The holiday season is a great time to push the sartorial boat out, and our resident super-stylist Danielle Griffiths is here to guide you through some effortlessly chic Christmas looks, perfect for the party season and beyond…
I read somewhere – If your hair and your shoes are sorted the rest just happens. Can’t remember who, may have been Iris Apfel. Either way, it makes a lot of sense – who doesn’t feel better when their hair is good and they are sporting a great pair of shoes? Which leads me to the Christmas party season: what on earth to wear?!
The options are nowadays open, anything goes – whether you want to be polished to the nines with a velvet suit (think Gucci - Tom Ford era); effortless chic, with beautiful layering (Gucci, this era); or just devil-may-care attitude with a jumper and skirt Alexa Chung-style, you can make this work. For me, velvet just nails it this season.
The thing about velvet is that it hangs really beautifully and looks – and feels – expensive. Have a look at Mango – the Yves dress is such a good option with a great splash of print and colour. Layer it with some beautiful jewellery. If I could afford it I would choose the charm necklace from Dezso by Sara Beltran, and in fact I don’t think I would ever take the jewellery off – the gems would work with anything.
As for heels, with Strictly coming to an end, have you noticed Louise Redknapp’s shoes? Have a look at Nueva Epoca, which are dancing shoes. They are much cheaper than the heels you really dream of and because they are incredibly well made, they won’t kill your feet like the cheaper high street version. Tip: head to your local cobblers and get a rubber sole put on, then you can wear them all day long. Team them with a pair of metallic socks - try these from Topshop – and away you go.
You want to be relaxed, but also look your best. You could try Fresh Prince style - with a velvet floral blazer by Magda Butrym as seen on Sunday Times Style magazine’s Pandora Sykes. Here Pandora has opted for a matching silk scarf and a pie-crust collared shirt, it just works beautifully.
Can’t afford Magda Butrym? Try this blazer from Asos – adding a fantastic pocket silk scarf from Furious Goose and silk ruffled blouse from H&M, you can always add some velvet with the Wade Boots from Archive by Alexa at M&S.
Going on a long festive walk? Don’t bother asking for a new hat and glove set, I would opt for a beautiful silk scarf preferably from Hermes…. Silk keeps you warm and you look less bulky than with a huge winter scarf – plus the static out there at the moment is awful, especially with man-made fibre products.
Finally, don’t forget your nails! Chanel’s Rouge Noir is still the colour of choice and works just as well in the day as it does at night.