Friday, 7 December 2012

Blogmas Day 7 - Feature: What to wear at Christmas

Christmas is a time for giving but it’s also a time to get all dressed up and look your best so we’ve put together a little guide to help you navigate Christmas with greater ease, to help you out with what to wear for Christmas with the folks, the perfect looks for the office Christmas party and a gift guide to make sure that you’re in everybody’s good books this festive season.

What to wear

So; the notorious Christmas party - you’ve probably been talking about it since November and planning your outfit since the beginning of December, it’s going to be bigger than Elton John’s Oscar party and Puff Daddy’s White party all rolled into one. It’s important to gage the tone of the occasion; you don’t want to turn up in a backless, floor-length rhinestone embellished gown to a casual affair, meanwhile you don’t want to rock up in chucks and skinny jeans to a sit-down three course meal! So here are a couple of dos and don’ts for nailing your ideal Christmas look.

Going for a dress? Choose a festive colour such as red or green to stay in the festive mood, dark wintery colours are always a good choice and look fantastic teamed with bright accessories such as a statement necklace and some drop earrings. Choose something ladylike, especially for a work do, nothing says unprofessional like a hemline that’s five inches too short!

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For something a little more casual why not dress up a pencil skirt with a pair of killer chunky heels and a metallic jumper, gold and silver are brilliant Christmas colours and will make any outfit pop. Whether you wear a dress or bold patterned trousers your Christmas party go-to item which you should never forget is the statement clutch; perfect for carrying all of your party essentials like your lipstick, mobile and your cash. The statement clutch is more than just practical; it can tie together an outfit; match your clutch to your dress or add a touch off sparkle with an embellished clutch or alternatively why not add a bit of an edge to a dressed up look with a cool studded clutch.

To make sure your face looks as good as your outfit make sure you have your Yule tide beauty regime all planned out. Don’t forget to use a decent primer to make sure your make up stays put into the wee hours, or for as long as you do! A matching foundation is key and is really creates a perfect base for the rest of your make up.

For a Christmas date why not opt for a wintery rosy cheek and natural eye makeup? For the office party be more adventurous and try a dramatic smoky eye or match your eye-shadow to your outfit, alternatively if you don’t fancy going all out with your eye make up a Christmas crimson red lip is a fantastic substitute although if you’re planning on getting any wear near the mistletoe then make sure it doesn’t smudge, use a lip coat to seal your lipstick and avoid any embarrassing red faces!

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Christmas day; the day we’ve been waiting for all year long, what’s your tradition? Up at the crack of dawn with your hands already fumbling for your stocking, a lie in after a late night, bucks fizz for breakfast with the family? Whatever it is you do on Christmas day make sure you’re looking fantastic in the perfect Yule tide outfit. You can’t go wrong in a fantastically festive Christmas jumper, after all that’s what they’re made for.  Find a brilliant selection of Christmassy themed jumpers online at ASOS or for something a little more special then look to brands such as 3.1 Philip Lim, Marc Jacobs and Maison Martin Margiela for a designer Christmas jumper to die for. Make sure you don’t forget to wrap up warm too if you’re planning on going on a Christmas day walk; scarf, hat and gloves will be an essential, why not go for a matching set to really tie your outfit together?

What to buy

If you’re already thinking about Christmas shopping or you’re already half way through this gift guide should help you find that perfect present, even for that person who has everything.

Christmas Gift Guide

1. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle perfume 35ml - £45.50 –
2. Hanky Panky Chai Boyfriend Short - £27 –
3. Love Actually - £7.75 –
4. Swallow Pattern Collar by Cleo Ferin - £30 –
5. Moschino iPhone case - £35 –
6. LancĂ´me Lipstick in Rouge Hypnotique - £21 –
7. Diptyque Roses perfume scented candle - £35 –
8. Esmie – Blue Blossom Notebook - £19.95 –
9. Marc By Marc Jacobs leopard print beauty bag - £50 –
10. We Had Everything cushion by Rob Ryan - £46.53 –

So there you have it a comprehensive guide to what to wear and a couple of helpful ideas of Christmas gifts for this year to make the festive period more special than ever! Hopefully everything this Christmas will go to plan and if we’re really lucky maybe we’ll even have a white Christmas!

This blog post was written free of charge by Lucinda Bounsall, fashion writer at

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