All The Kitsch – None of The Itch! 

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been able to bring myself to wear a proper ‘Christmas’ jumper. You know the ones I mean – those cheap acrylic knits in gaudy festive colours with approximations of deers, elves or a santa’s head on on the front. And they ARE a front – to taste that is! I’m no grinch nor Christmas killjoy I promise. Live and let live, that’s me. Plus – Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without someone you know wearing one of these dreadful concoctions with aplomb and good for them. I applaud them. But honestly, I just can’t bring myself to place one over my head. I’ve tried my own versions in yuletides past. I’ve experimented with nordic style knits that any kick ass female Danish detective would be proud of. Then there’s the Irish donegal cardigans with added sequins and even cropped and fitted ruby mohair blends – lovely until the fibres stray and cause itchy eyes and throats to anyone within even a small radius.

But sound those bells because this year, I think I’ve found the perfect foil and alternative to the Christmas jumper in the funkier form of sweatshirts and hoodies. Any fashionista worth their Epsom bath salts will know the hoodie is firmly in vogue, especially peeking out from under big coats. Last year I was tempted by a brilliantly festive ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ sweatshirt which I may still get, but will only wear once my boys are older. I don’t want to set a bad example by donning an image of Patsy with a bottle of vodka in one hand and a cigarette in the other – plenty of time for that!

So I’ve found (in my wardrobe and on the British High Street this month) FIVE great looks that may inspire you lovely readers. I know it’s not December yet and I hate talking Christmas too early, but time is ticking on and I wanted to get to you before Black Friday!

The FOUR great things about the items below ARE:

1. They are all warm. 2. They are super roomy and cover up a multitude of you know whats – especially useful in this season of gluttony and stretched waistbands. This also means you can wear shirts or blouses underneath for added style/warmth.  3. They’re not just for Christmas and can be worn again throughout the winter and early spring, so are very good value for money.  4. They are fun and fashiony – always a great combination!




This UFO themed scarlet beauty will have you wanting to watch ‘The X Files’ again (What would SCULLY do?) It’s fun and kitschy and has glitter in all the right places. I seem to have Zara-itis currently as I’m enthralled to everything that appears on their site weekly. Mango too come to think of it. Both the sweatshirt and the faux suede trousers are from Zara’s latest drop. The trousers have an inordinate amount of stretch and are unbelievably comfy and warm. They seem very well made too and are one of those items that go with everything. I’ll be wearing these all winter I think. The gold boots are cutesy a go-go with a subtle 60s vibe. Purchased for a mere £16 in the sale at Very – a website I’ve never bought from before let alone looked at – so was super pleased with them. My youngest son however is MORTIFIED every time I wear them, even insisting I bring a change of shoes with me before I set foot in his school. This is an easy look for informal visits to friends and general daytime socialising in the Holidays. Take me to your leader. 😉

Sweatshirt & Trousers | Zara.  Boots | Very.  Pendant & Earrings | Missoma. Stick on Nails | House of Holland at Boots

Block Party

A bit J-Lo or Jenny from the Block? Probably more like Sashdujour from the friendly mid-sized Sussex village. But you get the picture. I wanted this fab Zara x Polaroid sweatshirt to have a bit of an urban look (despite me being well into my forties and not in my twenties – ooops). I think it works, but you can ditch the hat if you think it looks ridiculous. I’m certain the gold hoops and pendant, as well as the House Of Holland stick on nails add to the street vibe, as well as a bit of subtle bling. As above, it’s a chilled, no fuss look for taking the children out around Christmas. Take away the gold jewellery and the boots and replace with trainers or Uggs and it’s ideal snuggly wear for relaxed weekends.

Sweatshirt | Zara. Hat (old) | ASOS. Boots, jewellery & nails | As before.


Frills ‘n’ Spills

I’ve been wanting to wear a frilled neck blouse under a sweatshirt for a long time now. It’s kind of instantly part cool girl, part Sloaney Pony (currently enjoying a moment – yah). The Maison Kitsune wolf sweat is from The Outnet two years ago and I love it. It’s slightly cropped but is nevertheless comfy as hell and goes with pretty much anything. The top half of this look would also go very well with a navy blue pleated skirt and red shoes.

Blouse | H&M. Sweatshirt (old) | Maison Kitsune at The Outnet. Trousers, jewellery & nails | As before


Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

I couldn’t say ‘non’ to this jewel hued, embellished hoody come sweatshirt dress. It’s so freaking warm too. It’s quite baggy so wasn’t the most flattering thing on me as I seem to suit fitted and waist accentuating clothes more. Nevertheless it’s a keeper, as its so cosy and I love the aforementioned fashiony look of a big hoody underneath a winter coat. Blame Vetements! This is why I do think the outfit looks immeasurably better on me with a jacket on top to give the whole thing some structure. I purchased the dotty fishnet tights from Calzedonia which I’ve liked for a while now for their leggings. Pair all this with the sock boots, I think the 80s vibe is pretty palpable. Cindy Lauper eat your heart out!


Dress & Sock Boots | Zara.Jacket (old) | Pull And Bear. Tights | Calzedonia. Sunglasses | Silk Fred. Jewellery & Nails | As before


Can’t Get You Outa My Head

Katie Knight Adams – lovely friend of SDJ and fab photographer has done a brilliant job here of making me look vaguely fresh faced, despite having just got over a very bad cold and the bout of extreme overeating that came with it…I take my hood off to her for making me look so happy here. We both looked at the image and it brought to mind Kylie’s fabulous and fantastic white hooded suit in her famous ‘Can’t Get You Outa My Head’ video (sure to be played at a Christmas party near you SOOOON). Anyway, sparkly sequins have to make an appearance at Christmas for everyone’s sanity. They are literal markers that the festive season has begun in full swing and sartorial signposts that it’s ok to have a glass of wine every day between Christmas and New Year. Cheers!

Hoody (old) | ASOS. Jewellery & Nails | As before




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