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.


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

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.



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!








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.


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.