It was all over in a flash. The build up to Christmas this year felt like the longest period ever, yet the event itself was a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ situation. Now, the festive season is over, 2018 is upon us, and the weather is hideously grey, as if facing the reality we’ve all ignored over the past week and a half wasn’t already punishment enough.
The fact of the matter is that everything is just better at Christmas. We’re at least 10 times more cheerful, although that may have something to do with the constant flow of mulled wine in our bodies, but in truth, one of my favourite things about the month of December is how glamorous everyone is.
The art of dressing for Noel means that all bets are off. Want to wear a Macklemore-esque fur coat at 9am on a Tuesday morning? Go for it. A red lip 5 shades bolder than anything you would ever normally wear? It’s festive. The confidence of Christmas means that people will wear garments that spend the other 11 months of the year hidden in the depths of the wardrobes as they’re ‘special’. And you know what? I refuse to become one of those types.
Many people think that buying clothes doesn’t count as a legitimate hobby, but I think they’re wrong. Practicality does of course have to come into (some) fruition, I’ve caught far too many colds from a lack of layers and injured myself due to unsuitable shoes to argue otherwise. But, one of the beauties of having what some would call ‘far too many clothes’ means that whatever I choose to add will go with at least 3 things I already own. I also like to try and wear everything in my wardrobe as much as life allows, which means packing lightly is pretty much an impossibility (especially when you spend as much time as I do living out of my suitcase.) I also keep up the mantra that if something is just ‘average’, or that disgusting word… ‘nice’ then I won’t buy it. Why should hard earned cash go on ‘meh?’ Now that does mean I frequently may be the most overdressed in the room, but hey, someone’s got to do it.
I feel like more people should adopt this mantra. I’m all for a comfy jumper and jeans if that’s what makes you feel best, but why not go for a sparkly or brightly patterned jumper, one that would normally be reserved for a ‘special occasion’ to brighten yourself and your routine up? If that doesn’t make you feel fabulous then the compliments you most definitely will receive will do the same job. Just keep the Christmas jumper out of bounds until December- even I would say that’s a bridge too far.