every year my sisters and i tend to go through the same debacle – finding the right christmas dress.
perhaps that’s dramatic. perhaps it’s just christmas with your friends and family and no one really cares what you wear. or perhaps it’s one of the most special and delightful days with more than usual photographers around!
i feel the pressure of my aunty’s camera phones (ricci!) and the candid shots that haunt you as you are stuffing your face with turkey. so, in an attempt to keep the sepcial feeling of the day, and look semi-decent while devouring various foods, my family definitely put in a certain amount of effort when it comes to the christmas outfit. this dress here is from zimmermann, and was my christmas dress last year. unfortunately with my trip to new york i have held back on purchasing a new dress this year and will be hoping to find a gem at the back of my wardrobe. however, last year’s dress was a winner. pretty, shapely, but totally practical. let me tell you my top three essential details when picking a christmas dress:
1. a good shape from all angles! this is something we mostly look for in clothing anyway, but christmas is one of those photos from every angle kind of days and you want to make sure you don’t just look good from the front, but the back too (also any other possible angle your technologically challenged relatives could get to with their phones!) although you can’t see it in the photo, this dress has a low back and caused for a great reaction as i was seen from behind.
2. allow for stomach expansion! as this day you will probably consume your weeks worth of calories, it is wise to wear something that will allow you to eat to your hearts desire without having to tense your stomach muscles the whole day. something that comes in at the waist and poofs straight out generally allows for that lower belly to fully release. stay away from the body-con!
3. make you feel pretty! with the amount of mariah carey christmas carols that are played in my household, we are well and truly in to the christmas spirit before even dressing for the day. i don’t know about you, but christmas makes me think of summer fun! it’s literally a day that the whole world stops and spends together, which is actually pretty amazing when you think about the entire globe doing the same thing at the same time! i know i am an elf. a lame old christmas elf spreading christmas cheer. but it feels so special to me and that’s exactly how i want to look! so lace, florals, sparkles, jewels, they all add to the beauty of the day! (the bow belt on this dress also makes me feel like a present – which is awesome.)
so, i wish you all the success in the world when choosing your christmas attire this year. enjoy your family and friends and FOOD! for me, it’s just another day to celebrate how blessed we are to live in a country like australia and have the family and friends that we have! thank you god for bringing your son in to the world and giving me (and many others) hope and peace and joy! yay! i like those things!