A Guide To Christmas Occasion Dressing

Christmas calls for the best your wardrobe has to offer. If you’re lucky, you will get to go to lots of different events and occasions that call for many different styles of dress. For some, this can be a minefield – what do you wear?

Luckily, there are some fail safe pieces that always work this time of year, classic fabrics, prints and styles that you will be able to call on this Christmas, and pretty much every Christmas after that. These are pieces that I have in my wardrobe, not strictly fashion, but wearable, and workable for a whole host of Christmas occasions.

A Red Dress

I have a whole host of red dresses that I wear over the Christmas period. Red is, of course, synonymous with Christmas, from Santa’s suit, to Rudolph’s nose, to the berries on the holly wreaths that we hang on our doors. A red dress is a great choice for Christmas Day, to wear if you are going to a panto, and also for a family Christmas meal. I wore this dress last year for a trip to the theatre, and will be pulling it out the wardrobe again soon.


Juna Rose High Neck Red Spot Dress £50 Click to visit Simply Be

Simply Be Ruched Sleeve Skater Dress £35 Click to visit Simply Be

Red Shirred Bardot Bodycon Dress
£25.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

*Tall Berry Red Velvet Knot Front Skater Dress
£25.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Something Christmas Themed

Obviously, Christmas jumper day calls for a Christmas themed top or sweater, but your Christmas themed clothing doesn’t have to just be a jumper. Contrado is a fashion company that focuses on allowing you to create your own clothes by using your own prints or photographs to create designs that can then be printed on anything from a dress or a top to a skirt or a bag.

As a lover of all things Christmas I decided to design my own skirt using photographs from Christmas past. The skirt could come in two lengths, so I chose the longer skater length rather than a mini skirt, and you can also chose whether you want your images in colour, black and white or, as I chose, sepia. Photographs can be rotated and cropped, they can be arranged in a variety of ways, and you can have a follow on pattern, or different images on the front and back.

The finished product only takes a few days before it is with you and ready to wear, and I think it is the perfect item for a trip to a Christmas Market, a Boxing Day turkey buffet, or a shopping trip before Christmas – it will certainly get you in the Christmas spirit.

Velvet

For me, velvet is the fabric for Christmas. I know that it is a marmite choice, some people just hating the feel of it, but velvet speaks of warmth and luxury, and yes, Christmas. You could chose a velvet accessory if you are not so happy to go all out velvet or just go for it. Perfect for any Christmas evening occasion.

M&S Collection
Velvet Sparkle Bodycon Midi Dress
£55 Click to visit M&S

M&S Collection
Velvet Pleated A-Line Midi Skirt £35 Click to visit M&S

Autograph
Velvet Plisse Round Neck Long Sleeve Blouse £39.50 Click to visit M&S

Sparkle and Sequins

And finally we have sparkle and sequins, aka what to wear on New Year’s Eve. The only rule of New Year’s Eve is that you should sparkle brighter than the tree!

PREMIUM Sequin Embellished One Shoulder Bodycon Dress
Was £69.00 Now £48.30 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

PREMIUM Black Sequin Trousers
£75.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Dark Iridescent Sequin Skirt
Was £35.00 Now £24.50 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

 

 

 

La Redoute’s Top Tips for Christmas…complete with seasonal savings!

La Redoute has been one of my favourite mail order brands for years, since my sister-in-law introduced me to their fantastic ranges after I constantly pestered her about her amazing sandals. I have always been impressed by the high quality for low prices, and this season I have really loved so many items. Here is my La Redoute top ten, complete with some festive discounts.

Milano Knit Dress Was £25.00 Now £17.50 click to visit La Redoute

Loving the 1960s styling of this knitted dress…think Alexa Chung and Nicola Roberts.

Printed or Plain Dress Was £25.00 Now £17.50 click to visit La Redoute

A little bit tea dress, a little bit boho, and oh-so-sexy with those socks and boots, this is the perfect transitional dress.Add chunky knits now, and then a 40s style cardigan come Spring.

Dual Fabric Star Print T-shirt £13.00 click to visit La Redoute

Loving this star print top, perfect for Dolce and Gabbana fans who like Primark price points!

Plain or Polka Dot Print Cardigan £15.00 click to visit La Redoute

This 50s style cardigan is so versatile, wear it with jeans for a casual look, or drapped over your shift dress for a retro style cover-up.

Plain or printed ballet pumps £21 click to visit La Redoute

These are just so Kate Moss. Just add skinny jeans and red lippy for the ultimate ‘London Look’.

Military Style Cropped Cardigan Was £29.00 Now £14.50 click to visit La Redoute

This military style cardigan has more than a touch of Kate Middleton styling about it..but look at the price, less than £15!

 

Latest Voucher codes

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Latest New Customer Voucher Code:

Offer: £15 off your first order when you spend £20 or more

Order Code: 8340

Ends: 13/01/2012

URL: http://www.laredoute.co.uk/page/new-customer-offer-winter.htm

T&Cs: Offer valid until 13/01/2012 on full price Autumn winter 2011 collections. Offer not valid on La Redoute’s mini price, green pages, online specials and schoolwear; Vertbaudet’s Happy Prices or Green Star; already discounted products; or certain internet-only products indicated on our websites. Vanessa Bruno edition limitee hiver 2011/12 La Redoute collection is not eligible for discount.

Latest Voucher Codes:

Offer: 30% off your order plus competition entry to win an iPad 2

Order Code: 8346

Ends: 03/12/2011

T&Cs: Offer valid until 03/12/2011 from full price Autumn Winter Collections. Discount not valid on La Redoute’s Mini Price, Schoolwear, Green Pages and Online Specials; Vertbaudet’s Happy Prices or Green Star; already discounted products; or certain internet-only products indicated on our websites. Vanessa Bruno edition limitee hiver 2011/12 La Redoute collection is not eligible for discount. Goods supplied subject to our terms and conditions. *10 iPad 2 16GB wifi prize draw details – Number of items in order equals number of entries into draw (max 25 per entrant). Draw open to UK entrants aged 18 and above, but for legal reasons is not open to Northern Ireland residents and employees of La Redoute & her sister companies and their families. Draw is open from 23/11/2011 until 03/12/11. Winners will be drawn at random and notified by 20/12/2011. Only one prize per winner. Responsibility will not be accpeted for entries arriving after closing date. We may alter, extend or cancel this draw.

 

Win! Shopping Vouchers with Fashion-Mommy and Matalan.

The Christmas adverts are always an exciting reminder that ‘Holidays are coming.’ One of my absolute favourites this season, apart from the obvious John Lewis tear-jerker, is the beautiful ad for Matalan.

Featuring a host of wonderfully dressed people enjoying a snowy Christmas, it is quite a surprise when it is revealed that the people are actually figures inside snow globes. If you haven’t seen it, watch the ad in full below.

Competition time!

After watching the video, I’m sure you’re in the mood for some shopping. Matalan is offering one lucky Fashion-Mommy reader the chance to win £30 of vouchers to spend at Matalan. To enter the competition, simply leave a comment telling us what you would buy from the new collection with your voucher. If you require a closer look, follow the link below to take a look at the items in detail.

http://bit.ly/t4vVrq

The competition closes at Midnight on the 5th of December, and the winner will be notified by email. The prize can be taken in online or store vouchers – the choice is yours.