‘Tis the season to sparkle…

Dress yourself up with this guide at the most festive time of the year…

The festive month of December is undoubtedly the merriest time of year.

As Christmas approaches, you’ll find your diary is brimming with social events aka perfect opportunities to show off your seasonal style. Don’t let the stress of shopping or concerns about the cooking to get in the way!

‘Tis the season to sparkle… 

The Christmas Party

Autumn/ Winter 2012’s baroque style, with its gold patterning and intricate embellishments, is perfect for a formal Christmas occasion. Look gorgeously opulent whilst still being able to afford Christmas presents!

A simple and inexpensive way to take on the trend is to embellish a simple piece with ornate accessories. Be sure to keep your base colour either black or white (a rich berry shade would be a beautiful alternative) and accessories in gold – perhaps a piece of statement jewellery, an elaborate clutch or extravagant shoes. Sheer materials, lace, floral patterns and religious symbols are the key subtleties to consider for this look…

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Missguided Black sheer shirt with brocade collar £16.00

ASOS Jewel Cross Earrings £20.00

ASOS Black and gold baroque-style playsuit £33.50

Topshop Graphite Peep Toe Heels £65.00

Missguided Cut Out Cross Leather Tee £14.99

ASOS Jumpsuit £50.00


Boxing Day Walk in the Park

An afternoon walk in the crisp December air is a lovely way to spend Boxing Day when experiencing that familiar post-party feeling of a little too much food and wine! For inspiration, consider this season’s British heritage trend as is exemplified by Burberry– it’s practical for the outdoors whilst looking classy too! A checked blazer or quilted jacket will keep out the cold and team with a polished pair of leather riding boots or tote bag to complete the look. A natural palette works best with earthy brown tones, khaki greens and autumnal yellows.

Barbour Vintage Quilt Jacket In Merlot £119.00

Missguided Laurie Premium Tartan Coat with Fur Collar £48.99

Mango Kate Tweed Car Coat, £39.99

Missguided Messeka Studded Tweed Shorts £22.99

Missguided cable knit khaki jumper £18.99

Office Dallas Chelsea Boot Brown Leather £70.00


New Year’s Eve

End the season to sparkle doing exactly that! Sequins, glitter, diamonds and gems anticipate the excitement of the New Year as well as celebrating all that has passed. Jewel tones – sapphire, ruby, and emerald are interesting alternatives to the classic black, gold and silver. Metallics are more gentle, yet just as dazzling option. Choose one key piece whether a dress, top or shoes and let it speak for itself, with minimal accessories which are best kept in nude shades.

Miss Selfridge Stud Sequin Maxi Dress £75.00

Miss Selfridge Embellished Fishtail Dress £95.00

Topshop Nail polish (in stardust) £6.50

Oasis Gold Glitter hardcase clutch £30

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