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What to wear to a family Christmas party

Secret South floral dress, $360.

Here in Australia, scorching December temps preclude us from wearing awkward matchy-matchy Christmas sweaters, so what other options do we have for family ‘dos?

The rules on what to wear for posed family photos more or less apply to family gatherings – Christmas, Chrismukkah, Festivus, what have you. Wear something that’s smart, flattering and understated. You’re spending holiday quiet time with the folks (and some quite vocal in-laws), so keep things comfortable, but never sloppy.

The look is best described as ‘weekend casual’. Choose breathable materials that are easy to clean, such as linen and cotton, because they’re bound to get stained by spilt wine, BBQ splashback and your niece’s connect-a-pens.

While you wade through crowds of drunk relatives and snotty-nosed children, look effortlessly stylish in a breezy cotton dress. The perfect frock for family occasions sits somewhere in between an oversized T-shirt and something you’d wear out at night. Alternatively, easy linen tees, chambray shirts, comfortable denim and slim khaki pants work well and look super sweet with a pair of espadrilles or custom-colour sandals.

With activity levels a bit more laidback than normal, your approach to dressing should be too.  To top off your summer-ready look, pop on a pair of rose-tinted shades and soak up the adorableness of a bucket hat while lying poolside. You’ll be all grins in this year’s holiday snap, we promise!

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