We are fast approaching the busiest time of year in our social calendars and the task of choosing an outfit is far from a walk in the park.  Whatever our individual traditions, it’s always a bonus to pick something that heralds this exciting time of year with family and friends.   It will not be hard to find something a little glitzy and glamourous this year… the Christmas Dressing challenge is finding something suitable when you have a number of events lined up!

Whatever you do, it is essential to incorporate some sparkle this season oh and don’t forget the opulent velvet, standout sequins and metallic finishes on everything!

I am an advocate of choosing outfits that offer real flexibility so I opt for pieces that can mix and match with others, and that preferably stand the test of time.

Here are some of my favourites this season:

Sequin Bardot Top - Marks and SpencerThe Sparkly Top that you can wear at home with jeans or easily paired for an evening out with smart trousers, skirt and a simple clutch.  Nothing says Christmas quite like sequins and can be found on dresses and tops alike.

Don’t forget the embellished shoes that you will see in a variety of stores this Winter.  Remember of course that they will not withstand much wet weather nor snow, if we are dreaming of a white Christmas!

Just a point, consider that striking footwear becomes the statement so you may want to keep your clothing fairly neutral in style.

Florentine Jumpsuit - Phase Eight

A  jumpsuit is a great alternative to a dress or separates.   They tend to be very flattering for most body shapes.  Depending upon the occasion, they are an easy item to dress up or down – flat pumps for a party at home and heels for a party elsewhere.

I love the feel appeal of velvet which looks great on for a luxurious party look – I particularly like the wide leg trousers with a floaty feminine top taking you effortlessly from Christmas drinks to Christmas Day.

Velvet Talored Trousers - Karen MillenDon’t forget to wrap up this season so look out for the variety of faux fur hats, scarves and wraps.

Whether you are looking for a single item, a full outfit or an accessory to enhance your look, I do hope that this selection has provided some inspiration for the festive season ahead.

For some further inspiration for Christmas Dressing, please take a peek at my Christmas Sparkle Pinterest Board here.

If you hurry you may still catch some price reductions in the pre-Christmas sales.

When choosing your perfect party outfit – don’t forget the importance of your lingerie.  Apart from the obvious fact that lingerie can make or break an outfit (yes it’s that important!) it is the basis for your clothing, the foundation that helps your clothing to hang well.

If however you need some guidance as to the colours that best suit you or the styles that suit your body shape, lifestyle and personality, I would love to hear from you.  Did you know that I also offer vouchers for my services?  You may wish to put them on your list for Santa.

Some practical advice before I sign off…..don’t be tempted to cook the Christmas lunch in any new item of clothing – you don’t want to risk any spillage on its first outing!

If I don’t hear from you, may I take this opportunity of wishing you a very wonderful Christmastime and I wish you all that sparkles.

Stylishly Yours

Jackie Crawford

Independent Image Consultant

07494 644788

Photo credits: Marks & Spencer (Sparkly Top), Phase Eight (Florentine Jumpsuit), Karen Millen (Velvet Tailored Blazer)