We like a party as much as the next guy and we’re gearing up for Christmas in July. This begs the question ‘what to wear to a Christmas in July party?’ - or Yuletide for the more formal folk. The advent of wintery weather means it’s time to embrace the cold and invest in a few festive favourites. Here’s the winter staples we’ll be sporting for a chilly Christmas in July.
We’re happy to be criticised for ‘not getting in the Christmas spirit’ if it involves some sort of ghastly novelty knit. Instead, introduce colour blocking such as a burgundy sweater or camel cardigan against darker pants. Knitwear can still be daring and dashing though – look to checked jumpers and graphic prints for a (some might say) naughty but nice touch. When it comes to the neckline, there’s no looking past the crew neck for a style to suit all.
Style out the cold with a stellar jacket and we don’t mean a beer jacket. If you’ve gone with a plain jumper, don’t hold back on injecting personality to your outerwear. A coloured jacket or a classic leather jacket is a fresh option. If you’re attending a smart casual party, nothing less than a blazer will cut it. Style your blazer over a shirt buttoned to the top, adding skinny jeans and a pair of dress shoes. Since it’s no longer summer, avoid the no socks look.
It may be a food fest, but there’s a no sweatpants rule. A pair of slim or straight fit pants have enduring appeal and will go with just about anything – even that festive knit. Picking the perfect pair comes down to fabric and fit. Jeans will dress down a smart shirt, while chinos are your go-to if you’re steering towards laidback luxe. Plus, they have the added benefit of being easy to style. For those comfortable flashing a bit of ankle, choose dress pants that hover somewhere just around the ankle. It will also give the illusion of height.
While Christmas is a family affair, Christmas in July is for the friends which means something a little more versatile than slippers. A pair of leather loafers are sophisticated and comfortable when worn right – without a super skinny jean or overtly voluminous pants. Veer towards a streamlined silhouette when styling loafers: slim fit pants and a neat knit. Looking for something a little warmer as the temperatures dive? Forget the sleigh and navigate your way to the party in a pair of Chelsea boots. They’re well suited to your favourite pair of jeans rolled up at the ankles and styled with a shirt and jumper.