November 30, 2020

WHAT TO WEAR FOR CHRISTMAS – 2020 STYLE

If it were anytime prior to Christmas 2020 we would be fast approaching the busiest time of year in our social calendars.  The task of choosing our party outfit would have been high on our agenda!  What to wear  for Christmas - 2020 style may look a little different.

With a global pandemic to contend with, partying may not be top priority.   However it is still an opportunity to wriggle out of our leisurewear in favour of something  a little more special.  We still want to feel good, right?

You may not be heading far and the party atmosphere may be more subdued this year so selecting something that lifts our mood is a good start.  How about opting for something a little more glitzy and glamorous?  Remember the power our clothes have to make us feel good?

Ready to Party at Home?

So what to wear for Christmas - 2020 style when we may not even be heading out of the door?

I am an advocate of choosing outfits that offer real flexibility so opting for pieces that can mix and match with others is a good strategy.  Despite the year we have all experienced, it is still essential to incorporate some sparkle this season.  So don’t forget the opulent velvet and standout sequins.  Here are some of my favourites this season:

Dark Green Sparkle Top by Whistles

The Sparkly Top that you can wear at home with jeans or easily paired for an evening out with smart trousers or a skirt.  Although this year, a sparkle in the trouser department is bang on trend.

TOP TIP: If you are the Christmas Chef, only dress your bottom half whilst you are doing the ‘messy’ bits, then all you have to do is change your top.  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!

 

Amy Embellished Flats by Boden

Don’t forget the embellished shoes that add some daytime glamour.  If you are heading out, remember of course that they will not withstand much wet weather nor snow, if we are dreaming of a white Christmas!

Nothing says Christmas quite like sequins and can be found on dresses and tops alike and will become wardrobe staples for year after year!

 

 

Nancy Velvet Top by Boden

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

A Jumpsuit is a great alternative to a dress or separates – one piece and you’re done!   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 ‘bubble party’ elsewhere.

What if I am heading out!

So (if like a friend of mine) you are planning a special celebration that includes a country walk to a cosy pub, I recommend a toasty knee length skirt or trousers and jumper combo with a fab pair of opaque tights.  Your outdoor boots can then be switched to a smarter pair when you arrive.  Equally a jumpsuit tucked into wellies is another option with a change of footwear at the end.

Don’t forget to wrap up this season so look out for the variety of faux fur hats, scarves and wraps.

Any when you are ready to cosy up?

At the end of the day, returning to the cosy and comfortable in a favourite pair of PJ’s and slippers Hygge style, is a choice you can easily make.

Hopefully you are more clued up about what to wear for Christmas - 2020 style but for some further inspiration, take a peek at my Christmas Sparkle Pinterest Board here.  Do hurry if you wish catch some price reductions in the pre-Christmas sales.  It's also worth remembering the smaller boutiques and independents will really appreciate our support this year.

If you’ve been following my ‘live’ #SustainableStrides series over on Facebook, you will remember me speaking of the feel good factor associated with choosing clothes more sustainably.  This could be wearing and re-purposing the clothes we already have in our wardrobe or selecting new pieces from manufacturers and brands - transparent with their sustainable credentials.   If we choose our clothing carefully for Christmas, these special items will come out year after year.  Read more here.

Do get in touch if you'd like to learn more about 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 GIFT VOUCHERS for my services?  You might wish to pop one on your list for Santa.

May I take this opportunity of wishing you a very Jolly Careful Christmas and wish you all that sparkles.

Stylishly Yours

Jackie Crawford

07494 644788

November 25, 2019

DRESSING FOR THE PARTY SEASON

We are fast approaching the busiest time of year in our social calendars.  The task of choosing an outfit is far from a walk in the park.  Let me help you with dressing for the party season.

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 glamorous this year.  The challenge is finding something suitable when you have a number of events lined up!

I love the feel appeal of velvet which looks great on for a luxurious party look – I particularly like wide leg trousers with a fitted and feminine top taking you effortlessly from Christmas drinks to Christmas Day.  Whatever you do, it is essential to incorporate some sparkle this season just don’t forget the opulent velvet and standout sequins.

I am an advocate of choosing outfits that offer real flexibility throughout the year so I opt for pieces that can mix and match with others.

Here are some of my dressing for the party season favourites:

Photo Credit Phase Eight

Phase Eight Stardust wrap blouse

The SPARKLY TOP that you can wear at home with jeans or easily paired for an evening out with smart trousers or a skirt.  This wrap style is great for disguising a heavier bust and also for those wishing to hide a tummy, look for tops with ruching around the tummy area.  Finding a colourful top will also create an impact drawing the eye upwards.

 

 

 

Photo credit Joe Browns Velvet Bow Shoes

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

 

 

 

 

Photo credit Next Sequin Front Sweatshirt

Nothing says Christmas quite like SEQUINS and can be found on dresses and tops alike.  However these carry a post-christmas warning - if hand-washing is not an option for you, choose a finish that allows for machine washing.  It will spend more time in the wash basket than on your back and for all sorts of reasons, we want to avoid that.

 

 

Photo credit Boden Clarissa Jumpsuit

Boden Clarissa Jumpsui

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.

 

 

Wrap up this season - look out for the variety of faux fur hats, a lovely trilby or colourful scarf and wrap.

Before you purchase, do consider what your wardrobe needs for the season.  If you already have a sparkly top, consider buying a pair of velvet trousers or leather skirt that will provide and entirely new look.  Choosing clothes you feel comfortable in means that you will be happy to wear them for longer.

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 dressing for the party season.

If however you need some guidance as to the colours that best suit you or the styles that flatter your body shape, I would love to hear from you.

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a party season of good cheer and all that sparkles.

Stylishly Yours

Jackie Crawford

November 30, 2018

DRESSING FOR THE PARTY SEASON

The busiest time of year in our social calendars is almost upon us and for some, the task of dressing for the party season can be stressful particularly at this expensive time of year.

Photo credit: Moda in Pelle Katiybag Rose Gold Satin

What if .......this year you decided to 'shop your wardrobe' and instead wear an existing outfit in a different way?   How does that sound for you?  Changing your footwear or accessories in a brighter or more vibrant colour is a far cheaper alternative.  If you are mindful about your choice, these items can be used throughout the year and not simply for weddings and parties!   Just think about the 'cost per wear' by investing in those items you wear more often.

 

 

I am an advocate of choosing outfits that offer wardrobe flexibility so it is best to opt for pieces that can mix and match with others.

Whatever your choice, try to incorporate some sparkle this season and don't forget the opulent velvet and standout sequins.

If your mind is made up however and a new outfit is on the cards for you, 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 glamorous this year… the challenge is finding something suitable when you have a number of events lined up!

Here are some of my favourites this season:

Photo credit: Damsel in a Dress Fraya Foil Jersey Top

The Sparkly Top that you can wear at home with jeans or easily paired for an evening out with smart trousers or a skirt.  Nothing says Christmas quite like sequins and can be found on dresses and tops alike.

 

 

There is a clutch bag to match too!

Photo credit:  Moda in Pelle Ilari Fuschia Suede. 

 

 

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!

There is a matching clutch bag too!

 

Photo credit: Hobbs Vera Jumpsuit

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 or 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.

Don’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.

Remember all clothing requires a good foundation!  Lingerie can make or break an outfit and the basis for your clothing - it helps your clothing hang beautifully.

If however you need some guidance with the colours to help you sparkle and dress for the party season this Christmas or the styles suit your body shape, lifestyle and personality, I'd love to hear from you.

May I take this opportunity of wishing you a very Merry Christmas and wish you a festive season that sparkles.

Stylishly Yours

Jackie Crawford

November 28, 2017

CHRISTMAS DRESSING

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)

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