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WINTER DRESSING: THE EVENT CHECKLIST

29.11.16

We take four of the season's most likely events and look at how best to dress for them.

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Perhaps it’s the luxe fabrications, the rich colour palettes and the ability to layer piece on top of piece, but there’s something wonderfully indulgent about dressing for winter. We look at some of the season’s most popular ways to celebrate and how best to dress for a sure-to-be bustling social calendar.

AFTER-WORK DRINKS

With December knocking at the door, there’s little more necessary than a look that works from 9 ‘til 9. Swap out classic suiting for tux trousers and style this sharply-cut winter favourite with an oversized knit and heels by day, switching to the coordinating blazer after hours. A cropped leather or shearling jacket will keep things contemporary but drape it over your shoulders to maintain a level of elegance that’s perfect for any guest list.

SUNDAY PUB LUNCH

There’s nothing quite as British as a walk in the country followed by a Sunday dinner in the local pub and whilst weekends are sparse in December this year, there’s still time to slot one into the diary. Smart-meets-casual is the way to go here and if you master this, you’ll also have an outfit that doubles up as the perfect Christmas Day look. Soften a statement printed skirt with an oversized cable-knit jumper and lessen the impact of bare legs (if you can brave them) with high-rise ankle boots.

THE CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Christmas markets are a cold-weather tradition and whilst it’s key to wrap up warm as you grab your cup of mulled wine and head into the festivities, it’s also the perfect opportunity to layer up in this season’s most textural pieces. A faux fur jacket will make the strongest statement and add instant vigour to any look but layer it over cashmere in a contrasting hue and let the roll-neck peek above the collar for a subtle point of difference.

WORK CHRISTMAS PARTY

Whatever position on the corporate-to-casual spectrum your usual work dress code is, the office Christmas party is your chance to eschew your failsafe Monday to Friday wardrobe and showcase the most elevated version of your aesthetic. Sequins are the ultimate in festive pizazz and when arranged in a decorative pattern, they lend a bodycon silhouette an undeniably glamorous edge. Pay attention to the finer details as well, as a slim metal waist belt will highlight any element of shine.

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