Street Style: 10 ways to approach festive season dressing
1. For those who can't wait to bust out the Christmas jumper
It's that time of year again when we're forgiven for donning a festive sweater, but it can't hurt to do so in style. Take cues from the '90s with a pair of high-waisted straight-cut jeans, a bandana tied as a neck scarf, and the jumper worn off-shoulder — instantly more sultry and less dowdy.
2. For fans of themed dressing
Entertaining the thought of turning up to a party as Santa's Little Helper? Not the best idea, but have your cake and eat it too by picking one themed item — like a candy cane striped skirt — and reign it in with a leather jacket that exudes rebellious vibes.
3. For those who can't give up their denim
Denim addicts will attest to the difficulties of going cold turkey even just for a day. If you're not willing to pass up on your favourite fabric, just make sure that you've got the party going on up top with copious embellishments. Paillettes, beadwork and sequins are the best sort.
4. For fans of girly frocks
Those who adore a good frilly, taffeta frock — and not just on their daughters — will be glad to know that it's time to break out the girlish confections. Pare-back with a simple T-shirt and you'll have an ensemble that screams 'forever young' in the best way possible.
5. For those who treat corporate attire as their default get-up
There are some of us who have become so attuned to dressing for a job that we're a little lost when the corporate dress code gets dropped. The best way to work with what you've got in your wardrobe is to pick the least strait-laced outfit and mix it up with accessories. Spice up the otherwise predictable corporate outfit with quirky brooches or necklaces. Piling it on is key.
6. For those who appreciate the simplest method to dressing up
Who doesn't want to look stunning with minimal effort? Here's one for all you women who reach for a T-shirt and a pair of jeans every other day. To get into the festive mood, simply lop on a bold jacket with rich detailing to boot.
7. For those who can't get out of bed
It's a daily task that plagues us all. If you're one extreme that fills the stereotype of having to be dragged out of bed, dress up for the holidays in your comfiest garb. Choose a silk robe with pops of colour and you're ready to go from bed to bar. Of course, elevate it with trousers underneath.
8. For those who are rulebreakers at cocktail parties
Turn up to a cocktail party in a short empire-waisted dress and you'll look like every other girl decked in a short empire-waisted dress (read: Everyone). Summon your inner rebel and opt for a badass T-shirt and trainers instead, but go for gold by bringing on serious shine with a sequin-encrusted skirt. Did someone say life of the party?
9. For the ones that equate Christmas with crushed velvet
Soft with an oh-so alluring sheen, it's no surprise that velvet is one of those fabrics many have a weakness for. Come Christmas, all velvet lovers will pull out a flirty frock in the festive material — set yourself apart by choosing an oversized blazer worn sans top and a pair of loose-fit trousers. Ace.
10. For those looking to buck the trend at black tie events
Figure-hugging gowns, low-backs and floor-length slips — these are just some of the tried and tested ensembles you're guaranteed to run into at a black tie event. But, who said elegance is mutually exclusive with looking sharp and smart? Stick to the dress code with a skirt that approaches the ankle, but match it with a pussybow blouse instead of a predictable sleeveless top. Finish the ensemble with rich textural accessories like velvet heels and a statement topper.