day. You might simply want to put on your cosiest slippers and a dressing gown, or you may decide to go all out and don your smartest party outfit, but if you'll be spending the occasion at home with family and friends, the chances are you'll want to strike a balance between comfort and style.

When you’re deciding exactly how sophisticated you want your outfit to be, you’ll need to consider the types of activities you’ll be doing on Christmas Day. You might want to steer clear of heavy materials such as woollen knits if you're going to spend the morning cooking as you may get overheated. On the other hand, you’ll want to wear thick enough clothing if you’ll be going outside for long periods of the day.

For men, a simple but smart combination of cotton trousers or chinos with a shirt can be perfect. If you start to heat up, simply roll up your sleeves. For women, cotton trousers or a skirt paired with an elegant blouse or top can be ideal for a busy Christmas Day. To avoid feeling uncomfortable after you’ve had your fill of all that delicious food, why not go for trousers with an elasticated waist?

As far as fun and comfortable crowd-pleasers go, it's hard to beat the classic Christmas jumper. Great for men and women alike, these garments embody the festive feeling and they can be supremely cosy. To avoid the risk of overheating, it's best to wear a nice shirt, blouse or top underneath so that you can remove your jumper if you need to.

If you plan on going out for a walk on the big day, you will need thicker clothing to brave the wintery weather. Depending on the area you could be walking in, you might need to wear walking boots. These will come in handy over winter as a precaution for all types of weather, including snow and ice. A thick coat is also a must, and as they come in a variety of styles, you’ll be able to pick one out based on your own taste. Why not choose a stylish bobble hat and a pair of gloves to tie it all together?

An over 60s couple having Christmas dinner with friends and family.

What do you wear to a casual family Christmas party?

If you have a casual family party on the horizon this Christmas, you might be wondering what to wear. Whether it’s welcoming in the New Year or simply enjoying a catch-up over the festive period, you might want to dress up and make an impression on everyone in attendance. You can choose to go entirely smart or add casual elements to make your outfit work for practically any occasion.

Breaking down the options for both ladies and men, here are our Christmas party outfit tips:

Christmas outfits for ladies:

You might want to use Christmas parties as an opportunity to dress up and wear all of your favourite accessories. This could be the ideal time to wear sparkly shoes and your most stylish clutch bag, topping it all off with a matching necklace and bracelet.

A longer dress can be ideal at this time of year to cater to the colder weather, especially if some of the party might be outdoors, for example if you’ll be heading out to watch fireworks. By wearing a sleeved dress, you can cover your shoulders, accentuate your lower legs and forearms, and avoid getting too cold during the party.

That’s not to say you need to dress up for a Christmas party. A family Christmas party will be a relaxed affair, so you could just as easily choose to dress casually, donning a cable jumper and cotton trousers for comfort. For an added feeling of relaxation, why not wear a pair of thermal boots?

Christmas outfits for men:

Once again focusing on keeping warm and looking good at the same time, there are different trends for men that nail the smart casual look.

Picking out some formal trousers will automatically tick the box for a smart element, and you can combine these with a casual shirt to balance out the smarter element of your outfit. You can then choose to cover up with a wooly jumper if you want to avoid the cold.

It’s at this point that you can consider accessorising, introducing a tasteful watch to add further style to your outfit. Finish off with a relaxed yet refined pair of loafers. Take your pick from many different colours, with brown or tan being particularly versatile options.

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