What To wear For A Traditional Christmas - (Noël en Vert et Or)
The thought of spending the Christmas celebrations among family and friends always fills us with excitement and glee. If you are being the hostess this year, you are most
probably planning the meals, presents, decorations and million other things that come with hosting Christmas in your home. I would wager that the last thing on your mind right now is what you will wear on the day. There are far more important matters to sort out first, n'est-ce pas?
As you may not have had the time to think about it yet, I have done the legwork for you. If you are opting for a traditional Christmas, why not choose green and gold as the two main colours of your outfit? Emerald green has been the colour of the year 2013 after all, so what better way to celebrate it than at Christmas?
With this in mind, I chose three emerald green dresses for you, which I think will be perfect on the day. The necklines of the top two dresses are high, in order to keep a sense of propriety. The decolletage of the third dress however goes a bit lower, so I would not advise women with a large bust to wear this style. Between you and me, I think that only the turkey breasts should be on show at the table. These dresses are fitted around the waist but not tight, ideal for coping with a large meal. At the knee is the right length to remain elegant. None of them are too revealing, as we can all agree that Christmas with the family is not the right time to look "sexy". Being elegant, after all, is knowing what to wear for every occasion. A gold necklace, a touch of red lipstick and a ruby red ring on your finger will finish off this ensemble perfectly.
Pair any of these dresses with a pair of gold shoes, in medium to high heels, depending on your levels of comfort. As I always host Christmas day (and Boxing Day on the 26th) at my house, I have learned a thing or two about comfort. So what I do is wear a casual outfit in the morning with ballet flats, while preparing the meal. Then shortly before everyone is due to arrive, I freshen up in the bathroom, put light makeup on and get changed. I always wear a dress and high heels, as once you sit down to eat, having high heels on is not too much of a problem.
Of course, these are only suggestions. You can wear what you already have in your wardrobe, which makes financial sense, taking in consideration the expenses of Christmas. A favourite LBD that fits you like a glove, either in black or a jewel colour, would be ideal. You can go all out with the jewellery on Christmas day and make a statement with gold or silver. For continued elegance, stay away from the flashing bauble earrings and tinsel around your neck. I know it's all very funny after a glass of wine or two, but the photos will make you cringe later on. Remember you can have fun without flashing anything.
As the next few days will be extremenly busy for you as the hostess, decide on what you will wear on the day, as soon as possible. This will be something that you can tick off your list, less to stress and fret about. Hang this outfit on the door of your closet, along with the accessories, lingerie, stockings and jewellery. Place the shoes underneath. On the morning, you won't have to look for anything at all, as your ensemble will be ready to wear. Voilà.
Above all, keep smiling and enjoy your Christmas.
I'm Marie-Anne Lecoeur. I teach women how to upgrade their style and think, shop & dress like a French woman in my Ecourses and The French Chic Academy
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