Wishlist: cute (and sometimes classy) Christmas novelty-wear

Is it fair to say that you either love or hate Christmas jumpers? I do get it, honestly. Not everyone wants to wear a jumper with a Christmas pudding and pom pom snow on it (yes, of course I have one of these). The good news is you don’t have to go the OTT jumper route, as this year repro brands have given us a tonne of more tasteful vintage style novelty alternatives. And it doesn’t stop there, jewellery and accessory makers are on board too. So it’s pretty easy if you’d rather just add a touch of christmas to your outfits (or more – the woman in the pom pom snow isn’t going to judge).
There’s only two weeks to go and in the UK, Christmas Jumper Day (18th Dec) is fast approaching… Come on, join me in my appreciation for seasonal novelty-wear! I even picked some more subtle pieces… Oh and obviously, I’ve already adorned myself in snowflakes so far this month, but I’m not done with festive-wear just yet… Nothing less for my favourite holiday.
By the way, I’ve actually posted this a bit sooner than I was intending to, as I noticed several of the items below are selling out fast (hence links to similar items where I’ve spotted this). So run, grab them while you can!
2. Lindy Bop Gilda Green Alpine Print Swing Dress
[Almost out of stock – but print also found on this very similar dress]
Come on, how can you resist these – even if you’ve never worn a Christmas jumper in your life? You could have a very subtle snowfall pattern, a hint of tree ornaments, or stripes that have a touch of the candy-cane about them…  Or, you know, you could have a wintry alpine scene or Bambis in the snow. I’d happily wear them all – although considering I do have a Christmas jumper with dogs on it, perhaps I’ve got the animal thing covered.
4. Lindy Bop Bacall Red Knitted Jumper
[Now out of stock – try the navy version]
There’s been a huge amount of Christmas-themed knitwear from repro brands this year – so much so it was difficult picking some favourites! That’s partly because a lot of it has the Fairisle thing in common so some pieces are quite similar. Still, though, if you’re looking for something different it’s out there – you could easily wear 4 any time of the year but the colours are wonderfully festive and the shape is wonderfully vintage-inspired. And 5 I just love for being a bit different – the cute pussybow is a lovely touch too (warning: it’s selling out fast).
3. ChronicallyVintage Vintage Aged Gold Tone & Rhinestone Christmas Tree Brooch
[Now sold out – here’s another!]
7. Skinnydip Christmas Tree Cross-body Bag
[Now sold out – but you might like this]
I can’t even pick a favourite here and I had to stop myself looking for more – novelty accessories are everywhere this year. Erstwilder has a great range, with this Ginger brooch one of many and Tatty Devine have lots on offer too, like this cute necklace. You’ve seen the black version of the Vendula bag, but the silver is really fun for this time of year especially. Spend some time on Etsy and you’re going to find tonnes of vintage festive pieces in Jessica’s shop, and fun ‘fakelite’ brooches like 4 and 5 above. 5  is particularly gorgeous, I think – I love how the confetti glitter has become a snow blizzard.
So, are you going to be rocking any Christmas novelty-wear this year?


  1. December 9, 2015 / 6:41 pm

    Jumper 4 reminds me a little of 'Trimmed with Roses' from A Stitch in Time volume 2. I nearly got the Collectif deer jumper but they were out of my size in teal. Wah! Did get a pair of diamante snowflake earrings for a fiver from Boots, that's my lot for this year. Work are doing Christmas jumper day but I fear I shall disappoint them.

    • December 11, 2015 / 1:07 pm

      Always a good idea to bookmark Collectif stockists for that reason! Diamante snowflake earrings sound right up my street 🙂 I'm not going to be at work on our jumper day, but I will be merrily wearing one at my home desk…

  2. December 9, 2015 / 10:21 pm

    I wore that Hell Bunny dress to a blogger meet last weekend and I've never had so many complements in my life, strangers too!

    • December 11, 2015 / 1:08 pm

      It's so cute – and really good value compared to the likes of the Bernie Dexters in the world out there…

  3. December 10, 2015 / 1:01 am

    There's an official Christmas Jumper day in the UK? That's crazy, I had no idea! There's this big Ugly Christmas sweater thing going on in the US right now – I swear, every holiday party that I've been invited to recently has been Ugly Sweater themed, I'm getting kind of sick of it.
    But your stuff isn't ugly at all. I love both of the skirts that you picked, and that holly sweater is to die for. I might have to add some items to my wishlist too.

    • December 11, 2015 / 1:10 pm

      It's been around the last few years, yep – a charity is behind it, but it seems to be here to stay! Otherwise I never encountered the Christmas jumper thing over here, so it's clearly not as big deal as it is in the US! The sweater is so cute, I've had to physically restrain myself from buying that one! And now it's practically out of stock, so I may have narrowly escaped…

  4. December 10, 2015 / 4:57 am

    Stahhp! It's alllll so beautiful! I would wear the heck out of all or any of it…I spy more than a few jumpers I'm adding to the good ol' wish list. ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

    • December 11, 2015 / 1:10 pm

      It's a shame the festive season is so comparatively short isn't it?! x

  5. December 10, 2015 / 2:41 pm

    Some beautiful picks Carly! I am not a novelty jumper person but would definitely wear something more subtle, the pussybow one is particularly lovely. I tend to wear little festive touches but haven't planned much this year, I am behind with the festiveness! Xx

    • December 11, 2015 / 1:12 pm

      I'm somewhere in the middle – I haven't bought any knitwear, but I've got a few Christmassy accessories this year… 😀 xx

  6. December 10, 2015 / 5:16 pm

    Cute picks! I'm actually surprised that I don't own any Christmas themed dresses or sweaters myself… Especially since I'm a sucker for novelty prints and even more a sucker for dressing in theme. I definitely would love to add some of your picks to my closet! 😀 My favorites are the lindy bop green dress, that white and green striped skirt, the lindy bop bacall sweater, the hell bunny sweater with the pussy bow, and the super adorable gingerbread brooch! 😀 So much cuteness in one post! 😀

    • December 11, 2015 / 1:12 pm

      You need to rectify that immediately 😉 I love it all, but I'm very fond of the skirt and Lindy Bop jumper too! So hard to not buy it all!!

  7. December 10, 2015 / 7:11 pm

    Festive holiday attire happiness squeal!!! These are some seriously lovely – and very, very covetable – picks, sweet CiCi. I'm really honoured that you included one of Chronically Vintage's Christmas listings here. Thank you so much!!!

    Giant hugs & joyful Christmas wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

    • December 11, 2015 / 1:13 pm

      It would have been two if it hadn't been sold just before I put this post up!! Sorry about that… x

  8. December 11, 2015 / 11:18 am

    Ooh! You've picked out some lovely bits! I'm a big Christmas fan so que the jumpers, novelty prints and brooches. I love it all!!!

  9. December 11, 2015 / 8:00 pm

    I would own all of these but unfortunately Christmas isn't long enough to wear them all! The Apine dress is my favourite, I just love it.

    • December 14, 2015 / 1:35 pm

      That is a real (first world) problem, isn't it?! Lindy Bop have been on form with their stuff the last month or so. If only they could sort out some of their weird sizing issues, they'd be one of my favourite brands right now!

  10. December 12, 2015 / 11:18 am

    So many pretty festive things to choose from, it's always too hot on Christmas day here but luckily there are pretty dresses and skirts. I want everything in the knitwear section to wear during winter… + I still haven't finished making my Christmas skirt! December goes way to fast I need more time to wear my festive outfits. Ahhh!

    • December 14, 2015 / 1:36 pm

      So many pretty dresses and skirts this year! December has been flying by, completely agree with you. Haven't felt this busy for most of the year!! x

  11. December 15, 2015 / 10:29 pm

    I enjoyed this round up. This year is the first year ever that I have felt the need for festive attire. Like, never in my life and then, boom, I need all the things!! I got the Lindy Bop alpine skirt, I love the dresses but struggle with the fit. I got a couple of the cardis too and the Luxulite Winter brooch which I love!

  12. February 24, 2016 / 9:04 pm

    I just found your blog via Modcloth, and I've been scrolling through admiring your style 🙂 I had to comment on this post and tell you I picked up the Hell Bunny snowflake dress on clearance, and I love it! So many adorable animals…

  13. August 19, 2016 / 10:38 am

    Seem a bit late for reading this post. By the way, these dress are so pretty. Love all of these :X

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