Our number one rule of festive fashion: No non-elasticised waistbands. Showing up to Chrissy Day in a pair of tight-fitting pants – or worse, skinny jeans – is a rookie error. Get to round two of turkey and you’ll invariably have to do the subtle unbutton under the table.

That’s why, to help you stay stylish and comfortable enough to go back for seconds (possibly thirds – we don’t judge!), we’ve pulled together a list of a dozen Christmas Day dresses that are blissfully floaty, oh-so-forgiving and will eliminate the risk of a fly down in the family photos.


Kerlala Midi DressMade from 100% Indian cotton voile, this boho-style midi frock has a stunning floral print that’ll distract from all manner of food babies.


Pure French Linen Poet’s Tunic: You know how many zips and buttons this easy-to-wear linen smock has? Zero. Zilch. Nada.


Dot Print Bias Cut Maxi: If your Christmas Day plans have you casually strolling (or rolling) from the lunch table to the pool, this relaxed cotton frock has you covered.


Chloe Tunic: Let’s hear it for the A-line tunic! This pretty number fits right where you want (bust, sleeves) and floats right where you want (tummy).


Marigold Dress and Slip: This classic shift is 100% silk, which means it feels like heaven to wear and will look a little bit fancy in those Christmas Day photos.


White Belize Dress: It might look like a basic shirt dress now, but just imagine it accessorised with all that beautiful jewellery Santa’s going to bring…


Midnight Ink Silk Dress: Be alert, not alarmed. There is a waistband on this one (hooray for the hourglass silhouette!) but it’s a drawstring you can totally let out mid-meal.


Breton Tee Dress: Some Christmases are more casual affairs and call for a relaxed T-shirt dress with sneakers. Totes appropes for the after-lunch cricket match.


Viola Maxi Dress: A dress that’s too amazing to even fit in a square frame – that’s what you’re (partially) looking at here. It’s pure linen and lace love!


Raa Sheath Dress: White feels like a ballsy move, but if you’re one of those extremely talented adults who can eat without spilling, this stunner is your reward.


The Buzios Dress: Throw on a pair of summer sandals and some ear danglers are you’re ready to rock around that Christmas tree. Santa hat optional.


Charul Mahila Maxi Dress: We’ll be praying for a warm day (has anyone got Mother Nature’s number?) so we can bust out this hand-printed beauty.


PS. How to keep your cool this silly season and treat yo’self!

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