Christmas Fashion Essentials

Sadhbh Sullivan runs through the biggest trends of the Christmas season

With Christmas exams looming, it seems as though the last thing we’re currently thinking about is outfit planning. Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year: the lights, the cosy jumpers and the hot chocolates by the fire – everything about it seems so perfect.  

While it’s hard to find time for yourself in the midst of studying, “’tis the season to be jolly,” and nothing cheers me up more than a little bit of retail therapy.

Scarf: €12, Penneys

Faux fur is one of my favourite Christmas trends. Each year High Street stores are filled with an array of faux fur pieces, from scarves to jackets and just about everything in between. This season is all about mixing textures, so while many of my favourite faux fur jackets are beyond worthy of breaking the bank, subtly incorporating fur into your look is a great way to achieve this seasonal trend on a budget. Penneys are currently stocking an array of faux fur scares, offering the perfect subtle addition to any outfit for under €12, as seen in a shot from this month’s photoshoot.

Christmas is one of the few times in the year that everyone can pull off a velveteen look. Making a comeback each year, velvet pieces are staples in my Christmas wardrobe. This year velvet suits are hitting the rails with a storm, proving to create some of the most quirky, cute Christmas looks. Although they may be slightly on the pricier side, velvet is a timeless Christmas trend that will inevitably re-emerge from your wardrobe each year. I’ve sourced my favourite velvet suit from Topshop this year, however more pieces are continuing to emerge across high street stores ahead of the Christmas rush.

It wouldn’t really be Christmas without adding a little bit of sparkle to your look. It seems as though fashion buyers have eyes like magpies this season, with all things sequin and sparkly sneaking their way back into our wardrobes.

Thankfully, most of us won’t be complaining about this one, taking the quote “she who leaves a trail of glitter is never forgotten” to a literal level. This Christmas is set to see full glittering outfits, the bolder the better.

A sequinned dress is the perfect way to incorporate this trend, and while it may never reappear from your wardrobe until next year, hopefully it will be worth it for a night of embracing being extra.

Image: Topshop

If you haven’t already noticed the craze this season, sock boots are the “IT” thing to have in your wardrobe this year. Adding a finishing touch to almost any outfit, sock boots are perfect for both day and night. Whilst Penneys have released their own version of the boot, Zara’s sock boots remain at the top of my wish list. Taking heels to a whole new level of comfort, this trend is definitely something I can back.

Finally, nothing screams Christmas quite like adding a pop of red to your wardrobe. Red, a key A/W trend which was styled in our September issue, is such a versatile colour, so thankfully it can fit into your wardrobe pretty much all year round. Combining this yearly trend with the recent vinyl obsession, a red vinyl skirt, as seen in this month’s photoshoot above, is the perfect addition to your wardrobe this Christmas. Try mixing textures by teaming it with your favourite slogan tee, a pair of fishnets and a leather jacket. Missguided currently stock some of my seasonal favourites, but thankfully you can catch the red vinyl trend in pretty much any high street store.

Christmas is all about embracing life, this year why not let your outfit do the talking.