Post by C.M.
Fa la la la la! Remember the good old days of nativity plays and out-of-tune carol singing, mis-spelled Christmas cards given out to the entire class, the anxiety of whether Santa Claus knew about that sneaky sweet pilfered from the pic ‘n’ mix? It must be admitted that the festive season is at its peak when you’re still in the rosy glow of youth, when your Mammy and Daddy are thrilled with your home-made gift and you’re excited to find that the celery and carrots left out for the reindeer have been satisfactorily gnawed on. Well, even if those traditions have declined one by one with the passing of the years there is still one that will get you in the mood – choosing your Christmas Outfit.
Typically, the three most significant days over the season are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St. Stephen’s Day. If you’re like me and tend to leave everything until the very last minute it’s nice to have an idea in your mind about what apparel to don. So let us begin…
Christmas Eve is kind of a tricky one. Some are still working, some are frantically running around tying up loose ends before the big day, some are languishing in the cafe or pub having a wonderful time catching up with friends. I for one fall into all three categories. So keeping in mind the transition from bank to bar or shop to stove it’s a good idea to go for a loose but eye-catching little dress, like the one above. It’s a nod to the Christmas jumper but is so low maintenance – a pair of comfy but classy pointed flats would look cute with bare legs (or nude tights). Keep the jewelry simple, you don’t want it snagging on anything while you’re dashing through the crowds. Bring your biggest tote bag for stowing away any last minute purchases, and don’t forget a warm cover up and a nice pair of gloves.
Each family has their own Christmas Day tradition, but most here in Ireland will inevitably either visit or pay host to relatives. This ensemble is again quite low maintenance; a navy dress with red pumps and a bit of sparkle is lovely for a bit of Mass (happy birthday Jesus!) followed by a stop by auntie’s house. Once home you could pull on a pair of black tights or leggings and those adorable slipper socks and still wouldn’t be mortified if anyone unexpected called to the door. A watch is essential if you’re contributing in any way to the cooking process, and a slick of pillarbox red lippy, a dash of mascara and a spritz of fragrance will distract anyone from noticing any panic about over-cooked turkey on your face. And will look really good in photos.
For many of us St. Stephen’s Day (or Boxing Day) is one for catching up with friends home for the holidays in the sweaty confines of an over crowded pub. Nevertheless it’s always fun, and a great opportunity to get your glad rags out. Not as sparkly as New Year’s Eve but not as safe as your work party, a nice touch of glamour never goes astray, particularly if you’re starting off the night with a few drinks in the home of a friend, surrounded by a bevy of well-dressed beauties, like I will be. I love this blush-gold dress – with a hind of sparkle in the bodice it can really be allowed to speak for itself. Hair up or down, a nice pair of danglies is essential, and you can forgo a necklace in favour of a delicate bangle. A little clutch is definitely a must, as is a pair of heels. Gold is a really nice, if not a bit obvious way to go; I think a hint of silvery blue looks quite unexpected and adds a touch of understated edge to the look and would favour the ensemble on the left.
This is our last post before Christmas, but we’ll still be updating the page with some festive cheer over the season, so don’t forget to check in on our usual days, Tuesday and Thursday. In the mean time –
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from TMCM!
You can see more outfit sets we’ve created over on our Polyvore page!