Does anyone own an ugly Christmas woolly jumper? Or more appropriately for our hot summer climate an ugly Christmas ‘Santa on surfboard’ tropical shirt? 

Tropical Christmas shirts

Do you do the ‘Christmas family photos’ all wearing the same festive shirt or reindeer antlers or in Santa‘s hat? What have you planned for this year for your special festival attire?

Christmas hats

Here at the Abbey Museum we have a Victorian-theme going on – from our exquisitely decorated and VERY tall Victorian Christmas tree to our series of delicious high teas with Victorian Carollers singing up a storm and we all know we could certainly do with some rain, but I digress .. So back to our Victorian Christmas theme and what to wear this year on December 25? 

As with everything we do here at the Abbey we look to our collection for inspiration and when it comes to clothing we cannot go past our collection of fashion plates.

Click to enlarge or scroll through for Festive Fashion inspiration!

These fashion plates come from a series of women’s magazines that date from 1773 through to 1907.  Now looking at these amazing fashions for December particularly from the Victorian era may make you break out in a sweat, not that we would wear these dresses, especially with the proposed heat of the summer just around the corner. But give some thought to our early Australian women settlers who came to this country still wearing this style of clothing from England or other European countries, although maybe not quite so high-end as these. Here are some of the fashion plates from Victorian England that might just inspire you with your wardrobe this Christmas. 

No matter what fashion statement takes your fancy this Christmas season, enjoy your time with family and friends and we wish you a very Merry Christmas. 

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