Ah, December, the month when you’ll dust down your trusty LBD for the office Christmas party, when you’ll dash from work in your oldest work suit to catch your little ones in their nativity play and when you’ll throw on some jeans and a vaguely smart top to meet up with the girls. December can be a very stressful month for many, and thinking about what to wear can be an added complication. Often, we end up heading out to the many festive events of December feeling far less confident than we could. But this December, I’m putting my image consultant fairy godmother wings on and showing you exactly how to nail 5 Christmas looks.
1. The office party
Forget your tried and tested black dress this year, it’s time to try something new. Shimmer and glitter were all over the catwalks for Autumn Winter 17. Julien Macdonald’s AW17 collection featured some delicious dresses, and almost every single one had a liberal application of sparkle. Some women can shy away from anything that draws attention to them but shimmer can work to accentuate the bits that you’re proud of. When I work with women on their image, I put together looks that work for not only their lifestyle but their specific shape.
2. The nativity play
Racing from work to make the 6 o clock showing can mean that you’re still in your work attire, however that doesn’t have to mean settling for dull. The suit is back in a big way for AW17, but forget baggy styles the new suit is all about showcasing your waist with a very feminine silhouette. Think slim fitting trousers, jackets with nipped in waists and all accompanied with a band on trend enormous bag.
3. Catch up with the girls
Chances are that your friends think you’re surgically attached to your jeans as that’s the only thing they ever see you in! This festive season, ring the changes by embracing the leather trend, and that doesn’t only mean in jackets. Hermès showcased gorgeous soft leather trousers teamed with feminine blouses, and even dresses were reinvented in butter soft leather.
4. Christmas day
To my mind, Christmas day should be all about colour and two of the most popular colours this season are 40s blue, a gorgeous muted cornflower blue that is redolent of the post war era as well as festive red. Dresses are back in a big way, so why not nail two trends at once with a dress in red or blue? And if you’re short on inspiration or time, I can put together looks that work for your budget, accessing pieces from designer to high street- then all you need do is click to buy the looks you like!
5. Cosy night in
A cosy night in doesn’t have to mean shapeless and baggy. Comfort is great, but it is perfectly possible to achieve comfort and understated elegance at the same time. Texture is another big trend this year, and a dinner-date at home is the ideal time to try it out. Think gorgeous, tactile fabrics that feel lovely and look great too.