What To Wear On Xmas Day

What to Wear on Christmas Day

The big day is only a couple of weeks away. Most of us will be at home all day, visiting family or booked in for a slap-up lunch somewhere fancy. Some might opt for a “dress down” approach, but for those preferring the “up” option, here are my suggestions for what to wear for Christmas morning, lunch and dinner.

Christmas Morning: Presents and Pyjamas

Let’s face it, one of the best things about Christmas day is all that time spent lazing around. Enjoy your free pass to luxuriate in the company of your comfiest clothes. If you don’t have a pair of PJs – and who the hell doesn’t – then get your family in on the fun with matching PJ sets worn by every one of you while opening gifts. Think ‘John Lewis Xmas Ad’.

For lunching, lounging or dinner parties, here’s how to spend the 25th of December in style.

Smart shoppers will invest in hardworking pieces – co-ords are always a clever buy – able to be dressed up or down to suit every festive situation. But, then again, this day only comes once a year: luxe loungewear is the way to go.

Luxe pyjamas

If you’re likely to stay in your pyjamas until past noon, make sure it’s a chic pair. M&S Silk PJs in white or red and a pair of OTT earrings is a playful touch.

Dressed-up knitwear

Combine cream knitwear with midnight-blue velvet, The White Company can address all these issues, then dress it up with heels and lashings of gold jewellery for lunch or dinner.

A statement red dress

The red dress was made for Christmas. ASOS have hundreds on offer and it will still arrive in time if ordered now. Indulge in some bourgeois styling on the 25th: think pearl earrings and an Eighties-inspired low bun.

Velvet tailoring

Guys – invest in a suit for the festive season and you’ll get three outfits in one. Tom Ford’s velvet style is especially versatile thanks to the high-low cut: you can team the blazer with jeans, while the relaxed trousers will work with knitwear and ‘going out’ tops. Just switch between shoes and trainers depending on the festive occasion.

Festive knitwear

Swap novelty knits for chunky cream cable knits, the Bella Freud 1970 mohair jumper or retro tank tops. I would wear any of these with my silk Pyjama bottoms.


The Whistles’ sequinned pencil skirt doesn’t have to stay in your party wardrobe once the office party is over. Tone down the sparkles for Christmas Day lunch with an oversized jumper.

The Tracksuit.

Keep it simple, in Black, grey or green – this will be comfy, warm and inoffensive. There’s room for your expanding belly and you can snooze in them all afternoon as well as heading out for a pre-lunch walk. Zara have nailed the tracksuit this year, by keeping the shape simple and stylish. No bagginess and they look awesome with a chunky pair of Chelsea Boots.