Whether it’s a formal soiree, a cosy trip around the winter markets or the big day itself, having the perfect outfit can make Christmas all the more fun. Our guide offers plenty of inspiration…
A texture synonymous with winter, velvet will keep you warm without adding too much bulk to your silhouette. There is a huge selection to be had on the high street, but for the party season, we recommend sticking to warm and luxurious jewel tones, perfect for dressing up plainer pieces.
Stick to one velvet piece and pair with lighter, brighter colours and glitter to keep the look fun and festive. Opt for elasticated styles to ensure comfort—there’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable during the festivities.
Outfit 1: Marks and Spencer Top and Skirt, Simply Be Heels, Topshop Earrings
Outfit 2: Warehouse Dress, Joanie Clothing Bag, Primark Boots
Outfit 3: ASOS hairslide, Zara Jumper, Warehouse Skirt
All that glitters
Is there any better time of the year to don some sparkle? Glitter doesn’t have to be all little black dresses and endless shedding—choose a more elegant lurex fabric or opt for 80s style embellishments to stay on-trend.
If you’re looking for something more daytime appropriate, consider layering your glitter item with more subdued knits, roll necks and leather—all classic winter pieces that will add a touch of practicality to the party.
Outfit 1: Oasis Jumper, And Other Stories Skirt, H&M Bag, River Island Heels
Outfit 2: H&M Roll Neck, New Look Dress, Zara Heels
Outfit 3: Topshop Dress, Accessorize Bag, Urban Outfitters Heels
If you’re not a fan of fuss, a jumpsuit can be a great option for the festive season—just one item and you’re done!
All three of our chosen styles look great on their own but also hold the possibility of some fun colour blocking.
Statement earrings and clutches modernize the look, and will still be wearable come springtime. Bold, dangling styles look wonderful with an updo, a sophisticated alternative to the traditional party look.
Outfit 1: New Look Jumpsuit, John Lewis Heels
Outfit 2: Dorothy Perkins Jumpsuit, H&M Earrings, Dorothy Perkins Heels
Outfit 3: Topshop Jumpsuit, Accessorize Bag
An on-trend play on the Art Deco Trend, these looks would be a great fit for a formal ball or dinner. Think elegant silhouettes, rich colours and sumptuous attention to detail, all designed to create a look of decadence and celebration.
When shopping art deco, look for high necks, flared sleeves and beading—all hallmarks of the Gatsby look.
Outfit 1: Karen Millen Dress, Office Heels
Outfit 2: Topshop Shrug, Topshop jeans, Office Heels, H&M Earrings
Outfit 3: Calvin Klein Coat, Warehouse Dress
Perfect for low-key gatherings or days spent picking up last-minute gifts, you can’t go wrong with a novelty Christmas sweater. Gone are the days are cheesy prints and itchy bobbles, we love the array of subtler styles available in various stores.
While these jumpers pair perfectly with a pyjama bottom for a cosy day inside, they can also be easily dressed up with a tailored trouser, patent skirt or more glamorous glitter.
Don’t forget the accessories either—Rudolph antlers will suit everyone in the family.
Outfit 1: New Look Earrings, Primark Jumper, Dorothy Perkins Skirt, And Other Stories Heels
Outfit 2: Evans Jumper, Topshop Trousers, Superga Trainers, Topshop Earrings
Outfit 3: Chinto & Parker Jumper, Marks & Spencer Skirt, Debenhams Heels, Accessorize Antlers