It’s that time of the year again….the Christmas party season is nearly upon us and to make up for last year’s muted celebrations I reckon there are going to be some serious festivities going on!
Which brings us to that age old question of ‘What the heck do I wear?!’
I’ve teamed up with Bristol-based personal stylist Lucy Eastment to bring you some deliciously delightful jewellery and outfit pairing ideas. Lucy has loads of experience helping her clients to understand their body shape and unique colour characteristics and her philosophy is all about style over fashion, rather than slavishly following the latest trends which is music to my ears!
Read on for her top five Christmas party outfit & jewellery picks...
1) The art of keeping it simple
If the thought of all those Christmas sparkles are enough to bring you out in a cold sweat, then don’t be afraid to keep it simple.
Lucy says “If a full festive sequin look is too much for you then wearing a classic white shirt (which lots of us already own) tucked into sequin trousers or an embellished skirt is a much more wearable outfit” This chic, but simple outfit only needs minimal accessories, but make them count with something big and bold like the Apollo statement earrings in polished recycled silver or gold plated silver.
2) She wore blue velvet (and a silver charm necklace)
For an altogether more low key look then try some sumptuous velvets to keep things glamourous, but understated. This flattering Blue velvet wrap style top would look gorgeous with the recycled silver gemstone charm necklace which features three dainty iolite, garnet and swiss blue topaz gemtones for just the right amount of festive sparkle. Lucy suggests pairing it with jeans & heels for a festive friends get together. Mulled cider anyone?
3) Minimalist masterclass
Looking for that killer New Year’s eve outfit? Then look no further. These bold, but understated gold plated ecosilver circle/triangle earrings are crying out for some power heels like the Valentino Rockstuds for a sexy minimalist look.
Lucy suggests looking at preloved sites such as Green Muse for similar designer pieces in excellent condition or brand new. Her advice for how to make the accessories stand out? “I’d keep the outfit neutral for a tonal look with the boldness of the cut out trend for a New Year’s Eve power party look”
Above: Fringe detail blazer dress, Karen Millen; Stuart Weitzman strappy heels, FarFetch with the large Nova hoops in recycled eco silver.
4) Classic with a twist
The Little Black Dress is a lot of women’s go to choice when it comes to party dressing and rightly so….it’s incredibly versatile and provides a great backdrop for your jewellery and accessories.
Lucy says “These ecosilver Large Nova hoops would look great with the masculinity of a blazer dress and the fringing adds on trend party fun! Add a red lippie or go heavy on the eyeliner Claudia Winkleman style".
These Nova hoop earrings are also available in gold plated silver come with a detachable charm too so are a brilliantly versatile jewellery investment as they can be worn as a plain hoop for a more casual daytime look.
Above: Velvet blazer, HURR Collective with the gold plated silver Rhea pendant
5) Suits you
If your festive outfit is only going to be worn very occasionally then why not look into hiring something instead of buying?
Lucy advises: “Renting your festive party outfit is a great option if it’s something you won’t get a lot of wear out of. A pink velvet suit is an eye catching luxe feeling outfit for a winter party".
The gold plated recycled silver Rhea pendant is the perfect jewellery choice for this luxurious fabric….the soft facets add some perfect subtle sparkle without being overwhelming.
I hope Lucy’s brilliant suggestions have given you some inspiration to shop our own wardrobe and experiment with some fabulous jewellery and outfit pairing this festive season. If you’d like to find out more about Lucy’s work and the styling services she offers then do check out her website www.styledbylucy.com and her Instagram page @styled_by_lucy
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