How I'll be navigating this festive season in style

Abisola Omole
·4-min read
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From Harper's BAZAAR

The usual December festivities are looking a little different this year. Besides the fact that we’re all under varying tiers and restrictions, I for one, just don’t feel quite in the Christmas spirit yet. So to increase my festive cheer, I’ve devised a round-up of potential outfits paired with activities we could do over the coming weeks.

Before we get started, let me introduce myself. I’m Abisola Omole, I am of Nigerian descent and I’m a CEO, creative director and writer. I started my career back in 2008 by creating a fashion and lifestyle blog, and then went on to launch The Apārtment, a digital and creative agency that now specialises in event production and design, as well as digital and brand strategy.

A few years ago, I launched two additional companies, Arva, a contemporary consumer lifestyle brand and Studio Arva, an interior styling and design studio and a furniture store. My online presence acts as a window into the realities of a 20-something entrepreneur and I aim to push the perceptions of what a plus-size, Black woman in the fashion, lifestyle, digital and business industries, can look like and achieve.

With formalities out of the way, let me present eight plus-size festive looks that are bound to get you in the mood for this holiday season.

Classic, practical and chic

For: Christmas Shopping or a winter stroll.

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Whether you’re headed out for some fresh air or to do some last-minute Christmas shopping, combine some of your go-to pieces with a touch of comfort and luxury, like a cashmere coat or jumper.

Cosy but glam

Suggested activity: Festive movie night

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Just because you’re staying in and the aim is comfort, it doesn’t mean you can’t still wear something exciting and feminine. From these soft own-brand designs from 11 Honore to these jersey pieces from Marina Rinaldi, consider your at-home look officially elevated.

Embrace being overdressed

Suggested activity: Wreath-making class

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If you’re able to partake in any kind of Christmas activity that includes leaving the house this December, I encourage you to get dressed up. Stay comfortable, so you can still do the activity with ease, but wear the dress or the piece you wouldn’t usually associate with something so informal.

My pyjamas are chicer than yours

Suggested activity: At-home baking and wrapping presents

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Now that Sleeper officially offers its iconic pyjamas set in plus size, it’s easily top of my list of what to wear while at home when going through my Christmas to-do list, but just in case it’s not quite your vibe, these silky pieces will still have you in the next-level pyjama game.

The night out...at home

Suggested activity: Theatre live-stream

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Hear me out, I know you’ll be at home, but I’ve always believed dressing up should be for you and not someone else. So, why not put on that incredible dress you bought earlier this year when you were hoping you’d be watching 'The Nutcracker' ballet live from the London Coliseum and not from your living room. You’ll be surprised at how good dressing for the occasion will make you feel.

Outdoor elegance

Suggested activity: Carolling service

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I don’t know about you, but I haven’t had many (if any) opportunities this year to wear something that makes me feel truly empowered and in control. Whether it’s this luxe suit from Vince or Henning’s 'Renwick' two-piece, I’m ready to sing carols in style.

Party on top

Suggested activity: Zoom Christmas parties

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It’s inevitable, there will be a whole host of Zoom events on your calendar this year, from your annual office party, to your friend's infamous Christmas pub quiz. I’ve selected pieces that are the perfect 'party on top' look — as for what you wear below, well...nobody is ever going to know.

It's finally here

Suggested activity: Christmas Day festivities

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Christmas Day itself looks a little different for us all, but dressing up for the family walk or Christmas dinner is always pretty good idea. So, here is a selection of dresses that combine a dressed-up look with comfort and limited fuss.

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