What to wear Christmas Day

Nikki Parkinson Fashion 55 Comments

Two weeks today until the big one.

December 25.

Forget your gift shopping list for a minute. It’s time to implement Outfit Planning Mode (OPM).

Sorted already?

Awesome. Maybe share your outfit in the comments below.

Still looking for a starting point?

This post just might help you get on track for what to wear Christmas Day?

I’ve covered off on the beauty side of things, now I’m talking keeping your cool and looking fabulous in an outfit that will serve you well on the day and beyond.

Now, you may not be of the same festive school of outfit thought but I do like to embrace the colours of the season.

It’s by no means essential.

I’ve kept the below suggestions on the casual side as most questions in this Facebook post concerned dressing for a casual Christmas Day.

And I know for some of you it will be a day spent in your swimsuit, with a cover-up thrown over for lunch.

I will be doing something similar – if the weather behaves and delivers us a great Sunshine Coast beach day for our last Christmas here.

I’ve also kept the outfits simple – and flowy.

It’s a personal preference when the champagne and food will be flowing in plentiful amounts … and on a day when the lounge will be calling out for a little post-Christmas lunch nana nap.

What to wear Christmas Day - the maxi dress

Nest Picks maxi dress $99.95 @ Birdsnest | Misuzi necklace $129 @ Halcyon State | Uberkate bangle $345 | Nude flats $89.95 @ Styletread

Never underestimate the casual elegance of a maxi dress. This one does have a lot of fabric so may be worth buying down a size if it still fits up top.

You could also belt this dress if your torso is a lovely long one and benefits from a little waist cinching.

Don’t let the thin straps scare you. Wear a slip or seamless tank underneath and wear a normal bra.

What to wear Christmas Day - the short dress

Verily dress $120 | Polka Luka earrings $30 @ Birdsnest | Ruby Olive bangle $35 | Mollini wedges $129.95 @ Styletread

This is the quintessential Christmas frock.

A beautiful red in a design that is flattering and wearable.

Want to dress this up even more? Opt for blinged accessories and sparkle the whole day through.What to wear Christmas Day - the pants

Christine Kardashian blouse $145 | Country Road pants $149 | 8 Other Reasons necklace $84.95 @ The Iconic | Tony Bianco flats $139.95 @ Styletread

Not hot and humid where you celebrate Christmas?

Get on board this combination. It’s still says summer and Christmas but in an elegant pants statement.

You could also swap out the pants for shorts.

Love this top’s long sleeves with slits – for ventilation with flattery. And the colour is just gorgeous.

Tell me … what are your Christmas Day plans and what are you thinking of wearing?

Comments 55

  1. I’m hoping for a hot(ish) day to wear my new multi-coloured (pinks, oranges, yellows) maxi-dress from Witchery. Figure belted for the day, then potentially unbelted in the evening (after all that Christmas lunch & pudding!!!). Paired with my Ecco raspberry coloured heeled sandals. Festive, but not too much is the look I’m going for!

  2. Love the white ensemble. My outfits already chosen for Christmas. It’s a leopard print Valentino Red dress, and I am in love!!! I gave up coke zero as a compromise to getting this dress- am making financial amends with cola zero for the soda stream instead.
    We’ll be in Toowoomba- probably eating seafood poolside.

  3. We’re having Christmas at home this year, in Brisbane. My very fave place to be on Christmas Day :). It will be hot. I will be cooking. Need to wear something cool. I’m taking next week off work to get myself sorted for Christmas and outfit planning is on the list! Thanks for these great suggestions to get me thinking.

  4. Lunch at my Dad’s place (which I have to cook!) so it is nice and casual. At this stage it is the CR chambray pants and I am just working on a top for them. I am trying very hard Nikki not to copy your entire outfit but it could well end up that way!!

  5. I’m definitely a red gal – just LOVE that Verily dress (Christmas present to self, perhaps!). Our day is always casual with a small family gathering. This year it’s at our house so I’ll need to be comfy and cool – stylish will be a bonus!

  6. Christmas in Brisbane, so it’s the Sacha Drake Maddison dress for me, in bright red! Lovely maxi length and strapless for the inevitable heat.

  7. Im going to Denmark for Christmas and having a cold winter indoors all day will be a new experience for me. Im struggling with what to wear as it needs to be festive, but also warm. HELP!

  8. Love these suggestions, and you are so right, it’s all about being cool and comfortable but stylish too – because I intend to eat a lot and not beat myself up about it!

      1. Oh blimey! So you will 🙂 I hope it goes well. I know all about packing … my c.v. says “Good at packing brown paper boxes.” Wishing you a hassle free pack x

  9. We have invited some friends to join us for Christmas lunch this year as they are living here for work and all their family is back in Adelaide. Other than that just enjoying a quiet day with my husband and our two kids. I love the look of the red dress but not sure that full bright red is a colour that I could wear. I have been considering this dress as a option as it should be nice and cool. Maybe dress it up a little with some shiny silver accessories. http://www.birdsnest.com.au/brands/firefly/22656-amber-cotton-dress-1#IkatCoral

  10. 2 weeks! Shhh, don’t remind me! Uh, I haven’t even got all my Christmas shopping done. I have NO idea what I’ll be wearing, i’m so un-organised this year. Christmas for me is spent having a family lunch, plus this will be the first time my boyfriend ‘meets the parents’.

  11. its a three outfit day! supercool speedo Havana print one piece with navy short shorts, red vintage sunhat and white havianas for morning beach trip. White whayne Cooper broderie anglaise baby doll dress with silver slides and Alannah Hill sparkly headband for lunch and then Zimmerman halter malliot (hot pink) with sheer pale blue/greeen kaftan top and haviannas for afternoon beach. Alex Perry cateye shades for all three.

  12. Well, as I feel the heat horribly, I will wear a bright and colourful kaftan dress in soft cotton. I won’t wear jewellery because the sweat makes it stick to my skin – ick – and I’ll have bare feet because we’re staying at home! But my hair always has to be perfect – I’ve bought colourful clips to clip the sides up (I have a one-length bob similar to yours). Super casual and super comfy – yay!

  13. I’ve got the the navy blue Robbie dress from Birdsnest that (with you clever advice) going to shimmer up the legs for! I did see another dress tho (husband rolled his eyes for approval hehehe), the Seafolly tropical maxi!! Sooo pretty although, it looks to be quite sheer, could you wear a slip underneath do you think? I might just wait for the sales for that one. The Robbie dress is too pretty to keep in wardrobe 😉 Love the Wardrobe ideas above. Are you about simple earrings or being a little festive and wearing Christmas ones like funny aunts do? 🙂

  14. I Love the white dress Nikki, i have 3 dresses to decide from one is a watercolour maxi dress with splits in the hem so should be cool,my Camilla which is loose and flowy and I haven’t worn yet,but might to hubbys Christmas party this weekend on the Harbour cruise? I have a maxi one and a silk coral and white maxi dress,but i haven’t decided which one I will be wearing.Our Christmas is pretty casual but i like to look nice!We go to My parents for lunch this year and then to my Sister in Laws for dinner so i always need a comfortable chic dress that is cool and that can hide a food baby,though I do try not to eat too much at the first place or I can’t fit in the next meal.We take it in turns with each family one year lunch ,one year dinner.
    The big question is what will you be wearing Nikki!

  15. I love that white dress, gorgeous and goes perfectly with fox-in-flats ‘white’ style date for Christmas Day! I have 3 chrism as pool parties to go to over Christmas and Boxing Day so will definitely be going for something casual and easy.

  16. Love the verily dress. I’ve spent hours looking for a Christmas dress and had given up but that’s perfect. Do you know if the sizes are big or small and if I order today, do you think I’d get it in Brisbane by Xmas

    1. Hi Lucy, yes you would get it by Christmas. Verily is located on the Sunshine Coast. I’ve found the sizing runs true. I would be a 14 in that dress (am a 14 up top and 16 bottoms). Leonie, the designer, is always happy to answer your emails or phone calls before you buy.

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