Party season is officially upon us as the month of sparkles, surprises and Santa has arrived. The countdown for Christmas has begun (whether the Scrooges out there like it or not) and I’m super excited to finish this term of uni, get my last minute shopping done and spend the rest of December drinking too much prosecco, eating too much buffet food and catching up with friends and family. Winter clothes are either snuggly warm or shimmery and glam and I’ve picked out my best finds of both to get through chilly days and fancy nights in the run up to the best day of the year.
1 – The Mohair Jumper. & Other Stories has been on my radar for a while now and they have the most beautiful knitwear selection. If you know me you’ll know I’m a bit extra in all walks of life, and that includes wearing bold colours. This mohair jumper is the most incred electric blue that I will happily invite into my wardrobe. The oversized style is slouchy and cool, and it would be as fab for cuddling up on the sofa watching Christmas films as it would be tucked into some straight leg jeans (enter number 7).
2 – The Glittery Clutch. Whistles is one of my favourite brands ever and the dreamiest place for investments. (They also know how to throw THE BEST sales ever so keep a watch out for their post Christmas ones). I’ve always eyed up their signature clutch bags but never quite decided on which one to get – until now. This funky festive silver bag will easily dress up any outfit for Christmas parties with some shiny arm candy.
3 – The Jazzy Boots. I am so deeply in love with these incredible embroidered boots from Mango to the point where I’m considering selling half of my other clothes to buy them. The velvet fabric and moon and star design is wonderfully cosmic; capturing the magical essence of December style so well. Boots are my shoes of choice for nights out in colder months – they compliment longer, flowy dresses so well and add a touch of elegance to the classic jeans-and-a-nice-top combo that us girls know oh so well and the smaller heels mean there’s less chance of me toppling over and embarrassing myself.
4 – The Alternative Party Dress. Usually glitzy, sparkly dresses are the go-to for Christmas parties and I do love them, but with so many nights out planned over the coming weeks it’s nice to channel the festive vibes with a slightly different style and leave the sequins at home for a change. The classic cut and silk material of this Mango frock emits a vintage yuletide feel (and will keep you toasty with a longer skirt and full sleeves) and the quirky details add to its antique look; it nips in flatteringly at the waist and little buttons decorate the cuffs. The clashing plum and pink colours give stripes a Christmas update, meaning I can satisfy my obsession – plus it’s only £30!
5 – The Star Earrings. Statement earrings are my favourite simple way to jazz up any ensemble, day or night, with minimal effort – the bigger and tackier the better. These ASOS star hoops are on my Christmas list as a replacement for my usual hoops as a great way to show some sparkly cheer.
6 – The Ring-Pull Knit. The warmest way of layering this winter is with a snazzy ring-pull zip jumper. There’s something perennially cool about zip-front tops, and this Urban Outfitters style has nailed it with some retro stripes. It’s top of my list for pay-day after trying it on in store and almost throwing a tantrum because I had to leave without it (the very unglamorous reality of being a student).
7 – The Black Jeans. I’ve had enough of black skinny jeans. There, I said it. My faded Topshop ones just don’t cut it and I can’t seem to get on board with the stretchy material anymore. Proper, sturdy denim is what I want to invest in right now as my jeans collection grows and these straight-leg & Other Stories pair are exactly what I have in mind. I love the groovy yellow side panel and awkward bare-ankle look the length creates. Teamed with the mohair jumper, a long-length coat and some ankle boots this would be my staple winter silhouette.
8 – Vinyl of the month. For ultimate party tunes this winter I’ll have one of the greatest albums by Fleetwood Mac on repeat (in between all the Christmas music). Rumours has all you need for a chilled dance, with ‘Dreams’ and ‘The Chain’ being some of my all-time faves. It’s an album I’ve been playing increasingly recently and I think I fall a little bit more in love with the soothing lyrics and catchy seventies instrumentals each time.
Thanks for reading, I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and a fab new year.