Going Home for Christmas
It’s the same procedure as every year. Standing quite helpless in my bedroom, pulling out every garment in my wardrobe and wondering how I am to get all those outfits in my suitcase for Christmas at home.
There are many different events during the Christmas holidays at home and each day there’s another occasion, but unfortunately my suitcase is not big enough for that. And even more important, I need to carry what I've packed and just the thought of overfilled trains prior to Christmas Eve fills me with dread. I usually tend to pack my current favourite pieces and the result is a super heavy suitcase and stressy evenings with last minute outfit combinations. So this year I am trying to choose my outfits wisely to avoid packing too much stuff I actually won’t wear in the end. Here are my ultimate tips for Christmas holiday packing.
Sure, you have to ensure you have enough fresh underwear and socks (always pack one extra, just in case), but what else do you need to feel comfortable and well-dressed for every occasion? I always need one totally comfortable travel outfit, one party outfit for the regular meetup with my friends at home, some comfortable chilling clothes for lounging in front of the fireplace all Sunday long, a nice outfit for the traditional winter wonderland walk with my family and, of course, a wonderful Christmas eve outfit.
First of all, jeans don’t need to be washed frequently, so they are your travel friend. Darker washes can also be dressed up for night-wear. To travel in, choose the right jeans and pair with a comfy sweater, some sneakers (more comfy when sitting several hours in a train, car or airplane) and your warm parka. Try to select a sweater you can pair with your other outfits, as well. That’s probably the most important rule of all, but also the trickiest one. In addition, I pack a smart pair of trousers to pair with a modern white blouse to create a nice, but effortless outfit I can combine my outfits with sneakers or high heels.
To create a totally different look by changing only one piece, I also pack a stylish skirt. The all-rounder basic shirt needs to be packed, as well. My boots take most of the room in my suitcase, but they are an essential, so I won’t get wet and cold feet when enjoying winter wonderland on our walk. Whether I decide to wear the jeans or the pants for the walk, I still can layer my outfit in case it’s freaking cold outside and not look like Hagrid. It’s a good idea to select a knitted jacket or a light poncho for a back-up, but always remember to choose all pieces smartly. You will want the option of inter-combining them, like pairing the knitted jacket with the skirt, pants or jeans or the blouse with the skirt, pants or sweater.
So basically you need to check, if the colors can be matched with all pieces and be sure to show up every day in a great, different look without packing half your wardrobe. This year, my party outfit will be a silken slip dress with high heels and sneakers (for afterwards) and the knitted jacket. In case I change my mind right before the party starts, I can wear the sweater instead of the jacket for warmth. Don’t leave anything to chance or you will end up wearing your Mom’s old Christmas jumper even when the big day is over.
Make sure your outfits can be easily combined and you will have fail-safe outfits with you that you can wear to dinner, lunch, the party or when visiting the neighbor for a Christmas drink up the road.