Last minute festive outfit SOS
'Tis the season to need a million sparkly outfits and, if you're in the midst of a wardrobe crisis and it's far too late to order online, we've rounded up our favourite party wear to nab near you.
It’s all about combining maximum impact with wearability so, whatever your budget, you don’t have to splurge on an outfit you’ll wear once, only for it languish at the back of the wardrobe for the rest of the year. Here are our top picks for festive clobber you can wear again and again.
LADY IN RED
This luxurious cotton velvet dress by Kitri is giving all the Vampire’s Wife vibes without the horrifying price tag and it’s sooo gorgeously Christmassy too. Perfect for the theatre, dinner date or glamming it up on Christmas Day. Available from Flannels at Rushden Lakes.
Leather and pleather trousers are de rigueur these days and we love the not-too clingy mum style of these faux leather ones from AGOLDE. Pair with a sequin top, rock t-shirt or cashmere sweater depending on whether you’re heading for cocktails, a house party or a gathering at the local gastro pub. Available from Thackerays Woman in Northampton.
You can’t go wrong with a bit of animal print and we are loving this on-trend, billowing sleeved, rust coloured version by Fabienne Chapot. Team with jeans and trainers or a pencil skirt and killer heals. From Berties boutique in Northampton.
We’ll be channelling Lily Collins’ and Florence Welch’s ultra-glamorous love-child in this perfect bronze jumpsuit from Ted Baker. We reckon the one-shoulder style will make it much easier when dashing to the ladies. Available from Robert Goddard, Rushden Lakes.
BACK IN BLACK
If black’s your safe, go-to shade, keep it chic and simple with this belted tuxedo-style satin jacket by Twinset giving us all the Parisenne feels. We reckon this would look gorgeous with some sequin trousers à la Muddy girl-crush du jour Claudia Winkleman. It’s a bit of an investment piece but utterly timeless. Available from Northampton boutique Berties.
TIME TO SHINE
Personally, I’d be wearing black opaques with this little number for a Christmas do, but go bare legged if you’re brave enough to go the full Carrie Bradshaw. And wouldn’t this look fab with clompy boots at a summer festival? See? Sequins are so versatile. Well worth the credit busting price-tag. This one is available from Flannels who have a store at Rushden Lakes.
YOU COM-PLEAT ME
It’s Christmas tree green, it’s silky and it’s swooshy. What more could a girl want in festive party wear? This Lauren by Ralph Lauren skirt looks effortlessly Meryl Streep paired with some knee-high block-heeled boots and and polo neck. Find yours at Robert Goddard, Rushden Lakes.
Even if you’re planning on spending the whole of Christmas day in your PJs, you can still channel a bit of Joan Collins with Mimosa in hand and these frivolous feather trimmed beauties by Sleeper. Available in a variety of colours from Thackerays Woman in Northampton.