The LDV Festive Fashion Parade

The members of the LDV team are in a relaxed state at the moment, replete with the joys, food and drink of the season.

Some of us have been showing off our best Christmas fashion and I thought you’d like to have a look over your morning coffee.

We’ll start with the tasteful. Mary Reid’s wonderful green coat. I bumped into her at LDHQ the other week and I can promise that it feels amazingly soft. I don’t really care that much about clothes, but I like this coat.

Mary Reid's coat

I guess Joe Otten’s new funky Christmas shirt could be described as tasteful, too. It’s kind of like the duvet I had as a teenager.

Joe Otten's shirt


Why would you cover it up with a Christmas jumper, even one that is comparatively cultured?

Joe Otten Christmas jumper


Alex Foster on the other hand is not quite so refined:

Alex Foster Christmas jumper

The reason he’s looking so sad is because there’s an even more tacky specimen among the team:

It’s on classy footwear that the team has excelled itself, though. First of all, Paul Walter’s feet will never be cold with these around:

Paul Walter's slippers

And neither will Stephen Tall’s, although the attachment he has developed for these is possibly a little worrying.

Stephen Tall's slippers

And I’m not letting myself off the hook. My Christmas Jumper has to be the tackiest of them all.  I chose it myself so I have no excuse.

Caron Lindsay Christmas Jumper


If you can do any better than us in terms of festive style, send us the photographic evidence….






* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Jayne Mansfield 30th Dec '14 - 11:02am

    The green coat is absolutely lovely and covetable. As for the rest, call the taste police!

    Joe Otton’s shirt took me down memory lane. My husband used to wear shirts like that in the seventies with matching kipper ties.

  • Joe Otten has a fine collection of loud designer shirts. His jumper is disappointingly restrained though.
    Mary, as always, the epitome of style.

  • Joe Otten has a great career ahead of him…. in radio.

  • When did this fad for Christmas jumpers start ?
    Another pointless US import ?

  • @PBBrown Fun Christmas jumpers were very much part of the Xmas TV specials by the likes of Val Doonican back in the 1970s weren’t they? So perhaps this is more a case of a decades-old British tradition building up rather than being a US import?

  • PS But top marks for your scrooge like attitude to fun Christmas clothes 🙂

  • peter tyzack 31st Dec '14 - 8:47am

    Joe Otten’s shirt is very Laura Ashley, I am sure I remember one like that from the 60s, though perhaps the collar was a bit bigger…. and they used to do matching ties in the same fabric!

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