December Outfit post – Part 1- Build up to Christmas

Happy New Year to you all! I’m starting the year with the usual outfit round up, this time for the month of December. But, as December has been a very busy and active month, I am going to split December into two posts, with this one being the run up to Christmas, which was filled with parties, panto’s and all around good living.

Party season meant some new pieces added to my wardrobe, and a dip into my sparkly wardrobe currently housed in my son Joe’s room. New pieces include the Untold dress from House of Fraser, which is probably the shortest thing I had worn in years, and the River Island Bardot top which was an early Christmas present from the hubby. From the wardrobe came the gold, glitter tunic that I found at a jumble sale years ago, and often gets worn with leggings – this time I teamed it with coloured skinny jeans.

I often say that if you buy classic pieces you will wear them forever. A case in point is the Bertie 1920s style Mary Janes that I wore for a Christmas party. I got these in a Debenhams Shoe Studio sale a week before I got married – in 2017 I’ll be celebrating my twelfth wedding anniversary. I still love those shoes and still wear them a lot, no danger of them disappearing to a charity shop in 2017. My M&S pull on crushed velvet boots are also around 8 years old, and have been worn a lot this year as velvet has had a style moment – they are certainly perfect for panto season as they have just a touch of principal boy style about them.

What did you wear in the run up to Christmas 2016?

Lincoln Christmas Market

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Hat From the Christmas Market Scarf WBA Official Coat Vintage Skirt Dorothy Perkins Bag House of Fraser Boots Hotter Shoes

 

Mystery Boots £95 Click to visit Hotter Shoes

Mystery Boots £95 Click to visit Hotter Shoes

Lunch at Chai Kitchen

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Dress F&F Clothing Boots Clarks

Carlita Quinn £60 Click to visit Clarks

Carlita Quinn £60 Click to visit Clarks

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F&F Floral Print Midi Dress £22 Click to visit F&F Clothing

F&F Floral Print Midi Dress £22 Click to visit F&F Clothing

School Run

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Jumper Vintage Scarf River Island Jeans Dorothy Perkins Boots Clarks

Panto Press Night

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Dress Jameela Jamil at Simply Be Boots M&S

 

Jameela Jamil Ponte Midi Dress now £24 Click to visit Simply Be

Jameela Jamil Ponte Midi Dress now £24 Click to visit Simply Be

Christmas Party

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Top and Necklace Primark Skirt House of Fraser Bag Day Birger et Mikkelson Shoes Bertie

 

 Therapy Afia Bronze Pleated Skirt £12 Click to visit House of Fraser


Therapy Afia Bronze Pleated Skirt £12 Click to visit House of Fraser

Matching Top Available.

 Therapy Afia Bronze Pleated Cami now £12 Click to visit House of Fraser


Therapy Afia Bronze Pleated Cami now £12 Click to visit House of Fraser

Coffee and catch up with an old friend

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Dress Charity Shop Boots Clarks

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Roman Originals Animal Print Side Drape Dress now |£25 Click to visit House of Fraser

Roman Originals Animal Print Side Drape Dress now |£25 Click to visit House of Fraser

1980s night

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Dress Untold at House of Fraser Shoes Vivienne Westwood

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 French Connection Snow Sequins Bodycon Dress £85 Click to visit House of Fraser


French Connection Snow Sequins Bodycon Dress
£85 Click to visit House of Fraser

Sunday Lunch with family

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Dress Primark Boots Clarks

Kelda Nights £70 Click to visit Clarks

Kelda Nights £70 Click to visit Clarks

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VIZ-A-VIZ Animal Print Jacquard Dress £35 Click to visit House of Fraser

VIZ-A-VIZ Animal Print Jacquard Dress £35 Click to visit House of Fraser

Christmas Jumper Day

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Jumper Amazon Other items as before

First Family Christmas

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Faux fur Vintage Coated skinnies Dorothy Perkins Top River Island Bag John Lewis Boots Clarks

 Nude metallic pleated bardot top Was £28.00 Now £15.00 Click to visit River Island

Nude metallic pleated bardot top Was £28.00 Now £15.00 Click to visit River Island

A trip to see Santa

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Coat – stolen from Mom Bag John Lewis Boots Hunter Jeans Marisota

Hunter Hunter Original Welly Military Red £95.00 Click to visit Office

Hunter Original Welly Military Red £95.00 Click to visit Office

 

M&S Picks for the party season

It seems strange when we look back on Marks and Spencer from the 1980s and 1990s. It had become a shop that was synonymous with grandma fashion. The place you could look for a good quality pair of trousers with an elasticated waist, a soft knit cardi or jumper, and of course, the only place to go for big knickers or a bra fitting. It was practical and reliable, but fashionable was not a word you would ever use to describe it.

But that was then. In recent years M&S woke up. We had the much anticipated adverts containing a range of influential women from Erin O Conner to Twiggy. Then we had the must buy pieces, the much lusted after pink coat, and the a-line leather skirt worn by Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo. And then we had the Archive by Alexa collection, which did split opinions but I personally loved it. M&S could not be accused of not trying to keep up with current styles and trends. The prices also seem more affordablenow, although you can make this even better by searching for Marks and Spencer Voucher Codes which can guarantee you never miss a sale or promotion, or get you free delivery options.  (This may also give you a guilt free option, as My Favourite Voucher Codes donate 20% of their profits to charity. By using their voucher codes you’re donating to charity.)

The latest party collection has now been launched and it is so full of beautiful things it is basically my Autumn/Winter 2016 wishlist. It is wearable and yet so glam, drawing influences from disco and Glam Rock in the form of hot metallics, but there are also shades of folkloric, with Winter florals, long sleeves and flouncy shapes. This season’s pleats are well represented and there are also classic styles in black for those who prefer their Christmas outfits to be sleek and minimal – I’m particularly loving the black strapless jumpsuit which has shades of Victoria Beckham and Gwen Stefani about it.

Here are some of my key picks with one eye towards Winter, but another firmly looking towards Christmas and all those lovely, festive nights out.

Let me know what you think.

M&S Edit

 M&S COLLECTION New Long Sleeve Jersey Top £19.50 Click to visit M&S


M&S COLLECTION New  Long Sleeve Jersey Top £19.50 Click to visit M&S

 Foil Pleated Jersey Top T412180 £25.00 Click to visit M&S

Foil Pleated Jersey Top £25.00 Click to visit M&S

 AUTOGRAPH New Floral Print Midi Dress £65 Click to visit M&S


AUTOGRAPH New Floral Print Midi Dress £65 Click to visit M&S

 LIMITED EDITION New Cotton Rich Turtle Neck Bodycon Dress £29.50 Click to visit M&S


LIMITED EDITION New Cotton Rich Turtle Neck Bodycon Dress £29.50 Click to visit M&S

 PER UNA New Gold Jacquard Print Tapered Leg Trousers £45 Click to visit M&S


PER UNA New Gold Jacquard Print Tapered Leg Trousers
£45 Click to visit M&S

 M&S COLLECTION New Long Sleeve Notch Neck Tunic Dress £29.50 Click to visit M&S


M&S COLLECTION New Long Sleeve Notch Neck Tunic Dress £29.50 Click to visit M&S

 LIMITED EDITION New Satin Ruffle Long Sleeve Shell Top £35 Click to visit M&S


LIMITED EDITION New Satin Ruffle Long Sleeve Shell Top
£35 Click to visit M&S

 PER UNA New Sequin Midi Pencil Skirt £49.50 Click to visit M&S

PER UNA New Sequin Midi Pencil Skirt £49.50 Click to visit M&S

 LIMITED EDITION New Bird Jacquard Print A-Line Skirt £59 Click to visit M&S


LIMITED EDITION New Bird Jacquard Print A-Line Skirt
£59 Click to visit M&S

 PER UNA New Fit & Flare Thistle Dress £55 Click to visit M&S

PER UNA New Fit & Flare Thistle Dress £55 Click to visit M&S

 LIMITED EDITION New Metallic Pleated Skirt £35 Click to visit M&S

LIMITED EDITION New Metallic Pleated Skirt £35 Click to visit M&S

 M&S COLLECTION New Rose Print Bodycon Dress £49.50 Click to visit M&S

M&S COLLECTION New Rose Print Bodycon Dress £49.50 Click to visit M&S

 LIMITED EDITION New Cotton Rich Striped Lurex Bodycon Dress £29.50 Click to visit M&S

LIMITED EDITION New Cotton Rich Striped Lurex Bodycon Dress £29.50 Click to visit M&S

     AUTOGRAPH New Strapless Jumpsuit £69 Click to visit M&S


AUTOGRAPH New Strapless Jumpsuit £69 Click to visit M&S

 Prev ZOOM Next Fit & Flare Guipure Lace Dress PER UNA New Fit & Flare Guipure Lace Dress £120 Click to visit M&S