The festive period isn't the easiest when it comes to getting dressed. The weather is changeable, the parties are constant and you want the maximum sleep possible so deliberating over our outfits isn't really a thing.
That's why a Christmas dress comes in handy... You know, one of those throw-on-and-go styles that you can make party ready or just drink-at-the-pub appropriate. It'll also see you through all the Christmas parties (where the guests aren't the same, obviously, otherwise you've got to put a bit more thought into it) and the rounds on Christmas Day, too.
We're not thinking anything tight, for obvious reasons, none of us are feeling like being shrink-wrapped right now and we certainly won't after a few more parties so we're all about the chic boxy fits - jumper dresses, maxis, minis and slip dresses are what we're about.
Though roll necks are big right now, and obviously practical now the temperature gets sub-zero when it gets dark (so approximately 2.30pm), a dress that shows off the old decolletage is a good option for the evening. You might be feeling a little squishy around the middle but shoulders? Still good.
Same with maxi dresses - they're the obvious winner (v. minis) when it comes to venturing out in the winter months but if showing off your legs is your thing, wear a pair of tights. We're kind of liking them this year and it's a far superior look to goose bumps. Alexa Chung even wore some not-entirely-opaque ones with a pair of sandals!
To take that dress from office to out-out, the easiest thing to do is a deep red or berry lip. No, you'll get no prizes for originality but it's classic for a reason - and a good way to boost an all-black (an easy fallback in winter).
If you're aiming to steer clear of black for the festive season, you can't go wrong with a winter floral - which are ALL over the high street or deep velvets. We're talking about that green & Other Stories one, yes. #dreamdress.
Find your Christmas dress now...