By this time next week the presents we have spent ages planning, buying and stressing about (not to mention working/saving for!!!) will have been ripped from their wrapping paper hopefully to joyous applause – well we can but hope!! – and it will all be over for another year! But hopefully you’ll still have lots of festive fun to look forward to as I regard the whole period up to New Year as ‘Christmas’ and drag it out for as long as possible.
If you’d like some further outfit inspiration for the many gatherings that bring us together with friends and family at this time of year, here’s part 2 of my top 10 festive outfits. All outfits I’ve posted in this and the previous post are genuine outfits from my wardrobe; put together using pieces I already own, with a few new items thrown in to create an updated outfit/look.
A statement top (and jeans/skinnies)
Back in the noughties, I remember the going-out outfit of choice used to be ‘a nice top and jeans’. This used to be the general response to the question ‘what are you wearing tonight?’ A statement top and jeans is again back in vogue and works for so many occasions as you can va-voom it up as much as you please with statement accessories depending on how dressy you want to be. I am wearing my statement top (Wallis – current, but sold out) here with pleather leggings (FandF Clothing at Tesco) which are a fabulous alternative to jeans.
Sequins are a massive feature on the festive scene this year and these sequin trousers from Kitty Rose are just brilliant to wear. The key to wearing sequins is to pair them with something simple, so the ideal combination is a plain black cami top and blazer which give the trousers centre stage. Whist sequins are ideal for a night out, especially where are dance floor is involved, they can also be worn casually and look fab with trainers and a chunky knit.
A floral maxi dress
A departure from sequins for the festive season, is a frivolous floral dress. I love the full length, long-sleeved, 70s-inspired dresses that are around right now. I spotted this Monki one in store last month and since ordered it via ASOS. A maxi dress like this would suit a dinner date, a family gathering or a trip to the theatre and it can be worn with spikey heels, chunky boots or elegant sock boots – it’s actually more versatile than you may think, especially as you can play around with the pussy bow and tie it according to your mood and the occasion!
A post on festive outfits would not be complete without including jumpsuits – still one of my most favoured go-to party outfits. I love the simplicity of a jumpsuit and as long as they are easy to get-in-and-out-of, they are the best one-stop outfit choice. Elegant, chic but still edgy – a jumpsuit is a great investment, especially in a classic cut, as it will not date and can be worn to so many events. Jumpsuits suit many shapes and can be really flattering. Wrap-around or cross-over fronts provide great shaping and also disguise a wobbly tummy. I chose this one from a collaboration with Krisp – it’s got extra nice sleeve details (now sold out).
To complete the trio (we’ve had sequin dress and trousers so far), the final addition to my list of top 10 festive outfits is a sequin skirt. I have worn this pink sequin skirt more this season than ever before. Rather than go full-on sparkles, I like to wear this skirt with a simple satin shirt (from ASOS). It’s a great lunch outfit. I have already written a post entirely dedicated to sequin skirts here, so I won’t waffle on too much more about them…