You don’t need to dress like the tree to do Christmas in style
By Victoria Moss, Senior Fashion News and Features Editor at The Telegraph
I feel that with winter and – let’s just say it – festive dressing, people generally fall into one of two groups: cosy-yet-chic knitwear or full-on, high-octane, ‘is-that-tinsel-or-your-necklace’ school of thought. This season, designers have sought to bring peace and goodwill to both sides of the style track with ideas and offerings that should appeal to both, and even how to merge the two camps together in one happy marriage of fashion extremes.
Extravagant ear-lobes are fast gaining pace – moving on from multiple piercings frosted with sweet studs all along the ear, the shift now is to size and fabulousness: both should be extreme. Feel free to wear one gob-stopper earring, or to mix and match – this isn’t necessarily about matching pairs – in fact the more avant-garde the better. What does this mean for you cosy knit fiends though? Well, the genius of this is that add a supersized bling earring to any outfit and you will look more than done – it’s the easiest day-to-night trick out there. Imagine, for a moment, that you are attending a dinner wearing your fanciest footwear; once you’ve sat down, no one’s going to notice. Earrings, on the other hand, can command a room.
Knitwear has also been given something of a snazzy makeover. A plain old grey jumper – while clearly a minimalist’s dream – can feel a little staid in the face of jauntier versions with a ruffle hem here, a lurex detail there or even a bright stripe intarsia. But pair your updated jumper with your favourite pair of jeans et voila! Another no-brainer way to up the stakes without losing out on comfort.
Footwear, however, is perilously teetering on a serious stiletto. At the recent round of fashion weeks, while many show goers were still super-glued to their (Christopher Kane) trainers, some braved the new minimal heel shape: a thin strap over the toes and another around the ankle. They work with everything, and when your outfit (and indeed earrings) are already showing you off to maximum effect, sometimes a simple heel is a great leveller.
For those not about to fall for the willowy charms of a skinny heel, look for ballet shoes – which are having a flutter of a comeback. The best versions have a quirk to them – be it material, straps or studs – an added addition to the classic is ideally what you’re looking for.
Velvet is one fabric that has come fully into its own this winter. It’s delicious in boots and shoes (find a chunky low heel velvet shoe and you’re winning everything), but also seek out velvet blazers – flattering against the skin, they work with everything and are an instant weapon of glamour. Which is, after all, what we’re going for here.