I can’t believe I completely forgot to publish my last article with the College Tribune before the Christmas break. Here is my take on fashion must-haves this Christmas; just in case you’re feeling in need of a little treat 😉
1. Glitzy Dresses
From the 1st of November each year, every shop window is festooned with sequins, rich jewel tones, feathers and sparkles. Christmas glitz has become a massive annual trend, and who can resist the sumptuous, shimmery offerings from the likes of River Island and Miss Selfridge? Boohoo.com is going all out this year with its #Dressmas collection; replete with sequins, velvet, leather and lace, their dresses and separates just scream Christmas glamour.
Leather has been a huge trend this Autumn/Winter. Lending a masculine edge to daywear, it is equally suited to evening wear. The easiest way to do leather (real or fake, depending on your budget) is a pair of leather leggings teamed with a glitzy top – peplum being a flattering option – and knock-out heels. Topshop have a range of leather leggings, from wet-look to matte. This glamorous look is an interesting alternative to the aforementioned gúna.
3. Killer Heels
No party look is complete without a pair of statement heels. Your best friend at 10pm and your worst enemy by 3am, the killer heel is non-negotiable. The platform still reigns supreme, with New Look stocking sky-highs in an array of colours and materials. The elegant stiletto, a recently revived trend, will lend a touch of class to your outfit; Miss Selfridge has a variety drool over. Meanwhile, the pricey-but-oh-so-amazing Jeffrey Campbell boots are to be admired in Office.
4. Opulent Jewellery
A/W 2013 featured opulent jewellery, courtesy of design houses like Dolce & Gabbana, whose beautiful gold jewelled crowns epitomised winter accessorising. What better time than Christmas to deck oneself out in jewels? Get thee to Asos, where necklaces and earrings are adorned with sumptuous gemstones set in luxurious gold and silver, or you can embrace your inner eastern princess with a delicate hair crown. These show-stopping pieces are most befitting of the festive season.
5. Sophisticated Coat
There’s nothing like rocking up to Christmas Eve Mass in a toasty but stylish winter coat. This winter has seen two main coat trends; the masculine boyfriend coat and, once again, the parka. River Island scores fashion-points with its boxy oversized wool blazers, and its fur–trimmed parkas are a wardrobe staple for laid-back chic.
Who doesn’t love unwrapping a piece of arm-candy on Christmas morning? The ubiquitous clutch is another Christmas essential. Following jewellery trends, the key to clutches is embellishment and metallic. Asos’ jaw-droppingly gorgeous clutches are definitely the way to go this Christmas.
7. Christmas Jumper
Without a Christmas jumper, you might as well forget about the Twelve Pubs and stay at home. Although there are some garish sights each year (Penneys, raise your hand), it is entirely possible to find a jumper that balances festivity and fashion perfectly. Dunnes Stores has raised the bar this year, with this undeniably cute Paul Costello jumper.
8. Cosy Boots
A winter must-have; comfortable boots are essential when the temperature drops. Office’s winter boot collection shows how easy it is to blend comfort and style, no matter what you pair them with. Sturdy leather boots with a low heel are exactly what any fashion-forward woman needs.
9. Snuggly pyjamas
Pyjamas aren’t strictly fashionable, but you’ll wear them more than anything else, so why not have some cosy yet pretty nightwear? The onesie is your only man for those cold winter nights, and Boohoo.com has onesies a-plenty this Christmas (with 20% off to boot). Perfect for relaxing, eating Roses and watching Titanic.
Nice underwear is the best stocking-filler, even if it is from your mum. With a little bit of searching, some lovely lingerie sets can be found in beautiful winter colours and textures. Debenhams currently have lingerie on offer; grab some before it’s gone!
So that’s it! I’m really hoping to get to grips with some new articles in the New Year. I’ve really been enjoying writing for the fashion column because it ties into two big loves of mine; fashion and writing! I’d love any feedback on the articles so feel free to give me some constructive criticism in the comments!