How to indulge your alter ego and get away with it this Christmas
While there's no hard and fast rule of what festive attire really denotes, the closest reference that springs to mind is cracking out the Sunday best. When the smell of pine seeps into every corner of the house (have you gone with fir or fake?) and the turkey is ripe for carving, it's a warm, fuzzy feeling bubbling up inside that rears its head just this one time every year. And given the homey ambience — or if you have a placemat at your friend's — the last thing you want to do is spend the night in an ugly Christmas sweater. The uncontrollably kitchy jumper that's neither stylish nor sartorially satisfying, right down to the last itchy stitch.
What it really takes to ebb the tradition like a stopper on a fine, pithy whisky is to make the first move. Here's what we're saying: Instead of dressing for the greater community that is friends and family, take it as a golden opportunity to indulge your personal whims and fancies. Always wanted to take outfit inspiration from Christmas ornaments? Why not. If baroque wallpaper is right up your alley, then roll with it. Sounds ridiculous? Just wait till you see the crème de la crème of the street style set work it in experimental outfits. The sky's the limit.
The inspiration: Your baroque gift wrappers that one up the garden variety which spell "Merry Christmas!" in font size 24.
How to ace it: Mix, match and mesh with reckless abandon, and wear it with enough pomp and circumstance to quell the haters.
How you'll break it: By adding a bow on top of the sartorial party. Why? Because insinuating that your existence is a gift to mankind only comes off as big-headed. And needless to say, that's not a good look.
The inspiration: A special snowflake. For the self-assured who quotes 'one-of-a-kind' and 'exceptional' as key adjectives.
How to ace it: With layers and textures that provide depth to the shine and motifs. Also a reflection of the sagacity of your inner being. Hashtag: Deep.
How you'll break it: By piling on the party foam to get your message across. This isn't Halloween.
The inspiration: The Nazi of get-togethers and social activities; creator of all group chats and Secret Santa authority.
How to ace it: With a band jacket or any shirt with epaulettes, for ease of commandeering the pace of the evening.
How you'll break it: By going on a power trip. Nevermind the outfit, but it'll probably ruin your friendships.
The inspiration: The ornaments on a Christmas tree. Because, what good is plain ol' pine without the holiday trimmings?
How to ace it: Pile on the diamanté brooches and bejewelled outers, or anything with luxe ornamentation. For more information, you'll find what you need in a DIY guide to tree decorating.
How you'll break it: By gunning for any shade of green. It's supposed to be whimsical, not literal.
The inspiration: Hungover party goer. Perfect for the rave hungry who can't actually recall what they did on Christmas eve.
How to ace it: With an outfit as louche as this, the hair is priority. Pull it up into a topknot or style it in a low chignon.
How you'll break it: By coming as is. At least step it up with stilettos and a pair of shades to obscure the post-party glaze.
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