In the lead-up to Christmas, we get very excited about doing ‘stuff’. We decide to go for drinks with people we haven’t seen for a whole year, we trudge around Christmas markets, winter wonderlands and anything else remotely festive, and we wear sequins and glitter a lot.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the festive season and all the merriment it brings, but there’s also a lot to be said for remembering to pause, relax and take some time to yourself in an otherwise mad month of Christmas shopping queues and boozy gatherings.
This month, rather than putting together an edit of partywear or gifts, I’ve chosen to focus on cosy loungewear and items you can relax in. While I appreciate the frenetic festive season doesn’t bring with it much down-time, some of you will have that lull between Christmas and New Year where the kids are off school, you’re not really sure what day it is and the only food in the cupboards is Quality Street.
Typically, I’ve always seen any time off work as time I need to cram in as many plans as possible – and naturally every year I go back at the start of January feeling frazzled rather
than refreshed. So, this year I’m going to try to hibernate…a bit.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with watching Love Actually on repeat while dressed in cosy cashmere or a chunky knit. At this time of year, loungewear gets overlooked in favour of all that glitters, but I think there’s a lot to be said for investing in a great collection of it. Not only will it keep you warm, it’ll help you feel relaxed, which is what we all need a bit of at this time of year! If your plans include binge-watching Christmas films, you might as well do it in style!
The key to nailing the luxe loungewear look is to invest in a range of textures from open weaves to herringbone, and choose muted tones, like greys, browns, lavender and cream. Scarves and hats are totally acceptable as indoor accessories, and for a real Pinterest-worthy vibe, light a wintry candle and have a warm coffee with you at all times.
Have a wonderful, warm Christmas!
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Camel slouchy jumper, £65 www.oliverbonas.com
Toccato slipper, £85 www.purecollection.com
Bea oversized cable knit scarf, £25 www.accessorize.com
MARKS AND SPENCER
Rosie for Autograph cashmere dressing gown, £200 www.marksandspencer.com
Cashmere Clarissa Cardi, £110 www.whitestuff.com