What to wear Christmas Day

Nikki ParkinsonFashion 63 Comments

It’s four weeks until Christmas Eve.

I know gift buying is all about giving to others but I’m a big fan of the self-gift too.

We’re worth it, don’t you think?

The gift I’m most likely to buy myself at Christmas is something to wear on Christmas Day.

I think this goes back to being a kid and more often than not receiving something new in the clothes department on Christmas morning … well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Now while I may not be a fan of fancy dress, I am a fan of channelling an outfit to suit the theme of the occasion.

And when that occasion is Christmas, you can expect I’ll be as coordinated as a shopping centre Christmas tree in colours of red, green or white.

Throw in a few gold and/or silver accessories and you could probably park me in the corner, wrap a strand of lights around me and stick a few presents at my feet. No-one would be the wiser.

There is a lot of fun in dressing for Christmas Day.

Whether you dress in a Christmas colour scheme or not, these what to wear Christmas Day tips will help you find an outfit worthy of a self-gift. Plus I’ve found 12 festive frocks you can shop online for right now.

Christmas Day style tips

1. Dress for the location. Yes, I know the occasion Christmas but will you be celebrating pool or beachside, on a deck, indoors in air-conditioning (or heater depending on which part of Australia you live), at a hotel or restaurant? This will determine how casual or dressed up your outfit needs to be.

2. Beach or poolside calls for loose garments you can easily take off and throw on over a swimsuit.  Make the swimsuit and your hat and sunnies part of the outfit as that’s what you’ll most be in throughout the day.

what to wear Christmas Day red

1. Maiocchi dress $319 | 2. Skylark maxi dress $69.95 @ The Treasure Emporium | 3. Firefly dress $80 @ The Butterfly House | 4. Bohemian Traders dress $109 

3. In the backyard or on a deck or verandah? You’ll most probably be relying on nature’s air-conditioning system to keep you cool. Help that along and opt for natural fabrics in more flowing styles.

4. If lunch is a more formal home affair or you’re out at a restaurant or hotel, something a little more dressy is called for. We’re not talking cocktail, more an outfit you’d wear to the races (without a hat) or to a summer wedding.

What to wear Christmas Day - white

1. Ollie & Max dress $149.95 | 2. JAG dress $159.95 @ Birdsnest | 3. Metalicus dress $159.95 | 4. Surafina dress $69

5. White really is all right. I know you’re sick of me saying there’s no need to be scared of white but really there isn’t. Just have Napisan at the ready. Preparing food? Wear an apron. It’s such a cool and fresh colour.

6. Accessorise with shiny baubles.  Whatever colour you opt to wear, a little shimmer and shine will only add to the festive nature of your outfit. Metallic flats, a cocktail ring or statement necklace … all are your friends in the outfit decorating department.

What to wear Christmas Day - Green

1. Country Road dress $249 | 2.  Kalokeri maxi dress $179 @ Sequins and Sand | 3. Adrift dress $79.95 | 4. Blue Bungalow silk kaftan $310

7. Frock up.  If you haven’t worked it out already, I’m all for the frock when it comes to Christmas Day dressing. Mostly this is because it’s your coolest option for beating the heat but also because a frock just simplifies the whole putting an outfit together scenario. Frocks for me also mark a moment in time. If I’ve bought myself a new frock for Christmas Day then I very much remember that Christmas and associate that particular frock with a wonderful day.

So tell me … do you self-gift at Christmas time? Do you buy yourself something new to wear? Bought anything yet? Share below in the comments?

PS. Many (not all) of the frocks I’ve featured today are from small independent designers or boutique owners who advertise on Styling You – I’m so appreciative of their support and would love you to click through and see what they have on offer.

PPS. Make sure you check out the links below for more gift ideas and tips. And bookmark this page as those links will increase as we get closer to Christmas. If you’re a blogger who’s posted about Christmas gift buying, add your link too!


Comments 63

  1. Some fabulous options! And I’m with you, I love having something new to wear on Xmas day. That being said, I’ve only recently treated myself (with hubs approval so less guilt) to a few new pieces from tiger lily so will prob wear one of those! Can’t wait to see what everyone else wears!

  2. Loving lots of your suggestions; fabulous for Christmas Day and to pack for the holidays – our xmas day this year is low key – swimmers and a cover up – but the night of the 24th is another story – glamorous cocktails, absolutely need to dress up for this occasion – loving the GREEN options for a nice change – thank you for the updates xx

  3. Love a Christmas Day dress. Something to get me in the groove and put a pep in my step for the big day ahead. Cool, relaxed chic and floaty. Then down to the beach for a looooong walk. Lovely choices. Always hard to go past the white, red and green numbers. Thanks for the inspiration. Have you yours yet 🙂 Ax

  4. Thanks for the fabulous Christmas dress suggestions. I’ve been so busy Christmas shopping I haven’t yet had the chance to think about a Christmas outfit. Now I’ve got a great starting point.

  5. You are a woman after my own heart! I have been pondering what I will wear on Christmas Day and you have inspired me to go out and buy a new dress. It is quite hot where I live in country NSW, so I need something cool and flowing! I love the Red Skylark Maxi and the Green Adrift dress but both are sold out; there are some lovely dresses on their websites. I am going shopping next week in Newcastle so hope to find something there!

  6. Love all the dresses you’ve showcased. I’ve always bought a new frock for Christmas day, which of course is something slightly more special (but dressy casual) than I would normally buy. I have even always bought my son a “Christmas t-shirt” although this year he’s 13 so I don’t think he’ll oblige!!! However, there’s always the odd family party the week before, then NYE so another couple of outfits need to be bought!!!

  7. Love this post. I get so excited about buying an outfit for Christmas Day, it really makes it special! My boys and husband always get new t’s for xmas that inevitably get worn that day. As we are home this year, I’m going a bit casual, i just yesterday bought a striped dress from Sussan that I’m going to jazz up with red/ silver accessories. But there are some lovely suggestions here, I may also need something for Boxing Day!!

  8. Yes I self-gift. However I will buy some nice and modest pyjamas for myself as inevitably end up with hubby taking photos from the crack of dawn when the kids wake up to see what Santa has brought…..and they have no patience to wait for mummy to get her frock on

  9. Oooohhh I love dressing up for Christmas Day and love all your suggestions. Scary how it only seems about 5 minutes since your last what to wear on Xmas Day post though….

  10. love the dresses.but what to do when you are born with chuncky legs.I envy ladies who can wear the shorter dresses.Sometimes long dresses and slacks are just so hot,Insert sad face.

    1. Dear Hope, I’ll bet no-one but you thinks they are chunky. In fact I’ll bet they are not even chunky at all! You can wear definitely wear a short dress. My legs really are chunky but I feel better about them with a high heel and after the 2nd glass of wine I don’t care! Go for it! X

  11. Yes Nikki I am very good at gifting myself something new to wear on Christmas day and I’ve bought 2 new maxi dresses from katies and I’m off to Myer today to spend some birthday vouchers so I will see what I can find.Love all the dresses you have picked I’m definitely a dress girl,thank you Xx

  12. Perfect timing, Nikki!

    I just ordered the Firefly dress from Butterfly House. I love how descriptive they are about each dress, outlining the body shape each dress would suit best.

    Can’t wait until my dress arrives.

    It’s been very slim pickings at the bricks and mortar stores this season with regard to pretty and comfortable frocks to wear this season.

    Thanks again

    SSG xxx

  13. a good selection of frocks, especially love the white … thanks nikki for the prompt! … note to self! … get sorted hun! … I’m not a frock person though
    and I try not to wear black on Christmas day!;0 … i’ll wear white this year! … btw I do know which shoes I’m wearing! … love m:)X

    1. just looked at your f/b page and love the black and white number on you! ab/fab nikki! and you do try to cover every different style and budget! … good on you! hugs! m:)X

  14. Fantastic suggestions, Nikki. You have got me thinking. I was planning to wear something I already own on Christmas Day but it would be nice to get something new. I love quite a few of those dresses and great to see some independent labels and affordable pieces on the list. The Firefly Wendy dress is my favourite. Do you own one? Would love to see what it looks like on someone roughly my size.

  15. Thanks so much Nikki, just bought the Skylark maxi dress ..great price with bonus free postage and they also take returns if doesn’t suit ..Christmas events and Christmas day wear (poolside ) now sorted ! x

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