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I know we say it every year but… is it really that time already? It seems only yesterday we were getting excited for picnics, festivals and al fresco pop-ups, but suddenly Christmas has rolled around again.
I used to look forward to the holidays because I knew they’d be filled with family gatherings, great TV and ALL the food. But I also used to look forward to having an excuse to lounge around in my comfiest clothes while snuggling up with a big mug of hot chocolate (and not caring if I got it all over my face and clothes).
Even though I still love nothing more than the cosy kind of evenings you only get to enjoy at this time of year, my approach to Christmas Day dressing has changed a little over the years. After 3.5 years of working in super casual offices and now working from, well, wherever I happen to be, I relish the chance to dress up a little. I’m a big believer that you never need an excuse to throw on your fanciest clothes, but it’s kinda nice to have one, isn’t it?
Celebrating Christmas Abroad
I’ve always said that I’d love to spend Christmas in another country one year – and this year I’m going to be spending it in two! On December 25, I’ll be flying from Mexico City to Los Angeles…most likely laden down by my (not-so-glam) heaviest clothes.
Whether you’re spending the big day as far away as I will be or plan on not leaving the house once, Karen Millen have got a fab selection of Winter party-worthy pieces in right now – and many of them work for destination celebrations too. Here are some of my favourite pieces wherever you find yourself this winter.
It’s the country where I’ll be starting my Christmas, but sadly I won’t be looking quite as glamorous as this! The Autumn/Winter runways were awash with collections influenced by Latin America – particularly Cuba and Mexico – and the colour palette of black, green and red work perfectly for the festive season.
For a Latin-inspired take on winter party dressing, look for dresses in lace with subtle embroidered details such as flowers. The best thing about this one is it won’t be hard to re-wear it when the spring parties and races roll around.
London style is subtly sexy and completely effortless – which is exactly why I love it. I also love playing with silhouettes and if there’s any city to do that in, it’s my own capital. This long-line white blazer is low-cut enough to be sexy but the androgynous style keeps it edgy and understated enough for the city’s buzzing celebrations.
If you want to celebrate extravagantly, nobody does a party better than Italians. And in Italy, anything goes… The bolder the better, so now’s the time to go all out with glitter, sequins, stiletto heels and figure-hugging cuts – all at once, of course.
One of the best places to head for Christmas has to be Scandinavia. It’s the home of Santa, reindeer and husky sled rides – and some of the slickest style in the whole world. Whether you’re heading to Lapland or Copenhagen, you can’t go wrong with simple, tailored styles. Black is your go-to colour for celebrating Scandi style, but avoid the LBD clichés and add sex appeal with fabrics rather than hemlines. Think leather leggings, stud embellishments and as much faux fur as you dare.
If there was an annual prize for “most Christmassy dress”, Karen Millen would easily swoop a gold medal this year. Maybe it’s the Santa Claus red or maybe it’s the bow, but this is Christmas Day in a dress. Seriously, if you can’t wear this dress at Christmas then when can you?
It’s one of those dresses that could have so easily turned out tacky, but somehow Karen Millen has made it as chic as it comes. The silhouette is classy, the colour is feminine and the bow looks like it came straight off the runway rather the bargain rail. And for that it deserves a medal anyway.
But the absolutely best thing about this dress? You could probably where it anywhere. The real question is: where would you wear it?
This post was written in collaboration with Karen Millen, but all words and views are 100% mine as always!