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Glamour at Christmas

Wednesday, 6th December, 2017 5:59pm

Now that it’s finally December, I feel like I can spend from now until January chatting happily and with wild abandon about Christmas.
Sorry to all you Christmas haters. What better way to get in the mood than to give a festive fashion talk at the Opera Lane and Dreaming Always event held in the Docklands last Saturday?

As the stylist and personal shopper on Opera Lane, I love getting the chance to collaborate with Leona and Nessa from the Dreaming Always blog to create beautiful events in stylish locations which bring together a host of inspiring women.

It was a suitably crisp winter morning, which seemed like perfect conditions to chat about everything from Christmas Day looks, party glamour with a few gift ideas for guys and the kids thrown into the mix.

There are so many layers and things to consider with the Christmas day outfit. I’ve never cooked a festive feast in my life, so when I picked these looks I had prosecco cocktails at 11am in mind, but if you’re going to be cooking up a storm on Christmas Day, then an apron and lots of layers to take off when the kitchen heats up are a must.

I always spend the morning and earlier half of the day looking reasonably glam and as I begin to expand from all the chocolate Kimberleys, and my clothes start causing me actual physical pain, I switch to the pjs.

When it comes to leisure wear, I can’t cope with a fleece as it’s just too warm, so I’ve got my eye on some light, star print cotton pjs from Gap this year.

I’ve already picked up my Christmas Day look and will be wearing a grey dress with gold star print from the New Look Premium range. It’s got a full tulle skirt and somewhat thin spaghetti straps which I wouldn’t be that fond of, but my solution is to layer with a gold, fine knit from Topshop and star print belt so that it looks like a top and skirt. Problem solved and my top half doesn’t look quite so bare.

I’ve also seen lots of gorgeous little dresses like a black velvet dress from River Island with a dramatic white collar. Easy to wear and plenty of room to move with your expanding tummy.

Our social calendars are already choc a bloc with lots of parties and some winter weddings, but there are always one or two gatherings that take us by surprise, so it’s very handy to have a few go to party bits in the wardrobe to take the stres out of the part season.

Festive fun isn’t all about the sparkle (even though I do love a sequin) and you can easily bring the glam with luxe fabrics and textures like velvet and silk. There’s plenty of metallics and monochrome out there, but if that isn’t your thing, you can easily make an impact with colour and I’ve spotted some fab and flattering block colour dresses in River Island which you can style up with accessories and that all important faux fur.

I know we’re all in a tizzy trying to find the perfect gift for our loved ones, but I find the gift of clothing or accessories are always appreciated, or maybe thats just me. I spotted some great coats and scarves and gloves sets that would ensure the men in your life are always looking their best and for the youngsters in the family, I’m obsessed with cute festive dress up costumes. My favourite is a Christmas tree dress from H&M which I absolutely wish came in my size.

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