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

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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

 

 

 

How to Dress to Impress at the Office Christmas Party

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Christmas is a season for love, joy, and peace, and the season to let your hair down, get glam, and dress to impress. Most work environments have an office Christmas party where the food and drink is generous, and the talk moves from work to fun, laughter, and even flirtatious behaviour.

If you have your eye on someone, and there is female competition, how are you going to stand out from the crowd and impress your crush? Relying on a dress that has been in your closet for five years might not be the fit of current fashion today, so a fashion investment for your Christmas party may be necessary. The good news is that fast fashion has made trendy clothing affordable and stylish all year round.

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Feel Good Look Good

What you choose to wear to the office Christmas party can say a lot about your personality and how you feel about yourself. Dress for yourself and your outfit will display your confidence, but try to impress wearing something that you feel uncomfortable in and this can be counterproductive. If you don’t like to wear revealing clothing, there are other ways to dress attractively without the need to show flesh. Try a midi dress if you have a curvaceous body, or a crop top with high waisted trousers if you are naturally slim with a boyish figure.

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Try Quirky and Different

If fast fashion is not on your radar, you might be interested in quirky or vintage fashion. Vintage fashion does not look good on everyone, but if you can carry off this look wear it with pride. Vintage items never go out of fashion. Think polka dots, sixties style dresses, mini or maxi skirts, and colourful short fitted jackets. This look relies on a confident individual who may be complimented numerous times on the outfit. Difference is good with fashion. You might not always be the latest trendsetter, but a colourful outfit quirky or vintage outfit makes a statement about who you are.

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Ditch the Black

Black is the classic colour for business attire, so why would you want to wear it to the office Christmas party? Perhaps you believe that nothing beats the little black dress when it comes to elegance, and you believe in the ‘black is slimming’ motto. While black can be slimming and elegant, it can also boring, especially at Christmas time. If you must wear black, at least choose an item of clothing that is bright to wear with your black jacket or trousers/skirt, you could also use different fabrics like lace or velvet to add interest.

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A velvet obsession

When it comes to Christmas 2016, the main fashion trend that we will remember is how luxurious velvet made quite a comeback. It is always a fabulous fabric for Christmas, with its roots in the stunning red velvet capes that we imagine Victorian children wearing. Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Kardashian have all fell under a velvet spell, whilst just last week Kate Moss opted for classic black velvet at the British Fashion Awards. Velvet is having a beautiful, fashion moment.

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I’ve been having my own velvet moments this Christmas. It is a fabric that I always reach for as soon as the Christmas Tree makes an appearance, because, as well as the fact that it looks great, it is also warm, which is a real positive when you are walking  (because taxis are so expensive at this time of year.) Another plus point for me is that you tend not to need to iron velvet – especially if it is the creased/crushed variety. Velvet could be in the form of a head to toe slinky dress, or an accessory – a jacket straight from the 1970s, a clutch bag which has ‘bags of style’, even a retro Alice band to create a Bardot style.

My Velvet Style

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Get the Velvet Look

There are so many brilliant velvet pieces around this season. My top picks are the beautiful chartreuse dress from M&S which is just so incredibly beautiful, and the Archive by Alexa Wade boots, these have a gorgeous, androgynous feel to them, like Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, and so Alexa too.

Take a look at my velvet edit, do you have a favourite piece?

 M&S COLLECTION Fit & Flare Velvet Dress T427064 £39.50 Click to visit M&S


M&S COLLECTION Fit & Flare Velvet Dress
£39.50 Click to visit M&S

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Wade Velvet Boot T020318A £65.00 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Wade Velvet Boot
£65.00 Click to visit M&S

 

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Wade Velvet Boot T020318A £65.00 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Wade Velvet Boot
£65.00 Click to visit M&S

 M&S COLLECTION Velvet Culotte Sleeveless Jumpsuit T427082 £49.50 Click to visit M&S


M&S COLLECTION Velvet Culotte Sleeveless Jumpsuit
£49.50 Click to visit M&S

 M&S COLLECTION Velvet Stiletto Buckle Bow Sandals with Insolia® T020664A £29.50 Click to visit M&S


M&S COLLECTION Velvet Stiletto Buckle Bow Sandals with Insolia® £29.50 Click to visit M&S

Velvet Choker Dress £30.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Velvet Choker Dress £30.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Navy Velvet Strappy Skater Dress Was £45.00 Now £22.00Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Navy Velvet Strappy Skater Dress Was £45.00 Now £22.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Glitter Velvet Jumpsuit Was £55.00 Now £30.00Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Glitter Velvet Jumpsuit Was £55.00 Now £30.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Velvet Wide Leg Trousers Was £35.00 Now £20.00Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Velvet Wide Leg Trousers Was £35.00 Now £20.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Velvet Lace Mix Top £32.00 Click to visit Topshop

Velvet Lace Mix Top £32.00 Click to visit Topshop

Velvet Trim Cold Shoulder Skater Dress £49.00 Click to visit Topshop

Velvet Trim Cold Shoulder Skater Dress
£49.00 Click to visit Topshop