Have your­self a very beau­ti­ful Christ­mas

When the party in­vi­ta­tions start to ar­rive, make sure you’re dressed to say yes!

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Time to shine

For a show­stop­ping look, go all-out in a full-length se­quin dress. This makes for a re­fresh­ing change from an LBD, yet re­mains just as ver­sa­tile thanks to flat­ter­ing and glam­orous sequins. Wear with a pair of neat bal­let flats or black kitten heel mules if you need a height boost.

Merry & bright

Who says fes­tive jumpers can’t be stylish? We love this Scandi-style knit from Marks & Spencer and, when teamed with a bold red skirt, you have an out­fit that is both cosy and fab­u­lous.

Black tie style

Breeze through the party sea­son in this one-piece won­der – a tux-style jump­suit that ticks all the boxes if you’re not a lover of girlie dresses. Wear as it is with em­bel­lished flats for a fancy cocktail party or, if you like to cover your arms, layer a fine-knit polo­neck un­der­neath – sparkly lurex styles are great for glam nights out.

Blazer glory

This sea­son, look no fur­ther than a vel­vet blazer to add in­stant luxe to your wardrobe. Per­fect for up­grad­ing jeans and a cash­mere sweater or worn over a slinky slip dress, this is one gift that is for more than just Christ­mas.

’Tis the se­quin

Win­ter’s big trend from the high street is the se­quin skirt, which is ideal for fun, twinkly dressing. A state­ment piece that re­quires lit­tle ef­fort – take a less-is-more ap­proach and wear with clas­sic Bre­ton-style tops and cash­mere sweaters.

White Christ­mas

Dress like an A-lis­ter and em­brace head-to-toe shades of white and pale metallics to make an en­trance. Ex­pen­sivelook­ing and sump­tu­ous, this may not be the out­fit to cook Christ­mas lunch in, but it’s a real up­lift­ing al­ter­na­tive to black for spe­cial oc­ca­sions.

All wrapped up

Dress down a dra­matic party skirt with a roll­neck sweater for an un­der­stated yet unique out­fit that will take you from day to night. For ro­man­tic win­ter walks, team with a beau­ti­ful hat and scarf combo. If you’re go­ing for all-out glam, swap for a faux-fur wrap and a dia­manté hair pin.

Make it mod­ern

Easy-to-wear sep­a­rates that work with the rest of your wardrobe make for ver­sa­tile fes­tive style. Find a great shirt to team with wide-leg trousers or a sim­ple pen­cil skirt – a go-to for last-minute party in­vites. Add a punchy splash of colour with bold ac­ces­sories.

Dress, £325, 8-18, Phase Eight.Hat, £19.50, M&S Col­lec­tion.Gloves, £29, The White Com­pany. ➺Shoes, £100, 2-9, French Sole

Jumper, £29.50, xs-xl, Marks & Spencer. Skirt, £89, 6-16, Coast. Ear­rings, £12, Ac­ces­sorize. Bal­let pumps, £100, 2-9, French Sole

Jump­suit, £55, 10-20, Ro­man. Ear­rings, £35, Adore. ➺Shoes, £110, 3-9, Bo­den

Blazer, £198, 6-16, The White Com­pany. Blouse, £79, 8-18, Tem­per­ley at John Lewis & Part­ners.Trousers, £189, 6-16, Me+em.Ring, £15, Z for Ac­ces­sorize.Shoes, £139, 2-8, Carvela

Top, £69, xxs-xl, Petit Bateau. Skirt, £69.99, s-l, Mango. Ear­rings, £15, Marks & Spencer. Shoes, £35, 3-7, Faith at Deben­hams

Top, £89, 6-18, Mint Vel­vet. Trousers, £89, 6-18, Coast. Ear­rings, £35, Adore. Shoes, £99, 3-8, Dune

Jumper, £35, xxs-xl, Ninety Per­cent. Skirt, £69, 6-22, Jenny Pack­ham at Deben­hams. Hat, £69; scarf, £129, both Me+em. Boots, £179, 3-8, Carvela

Pho­tog­ra­phy: Wendy Car­rig Stylist: Jo Atkin­son Stylist’s as­sis­tant: Lucy Trievnor Hair & make-up artist: Sally Kval­heim @ An­geli & Co us­ing Kéras­tase and Clin­ique Set de­signer: Michelle Lester Lo­ca­tion: Thanks to Bel­mont House

Coat, £110, 10-32, Sim­ply Be. Blouse, £25.99, xs-xl, Zara. Skirt, £79.95, 8-22, Madeleine. Bag, £60, Bo­den. Shoes, £95, 3-7, Nine West

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