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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What To Wear With Your #ThatCoat

Yesterday I took a little trip to the Daily Mail offices as @ThatCoat is going to be featured tomorrow - all terribly exciting.  (El Mundo in Spain picked it yesterday and so did Vogue Espana - it's getting very Spanish).I arrived at the Daily Mail offices, everyone was very nice and I had my makeup done 👄(that was fun) and hair done 💇(I am seriously concerned I will look like D'Artagnan the musketeer in the photos - apparently the Daily Mail loves swishy hair and my hair is not doing swishy at the moment).  And then some snaps 📷 were then taken by Katie the photographer who was very patient ☺️.  So tomorrow it will get exciting😃  - and thank you to the Daily Mail team 🙏Camilla the stylist at the Daily Mail chose my outfit for the article tomorrow, and I wanted to let you know my current favourite #thatcoat outfit 😍, so here it is below.Alice xxx 💙💕The most popular coat ever? It's sold out but you can now buy it on ebay apparently... 

Ted Baker Zaralie Jacquard Dress £149


Elia B High Track Loafers £160


Alex Monroe Toucan & Cockatoo Hoop Earrings £195


Sophie's Shop Revisited

Yesterday Mummy and I spent a lovely afternoon in Sophie's Shop in Forest Row🌳, East Sussex.  I love coming to visit Sophie 👩🏻and her shop🏠as it is always nice to catch up and is the perfect excuse to pick up a new wardrobe staple 👗(I've hardly taken off the Iro jeans I bought last time😊).  We had some excellent lunch 🍝 from Maria's next door, and then got immersed in all the wonderful clothes 👖👗and accessories 👠.The shop is beautifully laid out, with super displays and there is exactly the right amount of items on display. Sophie buys and sells vintage and nearly new designer clothes 👚👠👗, and she has a really good eye - there is always a superb selection.I love this kind of shopping experience, as you are presented with beautifully arranged clothes, in a welcoming environment, and it is the chance to buy some designer 👠 items I would never normally consider (only look longingly at in magazines📚😍).She has all sorts from Burberry trench coats 👘to Diane Von Furstenberg, Amanda Wakeley and Caroline Charles dresses 👗to Isabel Marant 👚tops.  There are also a number of high street items - Whistles,  J Crew and Hobbs are all there too.  Accessories range from Russell & Bromley shoes 👢and Radley handbags 👝to Chanel pumps👟My littlest sister came away with the most fantastic Alexander McQueen heels👠She also has a super selection of jeans👖 - MiH, J Brand, James Jeans and Paige are all there (hopefully in you size 😀).And Sophie always has very good outfit and style recommendations💁. She has a keen eye for items that will suit your style and shape.  She always chooses things I would never normally even look at, and once on I can't believe I ever survived without (I came away with an amazing blue Nicole Fahri top👕).The best thing is, the stock is changing all the time, so you never know what you might discover.We had a lovely time trying things on 💃 and I can't wait to go back again soon - it's the perfect place to pick up a new staple item 👖to refresh your current wardrobe 👘or you might be lucky and find that dress 👗to wear to that summer wedding.She also recommended Abi Gurney Hat Hire 👒I found that dress 👗 for that wedding and now need a hat👒!  And this is such a good idea - hire a hat rather than buy it.Thank you so much for having us Sophie!Alice xxxIMG_2860IMG_2817IMG_2818IMG_2821IMG_2832IMG_2840IMG_2848IMG_2874IMG_2886