Imagery by Kayleigh Gresty Photography
Tis’ the season to be jolly, la la la la, la la la.
My favourite time of year is now in full swing and I have already indulged in one too many mulled wines, mince pies and even roast dinners. This time of year just makes me so incredibly happy and I love the social aspect that accompanies it. With blogging my social calendar has really busy this year, but Christmas month itself has just got out of control. For these events and occasions all I have been thinking about is my outfits, and as I am not feeling quite like me at the moment in my figure, it has been quite difficult to muster outfits together. I have also had such a lack of enthusiasm when it comes to high street shopping. In my view the shops just haven’t really been up to much recently, and it is so hard to find appropriate pieces for the occasion.
At Christmas I want to feel utterly fabulous in my going out clothes. It is the one time of year when it is sociably appropriate to wear as much sparkle, glitter and sequins as you want, looking like a factory just exploded all over you.
In need of a little motivation and advice for my Christmas wardrobe, I took to Instagram stories and asked where everyone is shopping this year. I always stray to Zara, H&M and New Look for my everyday wardrobe as it is a safe option and I can always find what I need. However for evening wear, they are never my first choice. I need to add a little more variety of brands to my wardrobe and generally have more knowledge of where to shop for the best evening pieces. Brands that came up a lot in the responses included ‘Silk and Fred’, Whistles and Oasis. I thought I would put a post together about some of the pieces I found, as well as the style I think look incredible at Christmas time.
Florals have always been one of my favourite looks, particularly in the Spring. They are feminine, beautiful and as long as they are styled correctly, can really make an outfit. Transitioning into Autumn Winter I was really trying to keep my love of florals alive, so shopped around for a variety of looks that incorporated this look into styles fit for the season. I bought this skater dress last year, when velvet was a very big trend. Up until this month, I have not yet had a chance to get this dress out the wardrobe, but have now realised how versatile it really is. It has worked perfectly as a daytime look with tights and boots, as well as in the evening with a pair of chunky heels. The florals and the velvet work perfectly as a Christmas look.
Dress from New Look (similar).
A Little Shimmer…
I have been on the hunt for a Christmas glittery dress for a very long time, and finally found one that I love from Silk and Fred. This was a first purchase for me from Silk and Fred and I was very impressed. They stock a variety of different brands and have a very large selection to choose from. I chose a black sequin dress as personally I need black if I am going to be able to pull off a textured piece, especially if it is quite short. This particular dress had a very low cut back, which I always love for the extra touch of glamour, as well as V-neck front perfect to accessorize. My best tips for pulling of a sequin dress include being very careful with your choice of colour and length, as well as the positioning of the sequins. This is very based on you and your figure, for example, I have a very hourglass figure so I always need a darker colour to flatter my waist and hips better.
The biggest trend of Autumn Winter so far, and I am definitely bringing it into my festive wardrobe. I fell in love with this dress whilst shopping in Malaga a few weeks ago, and knew it would be perfect for all the Christmas outings I was going to have this month. Not just for the evening but the day too. I have loved teaming it with a pair of heels and my GG belt in the evening, and then the next day with tights and a big chunky coat. Leopard is definitely a trend that I hope stays around for a little while!
The Little Black Dress
A classic look for the majority of the year. A little black dress has always been my go to, and the one featured in this post has been my Christmas go to for the last two years. I love the intricate detail of the neckline and dainty sleeves, as well as ruffled texture of the skirt. It is a look that can’t really go wrong and will always be a great option for a festive night out. Zara always has an amazing range, as well as H&M, Topshop and obviously Asos. The trick is to find a style that suits you best, which for me is more of a fitted pencil dress, as well as a length that you feel comfortable in whilst also wearing heels.
One of my favourite evening looks ever is silk. I have never worn or tried to pull off a silk look before, purely because I didn’t think I was old enough! It is a very sexy fabric, that I did not think my grandmother would appreciate before I hit my 20s! My biggest fashion icon, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, was the first person I ever saw officially pulling off silk and since seeing her red carpet style I have always been completely obsessed. This black Topshop dress was worn by one of my favourite fashion bloggers a few weeks ago and I instantly swiped up and pressed buy. I absolutely love it and I feel so amazing when I put it on, particularly with a sparkly choker and my Valentinos. Silk is a very special fabric, that can only be pulled off for very special occasions.
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