That’s it. December’s here. The season of glad rags and mince pies is upon us, with all its glitterati and mulled wine to boot, while somewhere between Black Friday and the January sales, most of us have likely got a handful of Christmas social commitments to attend and dress up for.
Personally, and this is probably of little surprise to those of you reading this – but I’m not all that much of a party girl these days. Translation, I’m not one at all and haven’t been for the last decade. I rarely go out in the evening, and if I do it’s usually for dinner with friends. In fact, I genuinely can’t recall the last time I had a night out. As in out out. You know, the whole hog? That ends with a bag of chips at 3am.
And though I’m perfectly at peace with that, there’s something I really love about all the extra fizz and the festivities that December brings, heels and lippy at the ready! This is the one month of the year where I do get out more than usual. The one month where I will make the effort to cheers to this, and chin chin to that.
So when White Stuff invited me to collaborate for this style post, showcasing three of my favourite looks from their Christmas collection I was quietly pretty pleased, as my usual drill at this time of year is to invest in one dress, and to pull out a frock from bygone festive seasons for any do where there might be attendee duplicates.
As I was choosing what clothes to feature, it occurred to me that there must be other women out there just like me, who’d rather not dip into their pockets to buy an outfit for every single festive occasion…
So rather than show you three entirely different looks, I decided to stay true to myself and do this post in the way that I would shop for December.
I chose one skirt and styled it three alternative ways, with tops, footwear and accessories that are versatile and can happily team up with other outfits too.
I love pleated skirts a lot, and yet this is my very first one. The Edie Pleat Shimmer Skirt does not disappoint! I love it for its midnight blue hue, flattering shape and length and the swish it has when I walk.
I chose it as I felt it’s a skirt I’ll get loads of wear out of beyond the Christmas party season and can be dressed up or down accordingly.
This look was the most different for me, and the one which felt the most Christmassy! I don’t usually wear sparkle, in fact I don’t usually even consider it unless it’s in footwear. But I loved the ruby colour of this Galaxy V Neck Jumper so I ordered it on a whim (and before I could change my mind!), and you know what? I absolutely love it! It’s one of those situations where it shows that it pays to try things on that you might not ordinarily choose, as even if I’d seen this in store I probably wouldn’t have picked it up as I’d have thought it too glitzy for me.
My favourite features of the jumper are its slouchy style and the shade of red. It tucked nicely into the skirt, but I’ll definitely dress up a pair of jeans with this jumper too.
I wore it with the January Pointed Loafers, the gorgeously starry, soft nubuck leather Phoebe Medium Printed Pouch and White Stuff’s Patty Plain Tights. Now I wear tights all the time, and these are the business! So thick and warm. I’m wearing them in navy here, but I’ve since also ordered them in mustard and violet too!
I think this combo was my favourite, which was a surprise as when I selected the looks I really thought the third one would be.
The Dotty Sequin Top is understated and elegant, with just the right amount of festive glimmer, and teamed with these statement Ellen Velvet Block Heel Boots (which I LOVE!!) the look felt seamless and coordinated. As a side note, the boots are really comfy and cosy too!
Bag wise I went for the Small Cammy Nubuck Crossbody, as again I wanted something I’d use on repeat and not just for Christmas.
This outfit is definitely the one that is the most classically me and what I’d have chosen if I’d only been selecting one look. You just can’t beat a tee like this in my book that can be dressed up and down, but airs on the side of casual – which sometimes is what you need in these festive do situations when you’re not sure just how dressy everyone is going to be.
The Highland Stripe Jersey Tee is weekend wear at its best, but I still felt fancy when I paired it with the Edie Skirt and the January Pointed Loafers. Also the colours in the Phoebe Pouch matched the top beautifully.
This blog post is in collaboration with and sponsored by the brilliant White Stuff. I’ve really fallen in love with this brand this year. All photos words and opinions are as always, my own.
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