Clever Christmas Dressing

Cult Gaia Gathered Velvet Bag, £318 reduced to £222 . & Other Stories Midi Slip Dress, £79Mango Natural Pearl Earrings, £15.99

In the spirit of not buying things you don’t need and wading into some very un-HO-HO-HO debt this time of year, Christmas dressing is about shopping smart. It’s mixing your favourite jeans with new Christmas shoes and pairing a slinky party dress with your beloved chunky knitwear.

I really enjoy dressing up on Christmas day. It makes me feel like this isn’t a regular roast I am whipping up and gets me in a right festive mood. This year I am making my wardrobe season proof with pieces that I’ll wear well past the 25th. For me, that means carefully selecting items that can be dressed up or down easily. Accessories are my friend right now. A good bag and shoe goes a long way to updating an outfit or feeling like you’ve made an effort. And I can’t get enough of a big, slouchy men’s jumper to top off anything too glam.

So shop clever and steer clear of the lure of the spangly mini dress. Instead take some of these festive gems and style them with what’s already in your wardrobe.

A sequin polo dressed down with your favourite jeans

& Other Stories Sequin Turtleneck £59

Style with blue jeans and a sky high sandal

The slinky satin slip with a slouchy knit

& Other Stories Midi Slip Dress, £79

Throw on a chunky jumper over a slip or satin skirt to dress this look down.

These velvet mules with a classic cashmere jumper 

Mango Velvet Knot Sandals, £35.99

Style with a men’s cashmere turtleneck and jeans

This trouser suit made funky 

Mango Structured Suit Blazer £59.99 and trousers £49.99

Style with your trusty sliders or some white trainers and then one or all of the accessories below

These accessories will elevate any and all of your Christmas outfits

Cult Gaia Gathered Velvet Bag, £318 reduced to £222 . Shrimps Antonia beaded hairclip, £75 .  Métier Round Emerald Gold Stacking Ring, £170Mango Natural Pearl Earrings, £15.99 . Free People Bow Scrunchie, £15

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