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For those of you at the back who might not have heard me every time I’ve shouted about it: I love Christmas. The shimmering decorations, the twinkling lights and the tacky clothes are just the perfect recipe for a Happy Sophie. I love a good gimmick, and I love to go all out every festive season, so any Christmas clothing that makes people cringe is okay in my book. I had a look around some of my favourite brands to find some casual Christmas clothes and let me tell you – I pretty much need every single one of them. Here’s what I found!
Simply Be are always a great place to start when you’re looking for inclusive ranges, and their collection of casual Christmas clothes does not disappoint this year. This gingerbread swing dress is super reminiscent of Topsy Curvy, and at only £15.00 you can’t really go wrong. My favourite piece, though, is this gorgeously cosy looking ‘Mince Pies Before Guys’ jumper. Seriously, the model looks so snuggled up! Which is why it doesn’t surprise me that this has completely sold out in plus sizes and is only available at the smaller end of the range.
Brands – once again, because I am getting bored of hearing myself say it – if your plus size range is continually sold out, extend it because we have a lot more money to spend and a dearth of brands who actually stock our sizes.
If you feel like being really crap at Christmas, this plain black ‘Christmas T-shirt’ top is ideal. I kind of hate it because Christmas should be joyous and colourful, but I do like a good tongue-in-cheek t-shirt joke so I decided to keep it in the round up. Besides, I feel like if you hate Christmas but I can get you to at least buy this t-shirt, then I can probably worm my way in to your soul (that escalated quickly) and make a Christmas lover of you yet. And then before you know it, you’ll be buying adorable jumpers like this gingerbread Christmas tree (which, again, is sold out above a size 12) and chucking tinsel around like snow in a snowglobe.
Topsy Curvy are the first brand that I can think of who offered casual Christmas clothes in inclusive sizing. Though their range isn’t super diverse, they have been picked up by Lovedrobe in 2017 so hopefully that is a sign that there is more to come. At the moment, they do have these adorable ‘jolly gingerbread‘ tunic, the minimalistic but super cute ‘reindeers in love‘ tunic and the monochrome delight that is the ‘silly snowman‘ tunic. All of these are available up to a size 28, but Topsy Curvy are known and loved for their stretchy fabrics that don’t compromise quality, so they’re always a brand I like to recommend to people.
Yours Clothing are one of my most-loved brands because they always have inclusive sizing (now up to a size 36!) and they realise that being fat doesn’t mean losing your fashion sense. I love that I can walk in to Yours and I can come out dressing like the 27 year old that I am, rather than an old lady who needs to get back to her knitting. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but its just not my aesthetic.
They definitely do not fail when it comes to casual Christmas clothing. The ‘varsity jacket’ trend has been pretty big in the last couple of years, and I love that Yours combined varsity and red glitter to make this adorable ‘Team Santa’ t-shirt. I can’t even imagine how warm and snuggly this Rudolph eyelash jumper would be. My only concern would be quality, as any eyelash jumpers I’ve had in the past have got holes in them quite easily, but given that it has pretty much sold out online I’m going to hazard a guess that people are not disappointed with this jumper.
Speaking of soft and gorgeous, I am living for this Santa Claus fleece hoodie. The bobble hat hood is ridiculously adorable, and I love the thought of looking like a big fat snuggly Santa on a cold Winter’s night. This longline Penguin top is another one that has Topsy Curvy vibes, but the fact that it goes up to a size 36 gives Yours Clothing the edge on this one – and the design is absolutely adorable.
And finally, an important message: ‘I believe in Father Christmas‘. Too many people are sceptical about how real Santa is, and I think its important for believers like me to wear t-shirts like this so that children know that the magic is real. It’s an adorable t-shirt and I’d rock it with a metallic gold skirt (like this one GG wore!) and a sprig of holly in my hair. Oh my goodness I cannot contain my excitement.