Before I started my minimalist wardrobe journey Christmas always meant a new outfit. And although I have a festive capsule wardrobe and I’m happy to wear the same dress to every party (with some clever styling) I still miss the excitement of a new outfit. There is something special about putting on some new clothes on Christmas morning or a fancy new dress for Hogmanay (Scottish word for New Year). Although I’m not planning on buying anything new to wear this year, I know some of you will be. If you’re going to be buying a new festive outfit then it really should be an ethical purchase.
I’ve been browsing some of my favourite ethical stores and found great additions for your festive wardrobe. So whether you spend the holidays in loungewear or getting glammed up for a party there is an ethical festive outfit for you.
If you’re staying home this festive season, then do it in style with some luxury ethical loungewear. Have a PJ day with this cute check pyjama set from Monsoon or try these star print PJ bottoms from People Tree. Throw a cashmere cardigan on top for added warmth. So much more luxurious than a dressing gown. And of course, no luxury PJ day is complete without some White Company cashmere bed socks.
If you don’t want to spend all day in your pyjamas but still want to be comfy and relaxed try this oversized lounge dress from Gather & See. For a slightly more dressed up option try a sweater dress. So cosy and comfortable to wear and appropriate to wear outside the house. A cosy knit is always a good option for dressed down days, team it with leggings at home or jeans if your heading out. Finish your home day look with some cosy sheepskin slippers, I love this ethical pair from Beaumont Organic.
All Out Sparkle
If you can’t wear sequin head to toe at Christmas when can you? Keep things subtle (well as subtle as a sequin skirt can be) with a sequin skirt teamed with a chunky knit. This outfit has just enough sparkle to help you shine but is still cosy and casual. Perfect for Christmas day. Another easy way to wear sequin is with a simple t-shirt. Wear with your jeans and throw a cosy cardigan over for a sparkly daytime look. Or team it with a pencil skirt and heels for a glamorous evening look.
If subtle isn’t your thing (and why should it be at Christmas) outshine the Christmas tree in a full sequin dress. Just add some high heels and you’re good to go. Or how about a little gold dress like this one from Reformation. And just add heels for a glam night out or team with ankle boots for a more casual look.
Luxe Festive Texture
Give your festive outfit a luxe feel by adding different textures. Velvet is the perfect festive texture with its soft luxurious feel and deep tones. I love it in beautiful berry shades, which also happen to be great for festive occasions. Try switching your plain black trousers for a velvet pair to add a little more interest to your outfit. Or opt for a velvet top like this velvet and lace cami in a beautiful jewel tone (they also have a matching skirt). For a more glamorous look try this gorgeous velvet midi skirt in burgundy. Team with the t-shirt from the sparkle collection or a soft cashmere jumper. For all out glamour this velvet reformation dress is perfect. This is stunning and will look amazing at any New Year’s party.
If you’re not keen on velvet how about keeping things simple with some super soft cashmere. This berry coloured cowl neck from Bora is a grown up Christmas jumper. It’s a beautiful festive shade but won’t look out of place in the New Year. Or add a little glamour to your little black dress with this feather jacket from Monsoon. A great way to add a little glamour, texture and warmth to your outfit.
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