One of things I always get asked is how to create a Christmas Wardrobe? What to wear at Christmas? I have partnered with Elys Wimbledon to showcase my must-haves for great Christmas style which includes vibrant occassion-wear, as well as cosy staples to see you through Christmas in style. Read on for the Q&A on what my Christmas will look like and what I’m buying for the family.
- Christmas is likely going to feel quite different for many of us this year. Have you changed how you will be spending the holiday season?
Christmas is normally one of my favourite times of the year, with parties, sequins, dancing and games. This year, for everyone, a scaled-back Christmas is on the menu as we ‘recover’ from the exhaustion of 2020. Small family gatherings, long dog walks on Wimbledon Common, decorating the house with the children, trying ‘table-scaping’, making every moment count and being grateful for what we still have will be the mantras I live by. Staying local and supporting Wimbledon businesses is so important right now in keeping our community alive.
- What will you be wearing on Christmas Day?
I’m a firm believer in ‘mindful dressing’ or to put it simply; dressing how you want to behave. I always wear red on Christmas Day – I love the to feel the energy and excitement that red elicits. Red helps power me through the day. As we bounce from 5am present opening, prepping the turkey, organising charades, enjoying champagne brunch, calling friends and family, learning new tik-tok dances with the children. Boxing Day will call for comfortable loungewear to unwind!
2. We might not have a diary full of parties and dinners this year, but we still want to feel and look great over Christmas. What would your advice be to create an effortless but elevated outfit?
Firstly, up your game. Spice up your style-life. Take yourself out of your comfort zone, you’ll be surprised how positive and confident it makes you feel:
- Try tonal dressing – wear one colour but different shades such as bubble gum pink with vintage rose.
- Juxtapose looks – pair a soft tracksuit with tough biker boots and a statement teddy coat.
- Experiment with brands you’ve not tried before. I’ve recently discovered Esprit for easy-layering separates,
- Always accessorise to finish off your outfit – delicate gold layering necklaces are a must this season (and won’t get in the way while cooking!).
- Find a balance between relaxing, soft neutrals and energetic, vibrant brights. Wear your best colours all over and stick to your colour formula – mine are red and pink for brights, plus cream and oatmeal for neutrals.
- Power-plan, don’t cram! To feel your absolute best and under control, plan your outfits in advance.
3. 2020 has brought a slower pace way of living than usual. Have you any self-care rituals that you will be enjoying over the festive period and carrying into the New Year?
Self-care through self-gifting!! Treating yourself gives such a feel-good boost. Purchase with passion, not panic…if you love it, buy it! If you’re on a budget, my advice is to invest in wardrobe staples that you can mix and match to create plenty of outfits or invest in items that are trans-seasonal.
One of the best presents anyone can give me is the gift of time. I relish taking time for a relaxing bath with my favourite White Company Noir candle burning, booking a massage or trying out latest make-up looks. Creating time for tennis, running and pilates has been a renewed focus which boosts my physical and mental well-being. I’ve also committed to asking for more help as a self-care strategy…as a busy mother, wife and business owner, sometimes it’s ok to admit when you can’t do it all!