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What to wear on Christmas Day

What to Wear on Christmas Day

Are you Team Party Dress or Team Pyjamas? Liberty debates the rather polarising topic of Christmas Day dressing
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What to Wear on Christmas Day

Are you Team Party Dress or Team Pyjamas? Liberty debates the rather polarising topic of Christmas Day dressing

By: Team Liberty

The current topic of conversation at Liberty HQ: what to wear on Christmas Day. And as the discussion has revealed, there are two very clear, very firm camps. Those that revel in the chance to dress up, buying a party dress just for the occasion, and those that would much rather spend the day in their pyjamas. If you fall somewhere between the two, let Liberty’s most passionate Christmas dressers convince you otherwise.

In Favour of: Dressing Up

According to Maddi John, Editorial Assistant

First let me say this: by no means am I the fashion aficionado of the office. Most mornings I wake up and pull on the first sweatshirt and pair of straight-leg jeans I spot in my wardrobe. But Christmas Day is the exception. If you ask me: there should be no holding back, and ‘outrageously overdressed’ should always be the dress code. Put it this way: at least when you’re drinking, dancing and falling out with one another, you’ll look good while doing so.

For me, when it comes to picking an outfit worthy of the occasion, there’s a lot of preparation involved – unsurprising considering I make PowerPoint gift guides every year (sorry, mum). Typically, my family will shop at least one month in advance, dedicating an entire day to scouring the stores in search of an outfit that’ll outdo the rest. Our home is designated hosting grounds for twenty or so guests, so it’s up to us to uphold the standard. Party dresses, bold prints, bright colours, sparkly sequins, feather-trimmed sleeves – you name it, nothing is off limits and a full ensemble (jewellery, makeup and bags included) is most-definitely encouraged.

While I’m a firm believer of decking myself like the proverbial halls, I will admit, I’m partial to an outfit change. By the end of the afternoon, I’ll have had countless glasses of bubbles, eaten my own body weight in pigs-in-blankets, and parts of my outfit will be long discarded (RIP the heels). Now this is when I know, it’s time to take myself upstairs and wrap up in my most comfy pair of silk pyjamas, before collapsing in front of Love Actually with the leftover yorkies from lunch. Not exactly sophisticated, but entirely delicious.

Christmas is the time for overindulgence – with the menu, the decorations and the drinks, so why not with your outfit too? Happy hunting!

In Favour of: Dressing Down

According to Shannon Peter, Beauty and Editorial Lead

I’m the queen of casual. I wear fluffy Birkenstocks to the office, live in loungewear on the weekends and even when Big Nights Out do come calling, a jeans and nice top combo is as much dressiness as my wardrobe can muster. So why would I change my track record just for Christmas Day?

For me, the big day usually starts and ends in a good pair of pyjamas, and I’ll always save my very best for the occasion, or treat myself to a new set to climb into on Christmas Eve. Of course, like every good lounger I’ll wear them for as long as is socially acceptable, choosing only to change out of them around midday, solely to avoid my Grandma’s disapproving tuts. But don’t think I’ll be changing into ‘real’ clothes at this point: this is where the trusty tracksuit comes into its own.

My outfit choice is not just a matter of laziness, but rather necessity. I need something stretchy enough to contend with the copious amount of roast potatoes and pudding I plan to eat, but also something comfy enough to mitigate for the fact I’ll spend most of the afternoon sitting on floor, given that the rest of the living room’s seating will likely have been shotgunned by visiting relatives. Plus, I’m messy. I’ll no doubt dip my sleeve in gravy, find wine spills down my front, and probably later uncover a forgotten Miniature Hero melted in my pocket. Why would I want to ruin a fancy dress or smart pair of trousers with these Christmas-related mishaps.

Feel seen? Then I say lean into laziness. Keep your slippers on. Go for loose fits and comfortable fabrics. Shower yes, but avoid your makeup bag at all costs.

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