Festive Downtime Dressing

As much as I like to pile on a few sequins for shimmer and shine during the festive season, it’s also the time to practice a little down time luxe. With so many possibilities of seasonal parties, get-togethers and visitors popping in, no one wants to spend the entire time trussed up like a turkey (pun intended) and unable to relax. Besides, as this time of year goes hand in hand with enjoying good food and drink, there are only so many occasions that you can endure the feeling of Bridget pants or the peek-a-boo game of hiding an undone top button under a strategically placed napkin!

With a view to that, here’s my anti-sequin, be gone body-con post to show off the perfect pieces for Christmas in a relaxed luxe style…

Bell Sleeved Dress – £99 The Classic Peg Trouser – £89 Classic Silk Shirt – £139 – All from Isabella Oliver 365 Collection

Masters of effortless chic with comfort and cool thrown in, Isabella Oliver 365 Collection have a myriad of options that would see you through every seasonal social engagement. The Bell Sleeve dress in Electric Plum can be dressed down for day with opaques and pretty ballet flats for comfort. Layer on statement jewellery and add heels for evening cocktails. I recommended them last year and I wouldn’t hesitate to mention them again this year after I invested in mine – The Classic Peg Trouser goes with just about everything but for chic simplicity, pair with their Classic Silk Shirt.

3.1 Phillip Lim Embellished Jumper – £440 Selfridges, 3.1 Phillip Lim Draped Silk Trousers – £390 Selfridges, Bella Cowl Neck Cashmere Dress – £175 Whistles, Nicole Cotton Trousers – now £45 French Connection, Crochet Trim Blouse – £38 Topshop

Butter soft neutrals provide the softest whisper of luxury – pair with rich tan accessories or rose gold jewellery, sit back, relax and prepare to be admired. I could imagine wearing any of these outfits for a relaxed Christmas day… although perhaps no cooking in the 3.1 Phillip Lim!

Lurex Striped Sweater Dress – £75 & Cozy Cable Scarf – £39.50 at Banana Republic, Front Pleat Dress – £196 ME & EM, 3/4 Sleeve Dress – £65 Hush, Silk Velvet Tunic – £155 Toast

What’s easier than pulling on a dress – no need for intense outfit planning with a simple one piece. The knitted dress from Hush is perfect for walking off that over indulgent Christmas fayre with friends and I love the addition of a festive red scarf as seen at Banana Republic.

Coralie Pleat Maxi Skirt – £115 Coast, Crumpet Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater – £255 Net-A-Porter, Burgundy Snake Clasp Maxi Dress – £55 Miss Selfridge, Warehouse Petal Keyhole Dress – £60 John Lewis

Christmas is the perfect excuse to wear this seasons jewel colours but that doesn’t have to mean shimmer and shine. Pull on a cosy jumper with the beautiful pleated Coralie maxi skirt for easy indoor glamour or change the look of the Warehouse petal dress by adding opaques and a pair of glamorous glitter slipper loafers such as these from Topshop.

Do you have a tried and tested formula for downtime dressing that makes you look and feel your most relaxed self?

Header image: J Crew via Lou, Boos & Shoes

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  1. Deb Price says

    Some great ideas there, thanks. For Xmas day out I am going to wear my DVF leopard wrap dress and Boxing day a little shift tweedy dress from Primarche – from the sublime to the ridiculous!

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