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Festive, holiday outfit ideas for the lazy fashionista who wants to put in minimum effort for maximum reward

Festive, holiday outfit ideas for the lazy fashionista who wants to put in minimum effort for maximum reward

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Text: Gordon Ng

Editor: Jolene Khor


We won't be the first to admit that we're not the biggest fans of dressing up for special occasions. You know, when people host themed parties and insist you come wearing something vintage, disco, or — God forbid — something inspired by the 1920s. The same applies to unspoken occasions, the worst of which is perhaps the festive season. Yes, the sales are full steam, but as a person who leaves outfit planning to the day before (or the day of, more realistically) the pressure to run out and buy something new is too strong to be productive. Also, express shipping isn't that quick.

So here are our very easy tricks for the moment of panic when you realise you're going to a Christmas party and have nothing shiny and new to show for it. The best case scenario here is one where you won't have to head out to buy anything new, but even if you do, our guide will (hopefully) make it easy and painless.

Rachel McAdams and Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls.

Let's take it from the top.

December is the rare time silly headwear passes for giddy optimism. As soon as Mariah Carey begins chanting, the floodgates are open. The trees come out, the lights go up on Orchard Road, and festive cheer becomes acceptable, if not expected. The good news is that you can embody that on your head with Santa hats or reindeer headbands — they're everywhere, and are so universal they go with anything you wear. Workday outfit? Bland. Workday outfit plus a silly red hat with a fluffy white pom pom? Cute!

Wax figurines of the royal family at Madame Tussauds London.

It's around this time of the year that traditional good taste goes out the window a little too. For the very lazy, that becomes a convenient fact that empowers the ugly Christmas sweater. It's best if you have one on standby — with a knobby print of something, like Santa Claus riding his reindeer flanked by large snowflakes, perhaps. If you don't have one, get one now and save yourself the trouble for at least a few Decembers to come.

It's fantastic because you wear it once or twice a year, so by the time you revive it for the next Christmas, it's likely everyone's forgotten you even had it to begin with. Instagram Stories be damned. It's also faultless because, come on! Ugly sweaters are a tradition, and the common understanding is that the uglier the better. Besides, no one's going to be so uncharitable as to call you out for repeating outfits while celebrating the birth of Christ. (One hopes) Plus point: by nature of these being, well, hideous, you can snap up the first themed sweater you see in a store that makes you gag/wince/laugh.

If you're enough of a sloth that shopping for a sweater counts as work, then consider the humble sock. Since Asian households mean taking your shoes off, you can count on Christmas-themed socks on your feet as natural conversation starters. Like the hats and sweaters, these will be everywhere by the time December rolls around, so you'll be spoilt for choice when you begrudgingly go shopping. As with the sweaters, chic simply does not cut it. Go ham with the snow and Santa motifs, knowing that campy bad taste will somehow translate into humorous good cheer. There's a good chance you'll hear 'cute socks!' — to which you can twiddle your toes in satisfaction... because they cost you so little effort.

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