By Alice Hingley
It’s giving che(e)r
Christmas comes but once a year and with it comes the opportunity to deck not only the halls but ourselves. Whether it’s a glittery ensemble at the work Christmas party, the timeless classic of a garish Chrimbo knit or just a colourful hat, scarf and gloves combination it really is the most wonderful time of the year for fashion experimentation. From dazzling red sequin gowns to snowy-white fur coats to George Michael's mesmerising Last Christmas blow dry, over the years we’ve been treated to the gift of countless Christmas looks in pop culture. If a fashion upgrade is on the top of your wishlist look no further, as I give you the gift of the top 5 Christmas looks.
5. Christine Baranski as Martha May Whovier
The Grinch might have stolen Christmas but Ms Martha-May Whovier stole the show in this stunning baby-blue number! The high drama puffball sleeves, the way the trim melts perfectly into the crisp Whoville snow, paired with the delicate lace of pearls resting around her neck - she is the epitome of a rich, glamorous woman. The Depop girlies wish they could get their hands on an afghan coat this flawless... No wonder the Grinch couldn't decide what to wear when the competition in town was this hot!
4. Destiny’s Child at the Rockefeller Centre Christmas tree lighting, 2001
Even the cheesiest holiday event couldn’t get in between the girls and setting the bar for Christmas fashion. The Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting in New York City is a standout moment of the festive season - it’s broadcast to millions and is a truly iconic part of American Culture. But so is Destiny’s Child, and these glowing white co-ords are no exception. Kelly is braving a hot-pant knee-high boot combination in December, Beyonce is angelic as ever with that soft furry halo and the sheer elegance of Michelle’s catsuit; I’m dreaming of a white Christmas this stylish. They’re angelic, they’re sexy and they truly are the moment.
3. Miss Piggy in A Muppet Family Christmas
Now, if we’re talking scene stealers, Miss Piggy always comes out on top. Rocking her signature voluminous blonde curls, she shows us Christmas glamour doesn’t always have to be dramatic. The sophisticated cherry-red coat, paired with a graceful lilac glove creates an effortlessly chic ensemble that is elevated to match the diva’s commanding presence - by the placement of a simple diamond over the glove. In the battle of the red coats, the glamour-pig is giving old St Nick a run for his money.
2. Wizzard in I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday
Back in the 1970s, glam rockers were the epitome of exaggerated fashion; platform boots, glitter and outrageous flares were hallmarks of the subculture. What may have, at the time, been seen as outlandish and ugly, can now be reclaimed via the beauty of retrospect and expressive fashion trends. In the music video for their 1973 Christmas anthem, Wizzard pulled out all the stops and served us a high drama, high camp Christmas look! While all the band members looked merry and bright, I want to commemorate lead singer Roy Wood’s effort on this list. The sleek blonde hair with the white Santa beard and the over-the-top makeup creates a Christmas look which could rival even the most decadent of elves. Let the bells ring out for this five star Christmas look!
1. Mariah Carey in All I Want for Christmas is You
A Christmas feature with no Mariah Carey is no Christmas at all. In her 1994 music video, Mimi frolics with Father Christmas, decorates a cosy log cabin and sleds through the mountains, all whilst giving us Christmas looks we can only dream of. Nothing says Christmas like a cinched red snow suit with a beanie hat. It’s been almost thirty years since this game changing video came out, and we are yet to see anyone even come close to this energy. That is why Mariah claims her rightful place at the top of this list. Peace, joy, and love to the Queen of Christmas!