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SYW Presents…….Your Festive Dressing Guide


Posted on: December 16th, 2016 by Emma No Comments

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

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; Velvet Heels as before

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.

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

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.

Emma XX

Note: All items available at Royal Priors Shopping Centre.

 

 

 

 

December’s Outfit of the Month – Desk to Drinks


Posted on: November 30th, 2015 by Emma No Comments

With the festive season kicking into gear this week, December’s OOTM for Royal Priors is a great look that takes you from desk to drinks.

9-5 Look

9-5 Look

Built around New Look’s simple but elegant jumpsuit (the jumpsuit is the item for your party wardrobe but more on that in our party pieces blog…coming soon).  To take it to the office layer over M&S’ black and white blouse complete with new romance details – ruffle collar and flounce sleeve.  The bronze version of  Jigsaw’s Milly Court’s  are pared back enough to grace the boardroom but their cheeky sparkle comes into their own when you hit the bar.

Accessories remain minimal, to be amped up come cocktail time.

To take you to drinks and beyond, ditch the shirt and add divine details and sparkle with pieces from Swarovski, Lola Rose, and Nikki Lissoni – all available from Fabulous.

Finish it all off with faux fur, the key ingredient this party season.  Now you are ready to be stylish and fabulous wherever the night takes you.

Cocktail O'Clock

Cocktail O’Clock

See the look at the Royal Priors Shopping Centre now.

Book one of our express shops and let us find you the perfect outfit or finishing touch in your lunch hour. Drop us a line to find out more – emma.mascall@shapeyourwardrobe.co.uk

See more of our picks for the festive season over on our Party Prep Pinterest Board
following Shape Your Wardrobe's board Party Prep on Pinterest.

Full Look Details
Marks & Spencer, Faux Fur Striped Coat – £99.00; New Look, Strappy Notch Neck Jumpsuit – £22.00 ; Marks & Spencer, Romantic Tie Neck Blouse – £29.50; Jigsaw, Milly Court Shoes – £149.00 ; Gap, Mini Cross Body Bag, Gold – £24.95

Jewellery available from Fabulous
Folli Follie, Classy Champagne Ring – £60.00; Nikki Lissoni, Rose gold stud earring carriers – £25.00 worn with Sky Full of Stars Coins (Drinks) – £35.00; Swarovski Stardust Light Multi Single Bracelet – £49.00; Lola Rose Holiss Necklace Chocolate Montana Agate – £95.00

Seasonal Sparkle


Posted on: November 19th, 2014 by Emma No Comments

Need outfit inspiration for the office Christmas party or a knockout New Year ensemble, SYW has been compiling handy hints and tips on dressing for the most glamorous time of the year.

 

The high street has embraced all that glitters, shines and sparkles.  Think it’s not for you?  Sparkle does not mean looking like a Christmas decoration (unless that’s your preference).  Try our ideas for 3 types of sparkling festive engagement.

Office Party

When putting together a look that is both professional and party appropriate, embellished pieces are great.  They can work as daytime wear when approached a certain way, making them perfect for the office party (or any other occasion) when a full outfit change is not practical and you need something to carry you effortlessly from day to eve.  Take one glamorous dress, such as this one from Darling which will suit both athletic shapes and petite hourglasses. 

Darling Dress; TopShop White Shirt; Soru Onyx Cord Tie Bracelet; TopShop Haemetite Bead Earrings

Darling Dress; TopShop White Shirt; Soru Onyx Cord Tie Bracelet; TopShop Haemetite Bead Earrings

 

Add a plain knit over the top or a smart shirt underneath.  Wear with plain court shoes or brogues.  When it’s time to get the party started, simply remove your knit/shirt,  swap out your shoes for some killer heels and add the statement accessories stashed in your handbag.  We love the Folli Follie earrings  which have a clever magnet which lowers the drop from day to eve appropriate with a snap.  Desk to champagne reception transformation in less than 5 mins.

All Day Get Togethers

Folli Follie Earrings; Nikki Lissoni Coin and bracelet carrier, M&S Red Boots;  Kurt Geiger Heels;  Whistles Cecil Sequin Skirt; H&M Red Jumper

Folli Follie Earrings; Nikki Lissoni Coin and bracelet carrier, M&S Red Boots; Kurt Geiger Heels; Whistles Cecil Sequin Skirt; H&M Red Jumper

 

For those family gatherings or meet ups with old friends which may start at lunchtime but could easily segue through to midnight, you want to look refined but relaxed.  This is where the hardworking A-Line midi comes in.  Make it festive by choosing one with glossy sequins such as Whistles Cecil sparkle skirt.  Team with a textured knit and you’re covered from cosy do’s in country pubs to house parties and even work socials.  Turn the look on its head and go for plain all over with a textured A line midi and fine knit and punctuate with a statement shoe such as these gorgeous jewelled pumps from Boden.  What’s great about the A line midi is that it works well on all shapes.  Wear with boots to dress down further or with a killer heel to amp it up.

 

Boden embellished jumper, 3.1 Phillip Lim Gold Handbag, Dorothy Perkins Gold Shoe Boot, Gap Real Straight Dark Jeans

Boden embellished jumper, 3.1 Phillip Lim Gold Handbag, Dorothy Perkins Gold Shoe Boot, Gap Real Straight Dark Jeans

More a jeans and tee kind of gal? Embrace an embellished jumper.  Expert at elevating the humble jean, especially if you also deign to rock a glittery boot.

Remember if you have a larger bust, a V or sweetheart neckline will be more flattering in an embellished jumper.

Black Tie/Formal 

Sequins, embellishment and all that glitters can really come into their own for formal events , it’s the excuse to break out the high octane evening gown.  Those feeling brave can go head to foot in sequins, SYW loves this Phase Eight number.   This captures full on Hollywood glamour and suits those with a vintage hourglass hollywood starlet shape.

Prefer trousers? Copy the boys and grab a tux.  This season the classic look has an injection of high voltage glamour with the addition of an embellished jacket or molten metal accessories to tuxedo trousers/cigarette pants.

H&M White Tux Jkt with gold trim; Reiss Gold Bandeau Top; Whistles Tuxedo Trousers; 3.1 Phillip Lim Gold handbag; Boden Jewelled Pumps

H&M White Tux Jkt with gold trim; Reiss Gold Bandeau Top; Whistles Tuxedo Trousers; 3.1 Phillip Lim Gold handbag; Boden Jewelled Pumps

If you really aren’t into metallics and sequins then monochrome offers a great way to achieve a glam but more minimal look.  Bring the tux into the dress as with this little number from Paper Doll.  Finish with some statement shoes such as these funky Kurt Geiger black sequin pair. 

B&W Tux Dress by Paper Doll

B&W Tux Dress by Paper Doll

For more ideas on rocking the party season, check out our Partywear Pinterest Board – “All that Glitters”.

Follow Shape Your Wardrobe's board All that glitters on Pinterest.

Searching for your killer festive season outfit?  Let SYW sort it for you, with a personal shop tailored for your occasion or our party season mini consultation.  Get in touch via e-mail, the website or any of our social media pages.