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What to wear at Christmas by Fashion Editors Laura Fantacci, Erica Davies and Antonia Kraskowski

97960350f987df986dbef1d14d015b75What will you be wearing whilst you’re rocking around the Christmas tree? Will you be dressing up whilst dreaming of a White Christmas? Or is All you want for Christmas a set of pjs to slip into on Boxing Day? Sorry…I’ll stop right now, you probably have a lot of things to do before you drive home for Christmas (*I’ll get my coat*)….But, really, what are you going to wear over the festive period? Are you thinking about turning yourself into a glamorous Christmas tree a la the Gucci show above? Or perhaps you’re going more low-key with comfy clothes to incorporate the almost guaranteed expansion of your waistline…. If you haven’t yet thought about it, then read on as we have inspiration from three very stylish women….

Laura Fantacci, Fashion Editor and founder of Wardrobe Icons and Wearing it Today

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Christmas Eve

I’m gong to be wearing a beautiful red lace Miu Miu dress that I bought myself after my daughter Greta was born as a ‘back in shape’ present to myself. I’ll also wear a coat of Nars lipstick in my new favourite shade, which happens to be called Greta!

It's not quite Miu Miu, but this red lace dress, £xx, from Reiss is very festive.

It’s not quite Miu Miu, but this red lace dress, £245, from Reiss is very festive.

Christmas Day

On Christmas Day, I’ll be wearing my black lace culottes from Coast, cage pumps from J.Crew and the cosiest cashmere I own. In my hand, I’ll have my gorgeous new glitter Bix bag from Aspinal of London

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Lace culottes, £75, Coast; Cashmere sweater, £360, Chinti & Parker (don’t forget to enter our competition to win one of these!); Star clutch, £595, Aspinal of London

Boxing Day

On Boxing Day it’ll be a fabulous cashmere Heather grey jumpsuit that I got from Warehouse (no longer in stock), cashmere socks from The White Company and Creme de la Mer on my face!

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Cashmere socks, £35, The White Company; Creme de la Mer, from £105; Cashmere jumpsuit, £345, Allude

Check out Laura’s fabulous Christmas Gift Guide at Wardrobe Icons here. You can follow her on twitter @WITblog and on Instagram @WITblog and @WardrobeIcons

Antonia Kraskowski, Acting Fashion Editor of The Express

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When contemplating my seasonal wardrobe, I have to admit that this year I’ve got way more into the Christmas spirit than usual and as such, am planning on going for a combination of sequins, metallics and festive themed knits:

Christmas Eve

This year is the first year that we’ll be out rather than having our traditional family dinner so I’m going all out on the sparkly party theme with a very twinkly update on the LBD from Miss Selfridge’s amazing Premium range. Rather than heels, I’m going to balance out the jazziness with a pair of flat ankle boots that mean I won’t be waking up with any sprains or sore feet.

Beaded dress, was £250 now £125, Miss Selfridge

Beaded dress, was £250 now £125, Miss Selfridge

Christmas Day

There’s nothing quite like a good festive jumper to hide the effects of the third helping of the cheese plate. My dream option is the sequin cable knit from Boden, but even at the reduced price of £195.30 (was £279), it’s just a little bit out of my price range so I’ll be hitting up Topshop instead for this or this little number. Having just watched Home Alone 2, I suddenly also want this Two Turtle Doves jumper.

I’ll be pairing my chosen knit (so many choices that I’m yet to make up my mind) either with a mini skirt or the more comfortable option of my favourite MiH smart-ish Paris cropped jeans and my brand new shiny, shiny loafers from Office.

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Sequin sweater, now £195.30, Boden; Paris cropped jeans, £160, MiH; Silver loafers, £68, Office

Boxing Day

By Boxing Day all of the food, drink and merriment will no doubt have royally caught up with me so rather than try to fight my way through the swarms, I intend to curl up on the sofa with the rest of the cheese plate and do some online sales shopping. If there’s ever anything that this situation should require, its a spot of cashmere. A few years ago, I picked up a pair of Chinti & Parker star trackpants in the sales that have been invaluable ever since (sadly now discontinued), however, this pair from Celtic & Co look lovely. Maybe for the occasion, I’ll treat myself to this tee by Zoe Karssen.

T-shirt, £60, Zoe Karssen

T-shirt, £60, Zoe Karssen

For expert fashion advice you can follow Anti on twitter @adulescent and on Instagram @antoniaesque.

Erica Davies, Fashion Editor and founder of Modern Mum Must-Have

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I love Christmas Day dressing up – even if it does mean (and it generally does) that I will get very hot, bothered and almost certainly have changed outfits by the time turkey sandwiches are being served up in the evening.

First thing in the morning, it’s all about great pyjamas and slippers – after all, with children involved there is bound to be a camera capturing the event for posterity. I love new British label Yawn for gorgeous, stylish and warm PJs that you won’t mind being seen in. My favourite are the heart printed set which are slouchy, comfy and totally perfect for lounging around – even at the in-laws, which is where I will be this year. I’m asking for these velvet lovelies from Boden which scream slipper luxury and would also make a brilliant present for any female member of the family. Having said all that, I spotted this in Marks & Spencer and have to say it would make the most decadent Christmas morning outfit – you probably wouldn’t want to get changed all day though!

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Where the Heart is pj set, £95, Yawn; Velvet slippers, £29, Boden; Cashmere onesie, £225, M&S

After breakfast I will get changed into something a little more festive and chic – but it has to be comfortable because I will probably be on my knees most of the afternoon adding batteries to small trucks and other kinds of noise machines. I have just invested in this skirt from Whistles, which I’ve already worn dressed down with a grey Isabel Marant sweatshirt and Stan Smith trainers, but because of the glitter in the thread, it’ll make a perfect base for my Christmas Day outfit.

Cecil sparkle skirt, £xx, Whistles

Cecil sparkle skirt, £135, Whistles

I’ve had a black 3/4 sleeve sweatshirt covered in green sequins and a dog’s face from H&M tucked away in my wardrobe for a few weeks (no longer online annoyingly, but it was from their TREND section) and love the idea of pairing the slouchy, kitsch print with a smarter skirt. I’ll probably add a black and white stripe long sleeved tee beneath for a bit of layering interest.

For shoes, they will be metallic and flat – I love these from Tabitha Simmons, but if Father Christmas isn’t feeling that generous then Next’s collection of shoes are really strong this season. I love their D’Orsay silver pointed toe flats. And I am praying Santa brings me a Carolina Bucci labradorite initial ring (which has been on my list for a couple of years now!), but in reality I will layering up my gems from Monica Vinader, Astrid & Miyu and possibly my entire collection of Z For Accessorize, which I adore.

You can follow Erica on Twitter and Instagram @Erica_Davies

Carolina Bucci rings

Carolina Bucci rings

Happy Christmas!

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