13 chic outfits for every type of Christmas occasion

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Katie Holmes' silky cami dress and cosy coat is ideal for celebratory drinks al fresco. Credit: Getty

The Christmas period traditionally poses a myriad of wardrobe dilemmas. While celebrations are set to be smaller thanks to the tier system in the UK, the desire to dazzle more so than we do the rest of the year is still present - and needed more than ever. It's worth thinking about what you're planning to wear for all of the different socially-distanced events you have coming up over the next fortnight.

From the Zoom Christmas gatherings to last minute supermarket sweeps and New Year's Eve lounging, these chic outfit ideas will solve all your festive wardrobe quandaries... 

Carol service

Unless you want to be completely miserable in five seconds flat (churches are notoriously freezing), dress up warm for listening (singing is off the cards in most places this year) to Good King Wenceslas and Deck the Halls. Opt for a coloured cashmere scarf which will be a welcome addition to a block coloured wool coat. 

Ruffle wrap dress, £120, & Other Stories; Leather boots, £345, Loeffler Randall; Printed scarf, £99, Hobbs; Coat, £335, Baum und Pferdgarten; Hoops, £130, Mejuri

Zoom Christmas party

Set yourself apart from your fellow housebound party goers and opt for a jazzy midi dress. The high street is awash with sophisticated dresses (think patterns, velvet, metallics and voluminous sleeves). Invest in one, and then accessorize with a pair of video-call-friendly statement earrings. 

Polka dot dress, £99, Kitri; Fringe earrings, £50, Uterque; Strappy mules, £225, Aeyde

Homeward bound

If you're able to travel and visit family or friends for the holidays, contrast luxe-looking wrap coats with comfy trousers and trainers for the perfect lo-fi balance. No matter how many bags you’re carrying, the nipped-in waist will help you look pulled together. 

Knitted joggers, £32, River Island; Leather trainers, £89.95, Massimo Dutti; Striped knit, £175, Toast; Belted coat, £335, Uterque

Cocktail o’clock in the garden

Show a little décolletage in a dress with a deep neckline (though do bring a cosy coat, too) and accessorise with a brooch. Rich burgundy, luxurious cream, festive red and emerald green are the hues du jour.

Brocade coat, £226, Wolf & Badger; Matte red lipstick, £25, Charlotte Tilbury; Velvet platforms, £25.99, Stradivarius; 1980s Vintage swan brooch, £165, Susan Caplan; Bessy dress, £95, Ghost

Supermarket sweep

A backpack stuffed with reusable shoppers will be your best accessory on the dreaded supermarket run. Leave your coat in the car and rush round the store in a lightweight sweatshirt, slouchy trousers and trainers.  You'll look cool and comfortable - ideal for when you inevitably bump into someone else on a turkey mission. 

Reusable tote, £34, Ace & Prince; Trainers, £120, Veja; Sweatshirt, £25, Weekday; jersey trousers, £85, Reiss; Resuable face mask, £10, Baukjen

Christmas Eve

Opt for a romantic suit, with a silky pussy bow blouse underneath (à la Gucci) for the most twinkly of evenings, even if you'll be spending it only with whoever is in your bubble. Pair with sparkly slingbacks or pointy satin flats accordingly. 

Nrby velvet joggers, £150, John Lewis and Nrby velvet blazer, £250, John Lewis; Christy hoops, £75, Daphine; Satin blouse, £34.99, Mango; Slingbacks, £96, Boden

Christmas morning

Matchy-matchy pyjama sets are a no-brainer for present opening. Stay snug by layering a sumptuous dressing gown  or cosy cashmere throw over the top. Finish with sheepskin slippers. 

Ugg slippers, £80, Office; Madeleine Thompson cashmere cape, £380, Net-a-Porter; Pyjama set, £365, Yolke

Queen of the kitchen 

Rely on cotton and denim basics for your stint by the stove. Accessorize with a jazzy apron and a glass of prosecco. A hairband to stop the fly-aways falling across your eyes will also be a welcome addition. 

Mom jeans, £19.99, H&M; Knitted top, £69, Cos; Apron, £13.95, Emma Bridgewater; Hairclip, £24, Tort

Christmas Day

Opt for something with a little sparkle, flare or embellishment - it's Christmas after all. Wear a sparkly or colourful knit - ideal for nailing table-top dressing - and pair with relaxed tuxedo trousers or a silky skirt and chic mules. 

Leather mules, £139, Kurt Geiger; Iris & Ink satin midi skirt, £98, The Outnet; Lele Sadoughi headband, £99, Harvey Nichols; Metallic cardigan, £19.99, Zara

Boxing Day

Heavy-weight skirts and comfortable flats are perfect for stomping to a pub on Boxing Day if you're able to. A chunky knit will keep you looking festive while slick accessories will elevate your cosy look. 

Knit weave skirt, £295, Joseph; Mock croc bag, £390, Chylak; Snaffle loafer, £195, Russell & Bromley;  Wool cardigan, £115, Arket

Country walk

Waterproof boots might be essential for hilly walks, but they don’t have to be generic. Look for short wellies or hiking boots in an interesting colour for a practical option that's also chic should you be able to stop for a coffee. Casual checks and bright woollen accessories are also a must. 

Mom jeans, £39.99, Topshop; Puffer, £179, Whistles; Nanette boots, £310, Grenson; Rails checked shirt, £150, Selfridges; Mock croc crossbody bag, £150, LK Bennett

New Year’s Eve

While it's highly likely you'll be indoors, that's no excuse not to dress up and see in the New Year in style. A jumpsuit is a fabulous New Year's Eve option; comfortable for dancing around the living room, and dressy enough so it feels special. Try adding some asymmetric earrings for a modern take on disco jewellery, and high heels as you can slip them off whenever you feel like it. 

Satin jumpsuit, £155, Uterque; Rhinestone earrings, £60, Essentiel Antwerp;  Manolo Blahnik crystal mules, £925, Browns Fashion

New Year’s Day

The bank holiday (and no doubt the lack of sleep from the night before if you stayed up late) calls for luxe brushed pyjamas that you can laze around in all day without feeling slobby. 

Flannel pyjamas, £29.90, Uniqlo; Sheepskin slippers, £60, Just Sheepskin; Striped dressing gown, £39.95, Joules

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