Statement Shoes For Spring

Since returning to work from a semi-maternity leave six months ago I have rediscovered the joys of shoes!

I’ve always been an accessories girl; bags and shoes in particular have always caught my eye. However, since I’ve had children I unsurprisingly spend very little time in heels and most of my life in trainers. Don’t get me wrong, I love my trainers. They’re comfy and practical and I have a nice collection of fun, colourful kicks that are perfect for the school run or playing in the park.

When I’m working though I do like to elevate my outfits with a statement shoe. Whether that’s a leopard print flat or a bright, bold heel like these from Mint Velvet.

I bought these on a complete whim and was so pleased I trusted my gut. I always advise my clients to shop with a list, to only buy items when they meet certain criteria etc. However… sometimes you just have to buy the shoes!

Since purchasing these little beauties I’ve found myself drawn to bright, statement footwear. It’s a great way to add a touch of quirkiness to your outfit without breaking the bank, as well as incorporating the latest trends in a really easy way. Shoes this season come in a range of hues and with a variety of embellishments; from frills/ruffles to pom poms, studs, buckles and everything in-between.

Footwear is a great way to have inject some personality into an outfit and have a little fun. Here are a few ideas as a starter for ten…

Pink Lianna Chunky Strap Mule

 

 

Jezebel Frill Stud Heel Sandals

Office Fuzzy Pom Pom Lace Up Trainers

 

Leather Mules with Frill

 

Top two images photographed by Emily Bailey Photography.

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SPRING STYLE – THE BLAZER

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In my opinion a blazer is a staple item for most women’s wardrobes. They’re timeless, chic and so very versatile.

I have to admit, I don’t get to wear this little off-white number very often, which is probably why I chose to shoot it for this post. The lighter shade is perfect for warmer months but sadly not practical with two young children running around so I wear this for work or when I’m out for a ‘grown-up’ lunch/dinner (no sticky fingers in sight!)

Whichever colour palette you fall into, there is a shade of White to suit everyone. It may be a Soft White, Cream or Ivory. For my colouring, lighter shades need to be worn with something contrasting, hence the deep navy cami I’ve styled it with here.

As a Spring staple I style my blazers in all sorts of ways. The more structured silhouette looks great in contrast to the relaxed fit of boyfriend/girlfriend jeans and heels for a smart/casual look. I also love mine with skinnies (what a shocker!), skirts and over jumpsuits/dresses. Opting for one that has darting at the back (as this one does) will give your silhouette a lovely shape (and emphasise your waist).

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A blazer in a darker, neutral tone (charcoal, navy etc.) will give it more of an outerwear feel, making it great as a substitute for a heavy coat on those days that have a chill in the air. Just add some accessories (scarf, statement necklace) or put lighter layers underneath (a tee and a soft denim shirt for example).

Also, with blazers in colours that are a more practical shade than white (!) I love to dress them down with jeans and trainers to give an everyday look at slightly more polished edge.

I’ve created a plethora of style inspo over on Pinterest to give you some ideas on how to style your blazer this Spring. Take a look here.

Photography by Emily Bailey.

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Spring Style – The Coatigan

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A couple of weeks ago a Facebook follower and client of mine messaged me to ask for my advice on how to stay warm in Spring whilst still looking ‘Spring-like’ (and not cover up the gorgeous tops that start to surface at this time of year).

Today’s post is the first in a series looking at my top Spring outerwear picks. As you may have guessed, the coatigan is the first in the spotlight, simply because it is the one I reach for most at this time of year.

A couple of years ago I purchased my first coatigan and I haven’t looked back since, my collection has grown to include different colours and lengths but this Samsoe & Samsoe one is my all time favourites.

 

Its a bit of a departure from my usual style and I think that is why I like it so much. The colours instantly make it feel appropriate for Spring, but it has enough weight to it to keep me really warm on chillier days. I love it with yellow (such a happy colour), as well as red, navy, black and white. Despite the boldness of the print it is actually really versatile. I always par down the rest of my outfit when I wear it though; this coatigan is always the ‘hero’ so I let it do the talking and keep everything else simple.

Here are my top tips if you fancy adding a coatigan to your wardrobe this Spring…

  1. The style of coatigans is generally more relaxed, so if you prefer structured and tailored then it probably isn’t for you. I have gone against the general guidelines I use for dressing my body shape here, its not a style to ‘show off’ my waist or emphasize my curves and that’s fine, as long as we know we’re breaking the rules it’s all good 😉
  2. Go neutral (charcoal, navy, stone etc.) or go bold. A neutral shade is great for versatility as you can add lots of accent colours underneath however I do love a bold coatigan that makes a bit of a statement (as you may have guessed!)
  3. If you’re petite beware of this style; it may overwhelm your frame. Opt for an oversized cardigan instead to emulate the look in a way that works for you.
  4. If you’re grand in scale (I’m 5’11”) then go for a big, bold print if you like. The taller you are the larger the print you can go for so embrace it and have fun!
  5. Play with textures. I love chunky knits with leather trousers and silk camisole tops – soooo gorgeous and add a touch of sass to an otherwise everyday outfit.

This Samsoe & Samsoe coatigan is around a year old now but I’ve linked some others below that you may like to try (just click the pictures to be taken straight to buy):

Lina Cardi, Hush, £95 – the Brown Sugar colour is perfect for those of you who fall into the Soft colour category and is a great neutral piece for Spring.

 

Circle Knit Cardigan, Anthropologie £138 – LOVE this! If you’re Warm or Clear & Warm, snap this up and wear with Dark Navy underneath. Gorgeous!

 

Textured Knit Cardigan, Cos £79 – green is the colour of the season and this more structured style will appeal to those of you who fall into the Classic or City Chic style categories. Also available in Navy if the green isn’t your taste/colour.

 

Photography by Emily Bailey.

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Say Hello To Violet

Social media is a huge part of many of our live’s these days and I am no different. My go-to platform is most definitely Instagram. I love how visual and creative it is and have found new friends, discovered new brands and been inspired by so many of the people I’ve connected with on there.

A few weeks back an Instagram feed for a new store in Harrogate caught my eye. As I scrolled through their page I was immediately enticed by the beautiful clothes and warm, friendly tone that came across on their posts. I knew I had to find out more.

Violet, 14 Cheltenham Mount, Harrogate

A couple of Insta-messages and a rainy car journey later I met with Sara, the owner of Violet, over a lovely brew in her gorgeous store. Sara’s idea for Violet was born out of her own experience of seeking out premium clothing, that fits, flatters and is made beautifully, but sold at accessible prices. This idea immediately struck a chord with me. As I’ve got older I have learnt the real value in paying a little more for certain investment items as the workmanship and quality really is second-to-none.

In today’s post Sara tells us a little more about Violet…

Sara – owner of Violet, Harrogate

The story behind Violet…

I have always loved fashion and design and following a career in financial management and fashion retail, I saw a gap in the market for a store offering a premium shopping experience in luxurious surroundings and providing the kind of personal customer service that is often lacking on the high street.

Shopping should be a positive and fun experience. I work very hard to give an honest, friendly and knowledgeable service. The stock I hold is hand picked to reflect the season’s trends and are pieces that I would love to have in my own wardrobe.

Taking the leap..

I truly believe that access to fabulous cuts, fabrics and designs should be available to us all and mixing luxury label pre-owned pieces in with basic items can create a much more interesting and long lasting wardrobe. The existing outlets offering pre-owned clothing just weren’t offering the kind of environment that I would want to spend any time in – there had to be a better way!

Finding inspiration..

I love Instagram! I follow fashion editors, bloggers, designers, tastemakers…I’m pretty obsessed generally with good design!

I’m really interested in street style fashion – I find it exciting, evolving and inspiring. There are no rules and I like that. I’m not a rigid rules kind of person!

Sara’s style

Relaxed and a mix of high/low, for example, a great pair of worn-in boyfriend Levis with a mans shirt, rolled up sleeves and a pair of Gucci low heels. Or, my staple leather bike trousers with a kitten heel or trainers, a slogan tee and a Stella McCartney blazer.

Favourite SS17 trend…

Pyjama dressing. Its a trend thats been around for a couple of seasons now and is perfect for trans-seasonal dressing. A slouchy PJ style top with boyfriend jeans and a trench is my Spring go-to look.

Visit Violet at 14 Cheltenham Mount, Harrogate and check out Violet‘s Instagram here.
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Age is an Attitude

Me circa 1984.

Me circa 1984.

This weekend I will turn the ripe old age of 35 – I’ll be firmly in my mid-thiries and I’m not bothered about it one little bit.

Now, I know that 35 is not old. I don’t feel old, I don’t look old (I hope!), but it does feel like a bit of a milestone. However, my biggest fear is not ageing – I know I’ll get wrinkles and grey hairs (already have quite a few) and my body will change (more on that in another blog post), and that’s fine. Its inevitable so there really is no point in worrying about it or going to extreme lengths to try and prevent it.

My biggest fear is acting ‘old’ and dressing ‘old’.

I often hear the phrase ‘Am I too old for this?’ from some of my clients, particularly those over 40, who think that being a particular age means they have to dress a certain way (or not, as the case may be). My answer is; if you feel great in it, then NO, you’re not too ‘old’ for it!

For me, age is an attitude; are you a ‘young’ 40/50/60 year old, or an ‘old’ 40/50/60 year old? Dress for your attitude, dress for your personality, dress for YOU! Don’t let age dictate anything with regards to your style; it should be fun and the minute we start to put constraints on what we can and can’t wear (whatever the reason) it isn’t fun. In my view, as long as we’re choosing fabrics, colours and styles that fit and flatter us, and (most importantly) make us feel fabulous, nothing else really matters.

As I get older I find myself dressing more for me and less for the approval of others. I’m becoming more daring, a little bolder and more experimental – it’s so liberating and fun and I can only see my ‘don’t give a damn’ attitude becoming more dominant as I get older. I want to have fun with my clothes, I want to feel good and I certainly don’t intend to slide into a wardrobe of bland colours, sensible shoes and modest hemlines as the years tick by.

As long as I feel great, and like the way I dress, I really don’t mind what others may think.

For many years I have looked to two people regularly for sartorial inspiration; Olivia Palermo and Iris Apfel. In the course of writing this post I started to think more about what I find so inspiriting and appealing about the way these two women dress. You may think the two of them couldn’t be more different, for starters they are separated in age by 65 years. However, when I took a step back, I realised their approach to dressing is actually very similar and in-keeping with my own sense of style.

They both…

  • Accessorise (have you ever seen either of them without a statement ring, earring, necklace or bag?)
  • Wear colour (and lots of it usually)
  • Mix patterns
  • Lead the pack, rather than follow it

Their dress sense may not be to everyone’s taste, but there is no denying they always exude an air of confidence and as a result, they always look amazing.

When I hear Olivia Palermo say things like “I always like to play a lot with colour. Colour is great.” I know we’re kindred spirits and as for Iris Apfel, well I’ll leave you with these wise words…

“There’s no road map to style. It’s about self expression and, above all, attitude.” ~ Iris Apfel

So ladies, go out and rock whatever outfit you choose to wear, whatever your age, whatever your dress size and whatever the occasion! I certainly will be this weekend and on every birthday celebration to follow!

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Making A Statement

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There are some items that, once you’ve seen them, you just know they’re coming home with you. This coat was one of those items.

I’d gone into Attic Womenswear for an entirely different reason, not knowing at the time that my wardrobe was missing an electric blue cocoon coat, but oh my it was!

The gorgeous vibrant blue colour winked out at me from the rails and I tried it on ‘just to see’, and…it was love at first site. I adore everything about this coat – the colour, the shape and the warmth it offers. It’s the perfect piece of outerwear to take me into Spring, but because it’s so cosy, with lots of room for layers, I can happily wear it now.

I have to admit, once I got it home I faltered slightly because it is bright and as someone who typically doesn’t like to stand out too much from the crowd, it was out of  my comfort zone. Having said that, it still felt very much in-keeping with my personal style and fitted with my style mantra* so even though I felt a little self-conscious the first time I wore it, I went for it, and I’m so glad I did. It really elevates my everyday wear; throwing it over a striped top, jeans and boots instantly makes me feel more dressed ‘up’ and polished. In the past I’ve always been one to opt for neutral outerwear that I then add pops to with accessories but I think I may be expanding my statement coat collection soon, I’m a convert!

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Make A Statement

My top tip if you fancy taking the plunge with a bright coat or jacket it to make sure it is in a colour from your palette as this will guarantee it’ll look good next to your skin. Make sure its one of your favourite shades so you don’t fall out of love with it a few months down the line (lots of people love to opt for a shade of red, which is a very powerful, passionate colour and one I’m liking for my next statement coat purchase).

The shape of my coat isn’t designed to show off or flatter my figure, the cocoon shape is what I call a ‘current classic’ – the shape is very popular at the moment but will never go out of style completely, so its a safe bet to make an investment in. Before I decided to purchase I considered what I could wear this with and on what occasions it would be appropriate to wear it – always do your fashion maths (cost per wear) before taking the plunge as you don’t want something sitting in your wardrobe that never gets worn.

Finally, how does it make you feel? This coat puts a smile on my face when I wear it, I stand taller and feel fab in it. All your clothes should elicit positive feelings from you when you wear them. Accept nothing less!

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* a style mantra is a phrase or set of words that I give my clients to express their personal style (how they want to look and feel when they dress), it comes out of understanding what suits, flatters and fits you best and knowing what type of image you want to present to the world. To discover your own style mantra book in for a full image makeover or style consultation over at www.imagebyannaelizabeth.com

I’m wearing…

Coat – Samsone & Samsoe

Top – Great Plains

Jeans – Waven

Boots – Mint Velvet

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Changing shapes…

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As anyone who has children will know, they change everything – in ways that you could never possibly have imagined. Until you have children you can’t really comprehend it, and even now, almost five years after having my first child, I’m still adjusting to life as a Mum.

Another thing I’m still adjusting to is my new ‘figure’ (if you can all it that). I haven’t quite accepted that it will never be the same again, but despite regular exercise and healthy eating I’m still not back to my pre-baby body (or anywhere near it for that matter). Sometimes it bothers me that my once flat stomach now has a distinct roundness to it, other times I simply look at my two babies in amazement and feel blessed and grateful that my body was able to grow and birth them so efficiently. It’s pretty mind-blowing when you think about it.

However mind-blowing and amazing having children is, it doesn’t change the fact that I’m currently carrying a ‘muffin top’ and whilst I’m in the process of reducing it, I am having to dress cleverly to hide it in the meantime. As I see a lot of new Mums for style consultations who want help with dressing their new shape I thought I would share some of my top tips here so if you too are facing a similar ‘changing shape’ situation you can get a few tips on how to still look and feel your fabulous best, no matter what your shape, size or stage of weight loss journey you may be at!

1. Go High Rise

I was a slave to the low-cut skinny jean pre-baby but post-baby, oh my! NOT a good look. Not only are low-rise jeans less than ideal when you spend your day bending to pick up your baby or crawling on the floor to play with them, they also allow nowhere for a little weight gain to hide! Enter the high rise jean. I can’t tell you how comfortable high rise jeans are! They are also super-flattering as they smooth out all the lumps and bumps. I’m a complete convert. I urge you to give them a try, I doubt you’ll ever go back to any other rise afterwards.

I basically live in this pair these days.

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2. Good Foundations

Now we’re not talking corsets here, but a good foundation layer goes a long, long way. I typically now always way a foundation layer underneath everything (I’m also always cold so this helps me keep toasty too!) I’m obsessed with the base layers from Hope Fashion and have their long sleeve scoop tops in every colour. They are comfortable, breathable, warm and just feel like they’re smoothing everything out beautifully. I also love their foundation skirts for an alternative look to jeans which is still super-comfy and practical (they come in two lengths so you can opt for whichever is best for you).

If you decide to invest in some items from Hope (and I highly recommend that you do!), enter code STYLE32 at checkout to receive 10% off your next order!

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3. Layers

At this time of year layering is an ideal and practical way of hiding any lumps and bumps (also perfect if you’re breastfeeding for easy, discreet access). A look I’ve been wearing a lot lately is a tee or vest with a denim shirt and chunky knit cardigan over the top. It keeps everything covered, its warm (you see a theme here, I like to be warm!) and I love the look of layering. My current fave denim shirt is this little number.

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4. Don’t Hide

Rather than swamping your frame in oversized clothes to try and hide your figure, think instead of drawing attention to the parts you DO like. Wear colour and patterns, accessories etc. on your top half if you’re conscious of your bottom half – that way when people look at you their eyes will be drawn upwards to where all the action is! Wear dark shades on your lower half but keep things fitted – wearing clothes that are too big for you or don’t fit properly will only make you look bigger than you are. Treat yourself to some properly fitting items, even if you only plan to wear them for a short time whilst you lose your baby weight, you deserve to look and feel fabulous whatever your current shape or size may be. Embrace it, enjoy it and rock it!

 

New Year, New Style, Same Wardrobe

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Wearing Hush parka, H&M knit & Maison Scotch jeans.

A lot of my clients get in touch because they have found themselves in something of a style ‘rut’. They feel like they wear the same uniform day-in-day-out and want to shake things up a bit. It’s a challenge I love to take on and for me the most satisfying part of the process is seeing the ‘light bulb’ moment when the information I pass on about dressing in the right colours, selecting clothes that fit and flatter and portraying an image that is reflective of who that person is, all clicks into place. Then follows the excitement about all the new clothes that person usually feels they ‘must’ go out and buy.

However, this is the bit where I might surprise you… you don’t necessarily need a whole new wardrobe of clothes to change up your style.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m a personal stylist, I LIVE for shopping, it’s my life blood and I couldn’t do without my regular fix of retail therapy. However, I’m also a huge advocate of the ‘less is more’ approach and I certainly don’t buy clothes for the sake of it. I buy items that fill a gap in my wardrobe, all most of my purchases are considered and fit within my current collection so they can be worn immediately, without having to make further purchases of things to ‘go’ with them.

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ShoeBiz Copenhagen biker boots

This month I’ve challenged myself to really switch up my style ‘uniform’ which of late has basically been a variation of the outfit you see here – biker boots, jeans, chunky knit, parka… and repeat. This outfit is easy, comfy, warm, I feel good in it. However, its become all I’ve worn over the festive period (its also great for hiding the holiday podge!) and its time to get a bit of variety going. At the same time though, I’ve also pledged not to buy anything for the month of January. In fact, I don’t intend to make any Autumn/Winter purchases now, instead I’m going to wear what I already have in as many ways as I possibly can.

This means digging out the skirts and dresses that I’ve been shunning in favour of jeans, layering up cardigans and blouses rather than just throwing on a chunky knit and getting back into wearing my scarves and necklaces. Initially it’ll feel like a bit of an effort, but I know that once I start to make more of an effort I will soon get back into my groove and it’ll become second nature once more.

Here are some steps you can take if you fancy taking on this challenge too…

1. Organise your wardrobe

If you receive my monthly newsletter (which you can sign up to on my homepage here) you’ll have seen my top tips on decluttering your wardrobe. It’s such a cleansing process and I guarantee that once you’ve done it you will feel like a new woman! You can take a look at the results of a recent wardrobe detox session I performed for one of my clients on my Facebook page here.

2. Put your accessories where you can see them

If possible have your scarves on a hat stand or hooks wherever you get dressed and pop one on before you leave the house. A scarf is a great way to inject some colour into your look and can make your outfit look instantly more glamorous and pulled together (they also offer a little extra warmth which I’m always grateful for as I’m ALWAYS cold!)

3. Get a style mantra

What do you want to say with your clothes? What image do you wish to portray to the rest of the world? ‘Just rolled out of bed‘ is unlikely to be top of mind. I always encourage my clients to develop their own style mantra, which can then act as a mental ‘check’ before they leave the house. For example, you may want to look colourful, bold and fun or, stylish, elegant and effortless. Say whatever your chosen mantra is in your head as you asses your outfit in a full length mirror, are you hitting the mark?

4. Plan ahead

I have two children under the age of 5 so the time I have each morning to consider what I’m going to wear is approximately 3.5 seconds. Generally speaking I decide what I’m going to wear the night before, particularly if I’m working the next day. I want to look my best and I’m not ashamed to say, it takes time! So give yourself that time, it’ll probably only take a few minutes, decide what you’re wearing the next day, make sure it’s clean/ironed and the next morning will be that little less chaotic as a result. Winner!

5. Experiment

Last but not least experiment with your wardrobe. Approach it like you would clothes in a shop. Select an item that you’d like to wear and then look at all the possible items that might work with it. Try things on, layer, accessorise, even if you don’t think it’ll look right, try it anyway – you might be surprised or it might spark another idea. Look at your clothes as if you’ve just seen them for the first time and get creative! I promise, you’ll have so many more outfits in there than you’d ever have thought!

I’ll be sharing how I get on over on my social media channels so do connect with me on Facebook and Instagram and please share how you’re doing too! I love to see your outfits and hear your feedback!

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Be Seen In Green

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Every year Pantone selects a shade that they feel symbolises what is happening in our local culture.

For 2017 that shade is Greenery, a gorgeous yellow-green colour that I LOVE! I’m so pleased they’ve chosen a shade of green; often the colour that Pantone picks for the year then flows through everything from fashion to interiors, so expect to see a lot of it in coming months!

When I see clients for colour consultations we always discuss what colours they wear a lot of and green is NEVER mentioned (black, blue and grey are the most popular choices!), for some reason its just not a colour that people wear a lot of. I think this is such a shame as not only is it incredibly flattering (providing you choose the right shade), it also has such positive associations.

Greens can be really versatile and look great with a variety of other shades, it’s the colour of life, renewal and energy and it symbolises freshness. So it seems fitting to have green as the topic of my first post in this fresh new year!

If you already have some green in your wardrobe then there are a multitude of shades you can wear it with depending on your colour category and style personality. Navy, cream, turquoise, yellow (primrose in particular looks so pretty with this shade of green) – the list goes on!

Don’t have any green? Then consider getting an item in this colour, even if it’s just an accessory (a bag, bracelet or earrings are all subtle ways to incorporate colour and instantly update your look very inexpensively).

Make 2017 your year to be colourful!

Remember, the key is to ensure you select the right shade – Greenery might not work for your colour characteristics, but another shade of green might (you know where to find me if you need some help with this!)

GREEN COLOUR COMBINATIONS

In the picture at the top of this post you’ll see I’ve worn my green Cos top with a cream coat, quite a ‘safe’ colour combo for me. My all time favourite colour to wear with green is actually navy as a I feel it gives the colours more depth and warmth, for me black flattens the green a little and I prefer a softer contrast.

Below is a little montage to give you some inspiration for how you may like to wear your greens, if you’d like to see more head on over to my Pinterest page here.

All images sourced on Pinterest.

All images sourced on Pinterest.

 

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I’m Dreaming of a Chic Christmas…

If you follow me on social media, or have followed my blog for a while, then you’ll know I LOVE Christmas!

This year I’ve managed to be reasonably organised with my Christmas shopping (mostly done online, so much easier as I just get distracted by all the shiny things if I go into stores!) and this has given me a little headspace to think about what outfit I’ll be sporting on the 25th.

This time last year I had an 8 week old baby and no clothes that actually fit me, so this year I figure I have a valid ‘excuse’ to treat myself to something new to see me through the festive season.

Christmas Day is usually quite a relaxed affair in our household and this year will be no different, however I do like to mark the occasion with an outfit that has a festive nod. Having said that, I want something that can be worn in the lead up to Christmas, on the day and afterwards too, i.e. it needs to be versatile and chic (no reindeer onesies here thanks!)

Here are a few inspo images and related items that I’m considering for the big day!

Sparkly Skirt + Lightweight Knit

Image via John Lewis Retail Instagram account

Image via John Lewis Retail Instagram account

Pleated skirts with a touch of sparkle are everywhere at the moment and its a look I love. However, a sleek pencil skirt is classically stylish and looks great adorned with sequins. This look is perfect if you have an inverted triangle body shape and have gorgeous flat hips/bottom that you want to show off!

As soon as I saw the above look on John Lewis’ Instagram account I fell in love and have ordered the different elements that make up the look! The skirt has the perfect amount of stretch to it and the grey knit is comfortable, lightweight and versatile, both elements can be styled and worn differently throughout the year meaning you get great cost per wear!

Buy the skirt here.

Buy the top here.

The Chic Christmas Jumper

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Oliver Bonas

Don’t get me wrong, a classic Christmas jumper, adorned with a Reindeer/Robin/Santa, in bright red or green, has its place and is loads of fun, but I want something I can wear more than once a year.

There are some great Christmas jumper options out there this year (check out Hush, Selfish Mother and John Lewis for some fab options). The jumper that has stolen my heart this season though is this gorgeous midnight blue ‘Make Believe’ option from Oliver Bonas. I plan on wearing it with a pleated skirt on Christmas Day and jeans/trainers in the New Year.

PJs All Day

Image courtesy of Sequins & Things

Image courtesy of Sequins & Things

If you prefer to keep it super-casual on Christmas Day then the choice of Christmas pyjamas is off the chart this year – they’re everywhere! We have a tradition in our house that everyone gets new Christmas PJs on 1st Dec, so we get maximum wear out of them in throughout December (truth be told, I wear mine way beyond Christmas!)

My advice – go super cosy and match your loved ones, it makes for the cutest family pics on Christmas morning!

Check out my top picks from Hush, Next and The White Company

I’d love to know, are you pyjamas all day or dressed up on Christmas Day?

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