Party dressing is all well and good, but as we’ve mentioned before, not everyone is out every night in December living it up until dawn. What most of us are doing is continuing about our daily business while wearing ‘normal’ clothes. Normal clothes that will keep us both warm AND stylish. It’s not cold enough yet for me to get into my annual ‘layering’ essay – we’ll save that for the depths of January. Spoiler alert, though: it mainly centres around the Uniqlo Heattech range. Put a Heattech item on your Christmas list if you have to stand outside anywhere for long periods of time.
Today, we’re just going to look at six outfits for December that I like. We’ve got some cashmere, some hats, some scarves and some excellent trousers. Once again, I can only apologise to dress fans. Maybe check back on this post to see if there’s anything there to catch your eye. I promise I will look out for more for you soon, especially when the sales start, but I am definitely veering towards trousers or skirts right now.
AUBERGINE IS THE NEW BLACK
It probably isn’t, but I am loving this colour right now. Is it aubergine? Or maroon? Or burgundy? Whatever we call it, it’s a great alternative to the ‘pop of red’ that’s trending at the moment. Not everyone can wear red, but this softer tone is much more versatile. It’s perfect to wear with navy, and we all love navy, don’t we? Talking of Christmas lists, if you’re struggling with what you want, maybe ask for a piece of COS cashmere. It’s not cheap but, if it’s gift, you’re not paying, and in my humble opinion COS do the best cashmere on the high street. Particularly this chunky jumper. I might put it on my own list.
- COS chunky cashmere turtleneck sweater
- John Lewis navy cable knit scarf
- Kindred Nova norther star earrings
- Hush Ruby check wool blend trousers
- ANYDAY Sia camera cross body bag
- Abercrombie wool blend Dad coat
- Adidas Handball Spezial suede trainers
COUNTRY CASUAL WITH ADDED FAUX FUR
It’s definitely the time of year when we drag our trusty faux fur coats from the back of the wardrobe. They bring a little bit of luxe to any otherwise fairly ordinary outfit. This is the perfect ‘It’s a nice, cold and crisp sunny day – let’s walk to the pub for a Sunday lunch’ look. Of course if you live in my area, you would have had to book that lunch four weeks in advance because word has got out far and wide now that the Black Dog does THE best roasts in all of West London.*
*This in unconfirmed, of course. And it’s my own fault as I was the one who liberally spread that word. No, I’m not giving you the address, in fact I need to start gatekeeping or we’ll never get a booking again.
- La Redoute check ruffle cotton shirt
- Anya Hindmarch recycled plastic tote bag
- Whistles teddy faux fur coat
- Hush Agnes straight leg jeans
- 1 Besito knitted green jumper
- Grenson Nanette leather hiker boots
KEEPING IT CABLE
Now is the right time to don the old cable knit. I like them nice and oversized, so don’t forget to check the men’s department if you’re looking for a good chunky knit. Or just buy the man in your life one for Christmas so you can steal it later. Although last year me and my husband bought a nice expensive jumper to ‘share’. I’ve not worn it once as he’s the sort of person that will wear the same thing EVERY SINGLE DAY, so I don’t get a look in. At least he gets his ‘cost-per-wear’ down to about 20p per item, though.
- H&M wool blend cable knit jumper
- Ganni cable knit wool blend beanie hat
- YMC wide leg stretch twill trousers
- Toteme T lock leather bag
- Whistles herringbone short coat
- Sezane Lena low leather Chelsea boots
THE LUXE LOOKING JACKET
This outfit is all based around this jacket from Mango. Previously, they did it in cream and green (I have the cream), but now it comes in classic black. It most definitely looks more designer than high street. I’d wear it with simple jeans and a chunky high-neck jumper.
- Arket cashmere-wool mock neck jumper
- Dragon Diffusion woven leather basket bag
- Slvrlake Madison faded mid rise wide leg jeans
- Mango fur effect black coat
- Hush Murica socks set
- Jigsaw Kent leather boots
I can’t tell you again how much I love corduroy. It’s a bit of an addiction, but I’m going cold turkey for now as I already have enough. BUT if I was going to go for something else, I would choose these trousers from M&S. My friend wore them to lunch last week and I can confirm they looked great on her.
- Alex Mill merino wool blend cardigan
- Louise Sinclair yellow gold half moon pendant necklace
- Uniqlo Heattech beanie hat
- M&S corduroy wide leg trousers
- Rag and Bone plaid puffer jacket
- Adidas leather Gazelle trainers
GREYS AND BLUES
Grey is also the new black for winter 2023. I’m beginning to feel a bit sorry for actual black now. Why does it always have to be replaced? Surely it can live alongside all the other colours that are trying to edge it out? Some may say that grey is boring, but I like it. Then again, some may say I am boring. I wouldn’t disagree. You’re looking at a woman who is genuinely excited about getting an allotment and would rather wake up at 6am than go to bed after midnight. I also really like grey and blue worn together.
- Boden relaxed cotton poplin shirt
- Massimo Dutti short wool blend coat
- Hush tailored crop wool blend trousers
- Hush cashmere fingerless gloves
- Albaray crew neck oversized jumper
- Black ladies navy cashmere socks
- Adidas Handball Spezial suede trainers
Next week we will have a look at some Christmas Day outfit ideas. Are you a ‘PJs all day’ household? Or do you get your glad rags on?