Modern fashion is determined by Instagram influencers and fashion week catwalks, but at this time of year, there’s somewhere else we can steal our outfit inspiration from: Christmas music videos.
One of the best looks is Leona Lewis in One More Sleep; the opening shot shows her with a burgundy wide brim hat, grey trench coat and white high neck jumper, demonstrating how layering with muted colours is a simple yet elegant way to keep stylish and warm this winter.
Coats dominate the videos – East 17 foreshadowed Rah culture with the same ski season puffer jackets that now sit in Bar Blanc for £2 Tuesdays, meanwhile in Last Christmas, George Michael models a dark duffel coat cinched at the waist to create a sharp silhouette despite the bulky layers. It’s clear here that outerwear is supposed to enhance the outfit, rather than hide it.
In Christmas Time, The Darkness give Swingers a run for their money with their flare collection, including a low-rise striped pair and white leather lace-up pair, which would both look at home on the PrettyLittleThing website. The video also embraces knitted Christmas vests and fringed sleeves, reminding us that this is the time of year to make bold choices with our wardrobes.
It’s the season of the suit as depicted by Michael Bublé in all his Christmas videos as he frolicks through the snow in his newly-shined shoes. We see this again in Coldplay’s Christmas Lights, where Chris Martin scrubs up nicely in a black tie, and waistcoat with a fresh rose pinned on, resonating the formal and sophisticated festive dress code.
For a more urban look, in Mistletoe, Justin Bieber juxtaposes a leather jacket and black jeans with red fingerless gloves and trainers to provide a pop of colour amongst the darkness. Kim Wilde also reiterates the importance of accessorising in Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, where her elaborate red earrings and green hair ribbon add a fun tackiness to her festive look, which ties her candy-cane coloured outfit together.
But the frontrunner of festive fashion will always be Mariah’s santa dress in All I Want For Christmas Is You, a red velvet number sitting above the knee that would be a sure-fire item to get a kiss under the mistletoe at your upcoming office party.
It may be increasingly bleak outside but Christmas music videos show that your wardrobe doesn’t have to mimic that. By accessorising, layering and finding statement pieces, you can shine brighter than the star at the top of your tree.
Last modified: 11th December 2019