Some of you (although I appreciate very few) may like me be taking a well earned mid festive season night off to recharge before it really hits its stride and others may be nursing hangovers from the night before as you read this but thoughts will be turning to just how your wardrobe will keep pace with the varied events the next week is sure to throw at you. With this in mind instead of an Outfit of the Month for Royal Priors thought would show you what’s in store with my guide to dressing right the way through from works do to the New Year.
First up the office or work do – you want to look up to date but appropriate (best to avoid becoming talk of the workplace because of a wardrobe malfunction!) and still look good if you are one of the last ones standing at 3am. You need an LGD – little glam dress! This one from Topshop ticks the boxes, covered up but in molten metal texture. To keep it on trend team with a biker jacket and a velvet heel. Add some detail and fun with these fantastic fox studs from Pia Jewellery and an easily portable purse come handbag, impossible to lose a wristlet (yes they are a thing), the cheesy disco awaits. Note: you can always double and use this look for New Year’s Eve too.
Dress, Topshop £39; Biker Jacket, M&S £55; Earrings, Pia Jewellery £18; Velvet Heels, New Look £22.99; Wristlet Claire’s £16
With the main event itself looming, you need a look for tucking into your feast, unwrapping those pressies, charades with the family and a good old Christmas Day walk. I think this will do it. Sticking with metallics but softening the look to make it daytime appropriate but remaining stylish all day long. The fun holiday season Alex and Ani bangles available from Fabulous Collections keep it Christmassy. Layer up with this cosy but classy coat from Jigsaw, thick tights and over the knee boots when you venture out.
Coat, Jigsaw £298; Metal Yarn Jumper, Topshop £42; Metallic Skirt, New Look £14.99; Alex & Ani Bangles, Fabulous Collections from £24; Earrings, Pia Jewellery £15; Velvet Heels as before
The day after the over indulgence and the excitement, I think lends itself perfectly for a more casual combo. Cath Kidston’s robin Christmas jumper works really well when teamed with Gap’s True Skinny jean with studded details. Keep the festive feel by repeating the bracelets of the day before and finish with a metallic boot, these ankle ones will ensure that you can manage a walk to blow the cobwebs off and maybe a sneaky visit to the pub. Keep toasty with M&S’ faux shearling (one of this winter’s key fabrics) wrap.
Robin Jumper, Cath Kidston £75; Faux Sheepskin Wrap, M&S £45; Stud front Jeans, Gap £54.95; Metallic Boots, New Look £29.99; Wristlet and Bangles as before.
Just enough time to roll out the red carpet glamour to close out the festivities for New Year’s Eve. This look works whether you are welcoming 2017 by staying in, going out or with dinner a deux. The full skirt has seen a real revival and this rich plum version from Roman Originals channels one of the colours of A/W 2016. Keep it tonal with Jigsaw’s tie top. Add interest with texture and print in your shoes and accessories but go for one full on statement piece in the form of these Soru earrings (available from Fabulous Collections). I suggest repeating the biker jacket to give the look some edge but the Jigsaw coat from Christmas Day would work equally well.
Skirt, Roman Originals £50; Tie Top, Jigsaw £98; Block Heel Shoes, New Look £22.99; Leopard Print Clutch, New Look £17.99; Earrings, Soru from Fabulous £160; Jacket M&S as before
So nothing left to say on this other than to wish you a happy and stylish Christmas and New Year.
Note: All items available at Royal Priors Shopping Centre.