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With Christmas now less than 30 days away, the festive season is well and truly upon us! Like every year, towns and cities around the country are now adorned with twinkling lights, packed full of dazzling window displays and chock-a-block with tacky Christmas jumpers. Love it or hate it, there's certainly no getting away from it!
For some people, Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year, while others will do anything to escape the circus. And no matter which camp you belong to, there's little doubt that the way in which we celebrate Christmas has changed in recent years. Traditionally celebrated at home and with relatives, more and more people are trading turkey and tinsel for a tan and tropical beach.
According to the Association of British Travel Agents, around 3.5 million Brits headed abroad for Christmas and New Year in 2012, with the Canary Islands, Goa and Egypt popular choices. Skiing too, has become a favourite way to spend the festive season for many, offering the log-fires and cosy atmosphere of a Christmas at home without the stress and mayhem which inevitably accompanies it.
With a 'traditional' Christmas fast becoming a thing of the past, we've looked through our hoards of luxury brands to find fabulous pieces which are perfect for wearing on Christmas Day, wherever you may spend it. We've created three very different Christmas looks for three very different Christmases; Christmas at home, Christmas on the slopes and Christmas on the beach. With our fashion-forward festive picks, you're sure to look stylish however you celebrate!
Christmas at home
Christmas Day spent at home is a chance to indulge in luxe fabrics, special footwear and sparkling accessories. We love this embellished Ted Baker sweater paired with leather-look Barbour jeans and stunning Senso stiletto boots, along with classic Woolrich chinos and a check Hackett shirt for the guys.
Christmas on the slopes
If you're lucky enough to be sliding down the slopes come December 25th, wrap up warm and stay chic in the chalet! These Penelope Chilvers boots, Koral jeans and Barbour quilted jacket make a cosy and stylish combination, while the Canada Goose parka and Sorel snow boots will keep him warm.
Christmas on the beach
A Christmas spent on the beach demands stunning swimwear to make a splash in! Look cool when the temperatures rise in a Lisa Marie Fernandez two-piece, We Are Handsome vest and shimmering Lola Cruz sandals! Meanwhile, Sebago striped swim shorts and a pair of classic Birkenstock's create a cool and laidback look for him.
Main image courtesy of JB Kilpatrick Flickr