Christmas sparkle

by Lauren Posada

Leaving the Durham bubble, for many of us, means leaving behind the wellies and the gilets. The Christmas holidays are a time of eating and partying, and therefore contrasting fashion, from warm wool jumpers to sequin embedded dresses.

In first considering the practicality aspect of winter fashion and taking into account the freezing temperatures Britain has been accustomed to over the past years, the Christmas-inspired wool jumpers that line our favourite high street stores are a must have! Be it the cutest print you can find (preferably featuring a penguin) or the vintage retro design, a winter jumper will go a long way in the coming months. Be careful to check the material as wool undoubtedly keeps you warmer than acrylic, which, let’s be honest, the high street prefers.

Take a cue from the boys’ department? Topman Reindeer Pattern Jumper, £38.00:

Similarly, we are witnessing the overhaul of winter hats. It appears the animal kingdom has entered our winter accessories with a vengeance. Cute panda-inspired hats can be spotted everywhere!

Panda hat on Etsy (available in all sizes), £12.70

Leaving behind practicality we move to the worlds of the fauxs: faux fur and faux leather are huge this winter, but keep the print simple and you will nail this trend. Black or brown faux fur coats teamed with either the skater inspired leather skirt or the faux leather leggings, along with embellished boots are sure to have you crowned as a fashionista. Leather and faux fur are transferrable from day to night, simply team your outfit with a pair of eye catching glitter covered shoes, see Kurt Gieger for inspiration.

ASOS Faux Fur Lapel Collar, £149:

Antibes Carvela Kurt Geiger in Gold, £75:

More fun is to be had with your outfit for Christmas parties and New Year kiss. Jacquard high-waisted skirts are understated. Yet, the effect is still glamorous when teamed with a simple top, so as not to detract, but to go the extra mile dazzle with statement eyes or rouge lips (never both). If you’re someone who prefers dresses, there is a style to suit all tastes. The classic sequin covered dress is back year after year, providing to be the Christmas holiday essential. Likewise, we are witnessing the persistence of the maxi dress from summer. However, be sure to ditch the prints and go for a plain black or burgundy. If preferring the shorter option, but uncomfortable in skin-tight dresses, then there is the option of the jacquard skater dress. Use inspiration from Ted Baker’s current collection.

Ted Baker Skater Jacquard Dress, £149:

In terms of accessories, the bolder the better. Statement jewel-studded necklaces can brighten any Little Black Dress. Keep the clutch bags small, but eye-catching. For this winter, forget your plain black patent clutch that has assisted you in countless Durham formals. Instead, opt for a sequin-covered one.

If we could dream, this is what would be on our minds, Kate Spade Kaleidoball Encrusted Statement Necklace: £172:

What is certain is that the Christmas holiday season is not only a season to be jolly, but also a season to be incredibly stylish, be it at home enjoying dinner with the family or out under the spotlight of the big and bright city.

Photographs: all from their respective sites, main images from Fashion Salade and preview from The Cherry Blossom Girl.

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