Guidance for end-of-year gatherings has now been released in many countries worldwide. As well as wearing masks, airing rooms is often recommended to help stop the spread of covid-19 during holiday get-togethers. In other words, it looks like this year's celebrations could be a little on the chilly side ...
Goodbye sequins, gold and other festive frivolities
If you're used to getting your glad rags on for holiday celebrations, this year may leave you feeling a little disappointed. That festive makeup with glitter galore may not seem so great with a face mask. And what's the point of slipping into that sparkly little black dress when you'll need to keep putting your coat or puffer jacket over the top to keep out the cold? Even ugly sweaters won't have the same effect this year, since they'll be hidden under 2020's star party piece: a coat.
At the same time, it was only too predictable that the full at-home hibernation look -- that's been the shape of the year so far -- would be the way to go for these eagerly awaited end-of-year festivities. As soon as temperatures started to fall, we were all suddenly aware that the puffer jacket -- or worse still, the sleeveless puffer vest -- was set to resurface to keep us warm while working from home and constantly opening and closing windows to keep covid-19 at bay. At the time, Vincent Grégoire, of the trend forecasting agency Nelly Rodi, explained: "All the outdoor practices now take place indoors, and so we need to feel protected. There's a tendency afoot to cozy up our homes and living environments like we would wrap ourselves up warm in a puffy jacket. If we stay inside more and are in search of comfort, we'll need to add protective, cocooning layers." And that's something that will no doubt still be valid this December 24, 25 and 31.