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Just like you guys, I’m a mother trying to juggle it all, stay sane and pretend I’ve got all bases covered when I’m generally having a meltdown on the inside and dropping plates left, right and centre. I never get to go to the bathroom alone anymore and can’t remember the last cup of tea I drank hot, but would I change it? Of course not!
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With spirits bright and focus shifted towards the big day ahead, this Christmas feels like the one to bring all the magic. Get them ready for the festive fun with a party season wardrobe that’ll work hard for the numerous tinsel-topped activities fast filling up their calendars.
From Christmas carols to the school disco and much-loved Nativity, the kids invite-count this year totally beats anything my husband and I have in the diary!
In our house, welcoming the Yuletide season means finding all the joy in the prepping, planning and crafting, before feasting from December through to New Year’s Day. We love to dress up in our finest – and the odd old, cherished Christmas jumper here and there!
Our party style is traditional with a big dose of glam and a hit of tough thrown in, so it’s lots of gorgeous dresses teamed with chunky boots or sparkly trainers for my daughter Hadley. For Hector, a tartan shirt and luxe jogger is a go-to combo.
Comfort over everything, of course. So lots of stretchy fabrics and cosy pieces for layering with hero partywear. I try to pick out items that can easily work at a festive bash, magical evening at the village Christmas market or for hanging the baubles on the tree.
My two are really into the Christmas crafts and festive baking, so there’s always a smattering of edible goodies and hand-made finishing touches sprinkled around the nooks of our cottage. But it’s the family traditions adopted over the years that we look forward to the most.
Bringing in bundles of greenery from the garden and woods to bedeck the beams and trim the chimney is something we all get stuck into – the more holly, ivy and mistletoe, the better. Elf and his stripy tights make an appearance at the beginnings of December to keep an eye on the tots for Father Christmas and we all join in making icing decorations to top the Christmas cake.
From sparkly tutus to all-out glittery trainers, heaps of tulle volume and the fluffiest, prettiest knitwear around, it’s easy to tick off glitz and glamour galore this season. Start with a hero item like a statement shimmering dress, smart Oxford shirt, tux-luxe blazer or knock-out shoe and let it pop by keeping the rest of the outfit minimal and low-key.
Merry Fair Isle
If it looks like it belongs in Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post (you know, the shopkeeper with the sauna in Frozen) and makes you think of log cabins and après ski by the fire, you’ve got the right idea. The key is to team one piece, a Fair Isle jumper or Arctic tights, with smarter cuts to elevate the cosy, homespun feel.
Jewel Box Tones
Think cranberry, plum and garnet red. Emerald, forest and pine green. Royal, ink and sapphire blue. Killer colours in everything from dressy sweat pants, skirts and woollens to tops, shirts and frocks. And you can’t beat a velvet jewel toned ribbon in the hair at Christmas.
Nothing says festive party quite like the perfect tartan button down shirt. The best are served up by the likes of Hatley (the cutest polar bears drifting through plaid) and Hilfiger (you’ll notice the extra details on the cuffs, collars and piping.)
While Buddy & Hope’s merry checked Christmas skirt ticks off the heritage plaid look just nicely. Let them pick their fave checked piece and watch its magical seasonal outfit powers take the hassle out of smart seasonal dressing.
We’re talking majestic perfume bottles decorating long sleeved tees, playful fawn friends prancing onto cute little dresses and snowflakes on… well, everything. This year, the happiest partywear comes served with a side of loveable art work.
Ahh, the humble Christmas jumper. The kids become so attached to them! If my two had their way, they’d be wearing one straight after Halloween. With everything from traditional snowmen and icy penguins to vintage Christmas cars and triumphant trees to pick from, the humble Christmas jumper offers the comfiest party look by miles. Go for smart denim, sequins, full skirts and jazzy leggings on the bottom.