Anna Vlach Be like Brangelina and choose classic clothing this festive season – you’ll be Christmas stars.
’TWAS the night before Christmas drinks and all through the house . . . clothes were strewn everywhere because you still hadn’t picked the perfect party ensemble. Sound familiar? Fear not, fellow fashionistas, because I have it sorted. Why not make December the month to bring your greatest hits out to play? Ladies, if sharp-eyed Shirley points out you’re wearing your school formal frock, tell her the ’90s are the next big thing, or, if you’re closer to 40 than 30, that it’s “vintage, darling”.
Fellas, this won’t work with your floral shirt circa ’92, but your ’80s paisley could cut it for a cool Ben Sherman-inspired look. And if you really don’t have a thing to wear, then RSVP to any black-tie invite you can get your hands on because every bloke looks their best in a tux. I’m tempted to tell you to wear it 24/7 – except penguins look a bit out of place at barbecues. So, for semi-formal dos ditch the top half and don a black shirt à la Johnny Cash, and for casual, roll up the sleeves of that black shirt and throw on a pair of dark jeans.
Ladies should go for a simple black gown for hoighty-toighty affairs and an LBD for everything else. No, not a little black dress but a long black dress that can be worn in several ways. Think one with shoestring straps and a shirred elasticised band across the bust. Tuck in the strings to make it strapless, or turn your dress into a skirt to be worn with a glittery black tank by pulling it down to your waist. Wear either night after night with different pieces of bold bling – and I’m talking ethnic-inspired bangles not reindeer earrings with flashing noses – and no one will notice you’ve frocked up in the same dress again.
Just be sure to factor in all the drinks and canapes. Immaculate conceptions are all the rage at Christmas, but try to hide your “food baby” in half-a-size-too-big clothing which is more stylish than uncomfortable-andunflattering too tight. Or, if you’ve really overdone it, get into his and hers Santa suits and let Father Christmas and Mrs Claus make a few guest appearances.