As I alluded to last week, Christmas jumpers are very much a ‘thing’ here in the UK, and have been for the last few years. It is pretty much expected of you that at least one of your Christmas events, whether on the day itself for dinner with you family, or as a ‘goofy’ theme for the office xmas do, you will be expected to sport some knitwear that is Christmas themed. I’m not exactly against this as I’m a sucker for fancy dress and have never been afraid to look a bit silly, but it can be a little annoying when you’re the kind of girl that likes to use any opportunity she can to dress to the nines and you’ve been instructed to don a woolly jumper! They aren’t usually the classiest of garments!
Up until last year, the jumper I dragged out of the closet once per year was your usual cheesy number – a thick, bright red knit with a huge Christmas Pudding on the front, complete with 3D berries on top. Now, I still have a fondness in my heart for this jumper, but it wasn’t at all what I’d class as ‘pretty’, and oh holy hell did I get hot in that jumper! I cannot tell you the number of times I got told off for taking off my festive wear too early, but it was a case of life and death, I promise! Luckily, last year my Mum helped me solve this problem by buying me this rather lovely sequinned affair, which she couldn’t resist due to the uncanny resemblance to my Bonnie! It’s perfect, because while it holds all the qualities of a good Christmas jumper – a bit kitsch, definitely festive and with a healthy dose of glitz – it is also very soft and lightweight and a little more glamorous than cheesy, and I loved it so much I even wore it on Christmas Day, paired with a rather over the top, huge red skirt and my beloved Christmas Shoes (or Ted Baker Keanah 2s to the rest of the population…)
Obviously I was going to wear it again this year thanks to it’s ability to be ‘dressed up’, but as transpires, this year’s requirement was somewhat more casual. We were asked to don them for what was to be our last Team Briefing at work, which was to be followed with a little celebration of the year just gone and a buffet. Grey and red aren’t colours I would often put together, but that’s the palette the jumper gave me, so I ended up with this – an outfit remarkably similar to my Christmas Day outfit, just dressed down somewhat! I couldn’t resist wearing another big red skirt at the end of the day, and luckily this H&M one has always done me well for day wear. I was a little bit sad not to be wearing my Christmas Shoes, but you can’t have everything. These red lace up flats, which I think may have ended up being one of my favourite purchases of the year, were perfectly festive enough. And to be honest, I might have lost a couple of toes to frostbite if I’d tried to commute in peep toes and no tights!!