From getting cosy around the Christmas tree to bossing the office party, the festive season presents several wardrobe conundrums, says fashion journalist Francine Macmillan. Luckily, you'll find everything you need and more in Knightsbridge for a wonderful Christmas.It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and when the holiday season arrives our minds tend to go into overdrive with planning, figuring out how to balance familiar traditions with irresistible newness. On top of findingthe perfect gifts for our nearest and dearest, we start the search for impressive new recipes to try, new sparkling cocktails to sip, new tablescape hacks to amp-up our hosting skills and, last but not least, something new to wear. When it comes to dressing for every scenario, the season of more-is-more can feel overwhelming, so we’re here to solve your sartorial dilemmas. Read on to discover our pick of the best festive fashion in Knightsbridge – freeing up some time to take in the neighbourhood’s dazzling Christmas windows on your spree.
What to wear for a wonderful Christmas
Dressing for a work party can be daunting – no one wants to arrive wearing the same thing as Karen from accounts or Jeff from IT. However, we don’t get to wear sequins often, so it’s important to leave any fear behind and just embrace the glamour of the occasion with something fun or glitzy. The Kooples on Brompton Road has a flattering mini wrap dress that’s covered in silver sequins, while the men’s section has jazzy party shirts, suit trousers, and Chelsea boots. For a more subtle touch of bling, add a rhinestone clutch from Guess or the iridescent Metropolis number from Italian leather goods brand Furla.
If you are hosting Christmas lunch at home this year, spending the morning unwrapping gifts to a soundtrack of Mariah before eventually settling down (stuffed) to watch the King’s speech, you will need something cosy to wear that doesn’t compromise on style. Luxe pyjamas are the answer – the kind that you could even keep on if you did end up popping to your local for a celebratory glass of champagne. Head to Harrods where you’ll find glamorous, feather-trimmed numbers by Ukranian brand Sleeper, including the shimmery ‘Cosmos’ set in a deep green shade that will complement your Christmas tree, as well as silk or organic cotton unisex options courtesy of Desmond & Dempsey. Alternatively, if you want to feel extra snug by a roaring fire, eschew novelty sweaters in favour of knits that can be worn beyond Christmas Day. Burberry’s Sloane Street boutique has this under control with these argyle wool and chess options. We have our eyes on the matching checked skirts and turtlenecks, too, along with the cute and coordinating hot water bottles.
After all the food and frivolity, there is nothing quite like stepping out into some crisp, fresh air for a walk on Boxing Day. Wrapping up in warm winter wonders is key to braving the elements, starting with a weatherproof top layer. Stop by AlphaTauri’s store on Brompton Road to try its waterproof jackets and padded Primaloft® designs on for size. Embrace a chic winter-white look with the Omona coat that will keep you protected against both the wind and rain (and look especially chic over the chalk-hued Finta turtlneck). Or stick to a timeless neutral with the Kaav parka, made using recycled fibres and innovative Taurobran® technology. Over in the men’s department, the Otace puffer in classic blue looks great teamed with everything from your trustiest jeans to your favourite chinos. Once you’re sorted, stock up on insulating pieces to go underneath, like the Seova hoodie or the Soreno crewneck.
New Years Eve
Planning to party like it’s 1999? Consider dressing just like the disco ball you’ll be dancing under until 2024. Trending in a big way, silver trousers are a go-to, and Reiss has the perfect pair. Turn to Zara for the ideal black bodysuit to wear them with, and finish with Gucci’s crystal-embellished Tom mules from the legendary Harvey Nichols shoe department. For party-perfect men’s tailoring, Ted Baker has suits in plush corduroy. Available in green or navy, its jacket and slim-fit trousers have the sheen of velvet, and look dapper over a turtleneck. All that leaves is footwear, and Church’s has the right dress shoe for everyone.
Francine Macmillan is Fashion Content Editor at Porter Magazine and has written for Vogue, i-D and Telegraph Fashion