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Holly Willoughby shares the festive season style tips that see her through a jam-packed diary of kids’ Christmas plays, work parties and family lunches

A bit of sparkle

“A glitzy dress, with a bit of sparkle and some sequins: if you can’t do that at Christmas, when can you? But it has to be comfortable. It’s pointless having something really tight at Christmas because it will not fit you come Boxing Day. Elasticated waist all the way! This party dress is so fun and can take you all the way through the season. It’s glitzy but also dark, so it’s like wearing a little black dress with a bit of oompf. You could wear this dress to anything really – to cocktails or Christmas drinks with a pair of tights and boots, or with really high heels for New Year’s Eve.”

Partywear for all the family


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Pair with a hoodie or tee for daytime dressing
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Fun fashion … Or PJs all day

“Winter doesn’t mean you have to wear dark colours. This lilac coat is a piece that’ll make me feel uplifted and wonderful all through the season. It’s a bit of fun. The leopard skirt is quite bold but why not wear them together? It’s an exciting look. Christmas Day in my house is pretty frantic. It peaks at about 6am when it all kicks off – “He’s been!” – everyone piles into my bed and we open our stockings. And then we just eat – all day. We play board games and watch the Queen’s speech and all those things you should do at Christmas. The aim of the day is to start in pyjamas and end in a Christmas Day dress but nine times out of 10 I end up staying in my pyjamas all day. And, actually, I quite like that.”

Pick your all-day PJs


Classic, wear-forever cashmere
Our leopard obsession continues
Lilac pairs perfectly with camel and grey
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A pop of colour

“I’ve got three kids and each of them has their own Christmas shows to do, then there’s my family and Dan’s family, so there’s a lot of to-ing and fro-ing up and down motorways visiting people. This is a go-to, everyday outfit. You could put tights with this, or a pair of trainers. You could wear this to watch the kids in their nativity – it’s easy to wear and has a bit of winter colour so you don’t feel too drab. My favourite part of Christmas is Christmas Eve. It’s magical, the expectation about what’s to come, the presents, the food… Is the turkey going to be dry? Are my roast potatoes going to be crispy? Going to bed with all that magical expectation about what you’re going to wake up to.”

Festive family knitwear


The perfect winter warming colour
With tights now and bare legs when it’s warmer
The glossy finish adds wow factor
Pearl-encrusted hoops gild the look

Editor: Kate Fitzpatrick / Photographer: Brian Daly / Hair stylist: Ciler Peksah / Make-up artist: Patsy O’Neill

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