Christmas Day Outfit: Red Lace, Green Checks

Boden Jennifer dress, Boden Sienna Coat 

Boden Jennifer dress, Boden Sienna Coat

It’s become something of an annual tradition to share my Christmas Day outfits here on Everything Looks Rosie over the last seven (seven!) Christmases I’ve been writing and picture taking for this wee space on the web. When it comes to dressing for the big day, people generally fall into two camps: those who will have their jammies on from dawn to dusk, favouring comfort, and those who love the excuse to dress up. I think it’s clear which camp I was always going to fall into, and while I love a fresh new pair of Christmas PJs (and elasticated waist!), you know I can never resist a new frock, or dressing for an occasion. They say red and green should never be seen – but if you can’t break the style rules at Christmastime, when can you?! Maybe I’m subconsciously taking style inspiration from my Christmas table setting, but I like to think the combination works sartorially too. The deep red of the dress tones in with the burgundy checks so I think I can just about get away with it for the festive season!

Boden Jennifer dress, Boden Sienna Coat

Boden Jennifer dress, Boden Sienna Coat

Boden Jennifer dress, Boden Sienna Coat

Boden Jennifer dress, Boden Sienna Coat

The little red dress is something of a festive staple in my seasonal wardrobe: I can’t resist shades of ruby red at this time of year. For me there’s something a little nostalgic about the style at this time of year too; I’ve been wearing variations on the style since around 1992 and even wrote about the red dresses of Christmas past three years ago! I loved the retro spin on the festive classic of the Boden Jennifer dress; the high-necked shift with elegant long sleeves and knee length rendered in bright red lace practically screamed ‘sixties. It’s not too fitted which I like too – more room for Christmas dinner! The dress is more than a Christmas one-off though; it’s a real style staple that I know I’ll be wearing year-round for many seasons to come, as it’s just so effortless.

Boden Jennifer dress, Boden Sienna Coat

Boden Jennifer dress, Boden Sienna Coat

Boden Jennifer dress, Boden Sienna Coat

Boden Jennifer dress, Boden Sienna Coat

Can we take a wee minute to talk about the coat too? I was instantly drawn to the ‘sixties-style collarless cut and bold pattern of the beautiful Sienna coat to complement my retro-inspired Chrismas frock. For me, checks are synonymous with the festive season and the green and red couldn’t be more seasonal. The check is kept modern by the ‘ginger’ shade that complements the red; my Gran had a gorgeous coat in the same shade which she called her ‘ginger coat’ – as it was just the shade of gingerbread – and seems extra appropriate for this time of year! The tartan pattern is rendered in tactile mohair, making it ultra cosy too – in fact, Al has christened it my ‘yeti coat’ as it’s just so fluffy; more fool him when I’m warm!

Boden Jennifer dress, Boden Sienna Coat

Boden Jennifer dress, Boden Sienna Coat

Boden Jennifer dress, Boden Sienna Coat

Boden Jennifer dress, Boden Sienna Coat

The attention to detail is gorgeous – from the hidden fastenings to the emerald green lining. It is more of a statement than I usually go for but I couldn’t love it more and wonder why I haven’t opted for a tartan coat before?! Maybe I just haven’t found the right one until now. It makes any outfit feel instantly more ‘done’ and can be dressed up or down – I like how the lovely Kat has styled it more casually in her outfit post here. It’s definitely worth the investment – especially as Boden has up to 50% off everything in the sale too, with 40% off the coat. I promise I haven’t been asked to say this, the bargains are too good not to mention – I’m off to order this dress and this one in different colours for work. Oh to have one in each shade…!

Boden Jennifer dress, Boden Sienna Coat

Boden Jennifer dress, Boden Sienna Coat

Boden Jennifer dress, Boden Sienna Coat

What are you wearing for Christmas Day? Are you a fan of red and green?

Boden Jennifer dress, Boden Sienna Coat

Boden Jennifer dress, Boden Sienna Coat

Boden Jennifer dress, Boden Sienna Coat

What I’m wearing: dress, coat and boots c/o Boden, vintage bag and accessories. As ever, all thoughts and love of matching the seasons entirely my own! 

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