If you’ve ever visited a Christmas market then you’ll already know these three things: It’s busy, it’s cold and you need to be hands-free to drink your Baileys hot chocolate. That’s where my new Gaston Luga Parlan backpack came in handy. It’s large enough that I could fit in my scarf and gloves, purse and phone with plenty of room for a water bottle and some snacks. In fact, when I visited Newcastle Christmas markets I had a big bag of fudge in it alongside some grocery shopping. So now we’ve got our bag sorted, what else should you wear to a Christmas market?
Wearing layers to a Christmas market is an absolute must. It’s December, you’re outside for a good few hours, you are most definitely going to be cold. As a base layer, I’d go for a pair of cosy opaque tights and a thermal vest top. If you’re heading to a market in a super cold country you could wear a long-sleeve thermal top and thermal leggings, too. My next layer is a roll neck top. I like a finer knit, but obviously something more chunky would keep you even warmer. I personally don’t like too much bulk, though.
I then like to layer a skirt over my tights. If it’s not too chilly then one of my cord or faux leather a-line skirts is my go-to style. For a (tiny) amount of extra warmth, a midi skirt over your tights works so well. That’s what I wore in Edinburgh both last year and this year, too.
Of course, you’ll then need a cosy coat over the top of your layers. A teddy coat is a perfect piece of outwear to wear to a Christmas market. They look stylish and they are definitely going to keep you warm. Last year I wore a gorgeous burgundy faux fur coat, in Newcastle I wore my favourite leopard print teddy coat, and this weekend passed I wore the coat you’ll have seen all over my Instagram – the warm brown teddy coat. I was so snuggly on all of those occasions.
To complete your Christmas market outfit you’ll need some great accessories. We’ve already discussed the practicality of the Gaston Luga backpack (also, how beautiful is it?), but a practical pair of boots is a must, too. I don’t know about you, but there is just no way I could wear heels around a Christmas market. It might be muddy, it will more than likely be uneven, and you’re definitely going to be hitting your step goals. No one wants to end up with sore feet, or even worse, tripping over. Either a pair of flat boots or boots with a small chunky heel, are ideal.
Last but not least. A hat, scarf and glove set that matches your cosy coat beautifully. You’re going to look so chic while keeping the chill out, right?