If, like us, you have been busy planning Christmas party outfits but not actually for the day itself, fear not. We’ve done the hard work for you.

Whether you are having a glam grown-up dinner party with canapes or a relaxed family affair at home with The Snowman and a box of quality street, we’ve picked the best pieces to shop whatever your plans, from high-shine co-ords to chic matching knitwear.

There are two types of people. The ultra-sophisticated, ‘must-dress up in lashings of sequins and serve champagne’ type and the super low key ‘stays in PJs all day and plays charades if not asleep by 5pm’ type. Of course, there is no right or wrong. But comfort is absolutely essential either way, whether you’re the hostess with the mostess or lounging on the sofa.

If dressing up is a tradition for you at Christmas, mastering a relaxed elegance can be somewhat difficult, with partywear generally not designed to be cute and comfortable. Fortunately, brands like Ukrainian label Sleeper got the memo, redesigning nightwear to take you from bed to brunch, with their glamorous vintage-inspired pyjamas trimmed with feathers perfect for parties. Jumpsuits are great options too and London-based brand Harmur has a wide-leg, halterneck style in Fuscia that will steal the show. Shop for loose-fitting co-ord sets in sequin or silk and look for elasticated waistbands for all-day comfort.

Shop for loose-fitting co-ord sets in sequin or silk and look for elasticated waistbands for all-day comfort.

 

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If you are spending Christmas at home with your nearest and dearest consuming copious amounts of cheese and watching re-runs of Doctor Who, you are probably joining most of the population. Comfort is key for lounging and lunching so opt for cosy loungewear, chunky knits and soft cashmere – it’s one step up from pyjamas and will make you feel put-together without the drama. Sweater dresses are a chic choice and fashion favourites The Frankie Shop and Raey, both known for their stylish luxury basics, have great options which you can wear post-Christmas with chunky boots and an oversized coat. Zara’s offering of matching separates is massive and you are bound to find something you love. Go a step up from the classic neutral hues and buy knitwear in emerald green and bordeaux red – it will help you feel Christmasy, even if in sweatpants. See you on the other side…

Comfort is key for lounging and lunching so opt for cosy loungewear, chunky knits and soft cashmere – it's one step up from pyjamas and will make you feel put-together without the drama.

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