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The excitement in our house is palpable with 2 more sleeps till Christmas – I still count things in sleeps a real left over from having little kids.

My excitement ramped up another notch when I finished my last day of work early at 2pm and came home to find my new purchase from Ollie and Max had arrived.

It has always been a bit of a tradition for me that I have a new outfit for Christmas Day – it always makes me feel special.

This is something that has come from my childhood dressing in my Sunday best for Christmas day – sometimes I will buy something a month out and hang it up in my wardrobe and gaze at wistfully.

As an adult the excitement of getting up early and racing to the tree to see what Santa has left for me may have gone.

Now I won’t lie I don’t do waiting very well. I was one of those children that hunted out their Christmas presents and opened them before Christmas morn – I became very skilled at opening and re-wrapping without anyone being the wiser.

So the waiting to wear a new item of clothing is very difficult for me and it definitely teaches me patience for at least the end of the year.

That early morning dash has now been replaced by the excitement of putting on my new outfit and spending the day with all my family around me.

In my search for the perfect Christmas Frock I came across Ollie and Max on Instagram this seems to be how I get inspired nowadays.

I have spoken in previous posts about how I’m trying to embrace more colour in my wardrobe instead of my usual black/white/neutral. So when I came across the Summer Digital Print dresses – they just called out to me.

The only problem I had was what colour pallet to choose – the Digital Print Dress comes in three colours pallets Fuschia | Pink/Purple | Blue

I choose the Digital Print Dress in Fuschia I love the bright pink and lime combination – gorgeous and fresh for Christmas day.

I emailed the very talented Sam (designer  Samantha Burns) to find out if I could receive delivery before Christmas and also for advice on sizing. She respond straight back and I was very excited that express post was an option.

Thankfully Australia Post was cooperating and I received delivery in time.

Now the dresses from Ollie and Max are long sleeve but they are made out of such a beautiful light material they seem to float on you without cling. I have chosen to roll up my sleeves as I have short arms and find that most long sleeve tops and dresses look much better on me at elbow length.

The photo’s of this dress really don’t do it justice the colours are vibrant and the material is silky soft with a breathability and drape that makes it a pleasure to wear. It is made from modal that is derived from an exclusive reclaimed natural fibre.


Now for Christmas day I haven’t decided exactly how I will wear the dress – I have a couple of options floating around in my head.

Option 1. – as the model above has worn it loose and casual with Forever New gladiator flats, Ruby & Lilli Cable Beach Tassel necklace and bracelet set $24.95 and Seed Fringe Clutch (currently on sale for $49.95)

I’m wearing the dress in a size S (12 – 14), I’m usually a 10 – 12 in dresses and this size is works perfectly with plenty of room. Ollie and Max offer a range of sizes from 8 – 24.




Option 2. – belted with my favourite pair of wedges, Country Road belt and a gorgeous bright pink clutch from Sissy Mt Elisa – Sparkles and Stars clutch (currently on sale for $69.00) I’ve added a red flower broach for extra pop *gifted.



I think the final decision on how I will wear this will come down to how I feel on the day.

Now just a little information on Ollie and Max – they are a Australian owned company that started trading in a local boutique in 2005 and have grown into a womenswear brand both in store at Surrey Hills and online. Inspired by the idea of dressing in “everyday favourites” Ollie & Max designer Samantha Burns creates womenswear which is classic, modern and versatile.

What is your Christmas tradition? Do you like to dress up in a pretty frock?


L~ F
  • That dress is lovely on you! So cheerful and perfect for summer 🙂 You can’t go wrong with either option but option 1 is my favourite 🙂

    Getting dressed up in a new outfit used to be a big part of my Christmas too! The past few years I’ve been rewearing what I own instead after finding lots of things I’d never wear again as it felt too ‘special’ haha! It’s still strange not having a new pretty dress for Christmas day!

    • I try and buy my something NEW as an outfit fhat I would re- wear. I hate waste, my daughter actually wore my last year Christmas Day dress for this Christmas Day. And I’ve wornit multiple times this year as well.
      I wore the dress with and without the belt on Christmas Day – belt disappeared as more food was consumed lol

      • Oh I think sharing the dress is a great idea! 🙂 I find if I rewear what I own already I think of ways to ‘dress up’ something for a special occasion, and that’s easier than trying to think of more casual ways to wear a ‘special occasion’ dress, for me anyway 🙂

  • Norlin Mustapha

    Wow! I love the colours on that dress! Vibrant and fun; perfect for Christmas. You look fab Karen. 🙂

    • Thanks Norlin it was perfect for Christmas day and I didn’t have to worry about spilling anything on it. Always an issue for me on Christmas day