Christmas Party Outfits

Tis' the season to pull out your party frocks, and dust off your dancing shoes, for the Christmas party marathon is well under way. From the dreaded work Christmas do, to the mulled wine bash that always gets a little out of hand, you are going to need something to wear. Read on below for our advice on looking your very best this Christmas time.

Alice & Olivia xxx

The Lunch Party

An early Christmas lunch with all your boyfriend's relatives, or a lunch with friends who are decidedly more 'grown-up' than you (they have a 2 year old, you have a dead pot plant), Boden and French Sole are your friends here try these trousers, this shirt and these pumps, and you'll look tidy and trendy, perfect.

The Work Christmas Party

This is easy in some ways, all your colleagues will be discussing their outfits weeks before so you'll be able to gauge the appropriate dress code. We say, as it's Christmas, go full on sequins, and pair with an appropriate level heel, you don't want to be staggering at the beginning of the night.

The Drinks Party

Pull out the stops for this one, first of all this may be the only chance to see the boy you fancy who is friend of a friend of a friend - he'll for sure be at this party. Dress up because it's a good excuse too, and because when everyone else sees you they'll wish they had made an effort too.  It's also the perfect time to wear that dress that's too smart for going out but not wedding-attire appropriate.

The Birthday Brunch

The selfish friend whose birthday is in December, I mean really, don't they know how many other Christmas social engagements are already in your diary?  However off to the birthday brunch you must go, and looking good is a must, particularly when you haven't seen them in a while. A wool skirt with over the knee boots and a cashmere sweater is cool yet v casual.

The Winter Wedding

It's happening, you're nearly 30 and your friends keep getting engaged.  It turns out the wedding season is a season that never ends, ever - May bank holiday, the middle of the week, Easter Sunday - there isn't a single day of the year that is safe, even New Years Eve has been hijacked. Photos will be taken, and put on Facebook whether you like or not, so outfit recycling is just not an option, and beware anything from Zara, the girl two pews behind you will be wearing it. You are however, almost refreshingly, allowed to wear black, so for that winter wedding, try this dress and a bespoke hat.

Christmas Day Outfit



It's important to make an effort on Christmas day, so plan ahead and make sure you pack something comfy yet chic.  It's the year of the metallic pleated skirt, we love it paired with a polo neck and ankle boots, and don't forget your Alex Monroe necklace and fun tights.

The Black Tie Party

Who even knows what 'Black Tie' means anymore, is it short, is it long, does it include jumpsuits and does it even matter? Really you can choose a dress you like provided it's not uber short / too revealing, and dress it up how you want, what fun. Any dress from Needle & Thread will do very nicely, and make sure you have a suitably snazzy clutch bag too.

New Years Eve Party

The big night of the year everyone dreads, WHAT to do for New Year (should celebrate, must celebrate), and certainly must look good. This year it's all about the glitter jumpsuit, surprisingly it works on most shapes, just pair with some magenta velvet block heels and your ready for 2018.

Words Alice Bray, Illustrations Olivia Dueser

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Master Of Disguise...


"In the regular world, Halloween is when children dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Girl World, Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it." (Mean Girls, 2004)

Halloween is also the one night where any fashionista can be extra bold and ridiculous — Zombie Miley Cyrus? Galactic Alien? Totally stylish. Regardless of the choice, personal style always comes in to play. Whilst some girls like to go for the sexy vamp vibes or the babalicious cat woman look, I go more for the 'Let's-see-how-much-of-a-twat-I-can-make-myself-look' kind of vibe - after all, giving yourself total free reign on fancy dress is just that more fun.

Striving to survive my unemployment status, I decided to give myself a little challenge...a twist on the usual Halloween outfit saga...I was not allowed to spend a penny (just call me a money-saving-expert), nor plan in advance. With probably too much time on my hands, I came up with the following:Team: Me, myself & I      Time:1 hour     Budget: £0.00     Costumes: 3 (1 made) & full make up    Photos: 3 per outfitWith only an hour to pull off what I thought was the near-impossible, the outcome was rather entertaining. It's amazing what you can find in your house, or in my case a ridiculously huge fancy dress closet (a result of my sister annihilating, or in her words "spring cleaning" my wardrobe over the Summer) which proved to be very useful...though I must say having so much choice did prove a little difficult, as it meant my options were almost endless and with it being a race against the clock, I did have a minor heart attack.The result: See below and judge for yourself...



3. 90s RAPPER

image14.jpeg Whilst I may not be the next winner on 'Project Runway', I did learn some important life skills and lessons:

  1. Dressing up is all about having fun and not taking yourself too seriously. Don't be afraid to show the world who you are, after all the world would be rather dull if we all looked the same, wouldn't it?!
  2. If you put your mind to it, anything is possible and I mean anything...
  3. You don't need to spend money to make an awesome costume - the kitchen, your cupboard, the bathroom - they are all your new best friends!

Olivia xxx

Frock me in Vintage Darling

Olivia 💁🏼

It is a truth universally acknowledged that women love to shop. Having packed my summer clothes away and preparing my wardrobe for Winter, I realised NOW is the perfect time to 'detox' and replenish it with new findings. Enlisting the help of my sister whose mantra is "honesty is the best policy", though I found her methods more akin to the likes of a Dictatorship, my wardrobe was fully 'cleansed' and my fancy dress cupboard now at full capacity...At first I was sad that my sister pretty much only liked 33.3% of my fashion but a few minutes later I had a flashbulb moment - I now had an excuse to re-invent my style and go on multiple shopping trips...after all it is muy importante that one looks good all the time, especially if you are single, like me, who needs to impress the male species at all times #husbandhunting...sad I know, but TRUE. Wallet in hand, gym clothes on (for ease of undressing) - I was ready to hit the vintage shops and style the new me..Vintage shopping can be daunting at the best of times, let alone when you are actually on the hunt for something advice, just go in with an open-mind and do not get overwhelmed by the multitudes of clothes...patience is key. I often find that you really need to hunt through the masses to find the golden item! After spending a solid half day perusing the vintage shops of Portobello, my credit card was maxxed out, calories were burned and I felt like I had not one one but many new styles and looks for the new and improved fashion-forward moi #winning #stylistaWith my newly gained self-confidence and feeling like I can rule the world like Beyoncé, I thought I would share some images of my new styles/finds with you:   We all have it in ourselves, to truly express ourselves. The above images are proof that vintage shopping can work, so long as you know exactly how and what to look for. To help you out with this and to make the most of your vintage excursion, I have devised the following tips for all you London gals out there:

  1. Do not dress to impress - wear shoes you can take off easily and gym clothes - changing rooms can often be scant and you do not want to waste ample time with changing.
  2. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - ask yourself, when I look at myself in the mirror, do I think 'Hot damn?!" If it looks like something you would wear on Halloween, then NO. But if you feel like a sexy chick, then YES.
  3. Ask yourself, "Is this modern?" - this may seem ironic, but the idea is to choose something that pushes fashion boundaries. After all, vintage dictates fashion trends.
  4.  It's ok to have a tailor - If something doesn't fit you perfectly, do not have a breakdown. Obviously, if you are going to have to bastardize the item or it is simply too small, NO - sorry to say it sweetheart, but you are not likely to loose the weight! But giving an item a renewed life through tailoring is A-OK!
  5. Do not be seduced by the label - Darling it may say 'Lacroix', however remember that, although we all love Eddie, you do not want to end up looking like her...Condition is key. Just because it's a fabulous designer does not mean you should buy it.
  6. Quality, not Quantity - Remember you have just cleansed your wardrobe, so having 10 new items is about as handy as Donald Trump...
  7. Have a Focus - Before you run out and start stocking up on everything from ’70s flares to fit and flare dresses from the ’40s, take a step back and really reflect. Think about what you’re most interested in and what era suits your style and body the most.
  8. Complement Your Style - If you style is mainly all black minimalism, then opt for a brightly coloured faux fur jacket or jumper. Opt for pieces that will complement your wardrobe and that can be integrated easily.

And just remember this:

Eddie: What do you see when you look in the mirror, darling?Patsy: Me looking fabulous.

(Patsy to Eddie in 'Absolutely Fabulous').

Ciao for now darlings,

Olivia xxx

 P.S. my top place to shop vintage in Notting Hill is Lime Green Bow - Clemmie Myers, the owner has a fabulous collection of one-of-a-kind pieces with something for everyone and is super helpful with advice. My firm favourite!