Your Coffee Break’s Holiday Dress Guide
As the festive season approaches there are boundless things to consider. What presents to buy, which decorations to hang around the house and of course what to wear for the merry-go-round of celebratory drinks, parties and the big day. Dressing for multiple occasions can be daunting but with a little forward planning and smart shopping, you can ensure you look your most fabulous this Christmas.
The LBD is a reliable go to but with so many fabulous dresses on offer there is no time like the present to branch out and try something new. Lace and sequins are tried and tested festive favourites but metallics and jacquards fabrics are great alternatives for giving a touch of shimmer and texture to a look.
Get the ultimate work drinks outfit. Follow our guide, left as clock-wise:
Outfit 3: Zara Moccasins, £25.99, Available at Zara, LK Bennett Clutch Bagm £185, Vivienne Westwood Earrings, £80, PPB Dress £49 Available at Pret-a-Portobello, Lena Erziak Clutch £1015 Available at Avenue 32, Bionda Castana Boots £495 Available at Avenue 32.
If glittering dresses are not quite your style there are a host of eveningwear options on offer this season. Jumpsuits have the ease of a dress in that they are a one-piece outfit but with a relaxed, glamorous feel. Team a slouchy silk version with your highest heels and a statement necklace for an easy sophisticated look. If staving off the cold is your prerogative then why not team silk sweatshirt with a beaded skirt or luxe jacquard trousers and big earrings or a statement cuff. This look will keep you both covered up and stylish.
This is the season for sparkle and bling so choosing accessories is always a joy. Jewelled necklaces and chandelier earrings will beautifully merchandise up even the simplest of outfits whilst a bold clutch with help pull together an outfit. High heels are always an enduring favourite, be they jewel hued courts or striking black sandals but there are also wonderful bejewelled kitten heels to be had, perfect paired with a cute short dress and a touch of insouciance.
Your Coffee Break’s guide to dressing for Christmas Day. Left as clock-wise:
Outfit 1: Bernstock Speirs Beanie Hat, £85 Available at Liberty, Lulu Frost Earrings £65 Available at Whistles, Quiz Jumper £34.99 Available at Quiz Clothing, Reiss Skinny Belt, £45 Available at Reiss, J Brand Skinny Jean, £245, Available at Donna Ida, Reiss Chelsea Boot £169 Available at Reiss.
Outfit 2: Eugenia Kim Hat £230 Available at Liberty, Topshop Jumper £50 Available at Topshop, Phillipe Audibert Cuff £120 Available at Net-A-Porter, All Saints Skirt £188 Available at All Saints, Topshop Ankle Socks, £3.50, Available at Topshop, & Other Stories Shoe Boots, £95, Available at & Other Stories.
Outfit 3: Alex Monroe Earrings, £150, Available at Liberty, Ted Baker Jumper, £129, Available at Ted Baker, Michael Kors Watch, £499, Available at ASOS, Topshop Trousers, £50, & Other Stories Shoes, £45.
As for Christmas day itself, there is not better time to indulge in the luxe sports trend. A printed slouchy sweatshirt (or even your favourite festive jumper) teamed with red jeans and a few cocktail rings will keep you looking fabulous whilst leaving you comfortable enough to enjoy your Christmas dinner.
And last but not least do not discount the importance of an appropriate coat. Invest in a chic evening coat or jacket to see you through the season; biker jackets or blazers look effortless thrown over girlie dresses. For a more slick look choose a tailored boyfriend coat. Sleek fur stoles will add a touch of golden age Hollywood glam, as will soft leather gloves, keeping you both classy and toasty.
Our guide to sparkle like a star and rock any NYE party. Left as clock-wise:
Outfit 3: TK Maxx Dress, £69.99, Available in selected TK Maxx Stores, Faux Fur Coat from Unreal Fur, Oscar De La Renta Earrings, £350, Available at Net-A-Porter, Jimmy Choo Sandals, £360, Available at Net-A-Porter.
By: Rosa Hoskins and Gina Brar