It is like a tradition for me to dress in my best on Christmas day, whether I buy the outfit beforehand or wear something given as a present. I wear brand new clothes even though I simply cook, eat or lounge around playing games for most of the ‘big day’, but I can’t beat the habit.
This year is the first year my boyfriend and I are hosting on Christmas day, and our roles have been reversed… You would think I would be nagging him to help out in the kitchen or cleaning, instead I am pestering him to find an outfit for the day! All he has on his mind is cooking the most flavoursome gammon ham for Christmas Eve and the juiciest turkey for Christmas day (not that I am complaining because I cannot wait to tuck into my Christmas grub!)
I’ve told him he has to embrace his own home and stand in his dining room feeling proud to be serving his own delicious food to his guests. To do this portraying authority and charisma he needs to wear the correct clobber. If you play back the classic Christmas films you will notice that the Christmas period tends usually to run smoothly at some point and that the ‘man of the manor’ plays a huge role in this, always dressed in a smart, festive-inspired outfit. Avoiding the classic Fair Isle/snowflake/reindeer knitted designs because I’ve seen enough Christmas knitwear to last me my lifetime of Christmases, I have carefully selected what I would like to see the ‘man of my house’ wearing come Christmas day…
When deciding on this outfit I had an image of a Christmas tree in my head and I permanently had red and green stuck on the brain. Although a little mixed up with the green layering the red instead of vice versa (like a Christmas tree trimmed with red decorations) I think the red Levis corduroy shirt and the green Anerkjendt textured knitted cardigan complement each other. They promote a laid back look of the classic shirt and blazer medley with corduroy and knitted cotton and wool fabrics, plus the colours just ooze a sense of warmth which is a bonus when it is -5 outside and there’s snow on the ground!
When deciding on the bottom half of the outfit I purposely avoided jeans and chinos, eager for a bit of a contrast and I was instantly driven towards the Anerkjendt brand and especially to the Billy twill trousers once again – I love them so much and they suit my tall lanky boyfriend perfectly! Finally suited and booted with some good proper H By Hudson Rawlings leather winter boots, which is a type of shoe that my boyfriend seems to be allergic to, only ever wearing leather and canvas trainers, regardless of the season! The brogue style detailing is a simple, classic smart look that you can’t go wrong with.
If you’re not going to be the host in your house this Christmas then you don’t deserve nice clothes to wear!! Ha only joking. Perhaps you’re the guest at someone else’s manor, in which case the same rules do actually apply, it would be impolite to turn up in your tracksuit and lounge around all day waiting to be fed!