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What to wear to every festive scenario

Party Perfect Pieces

‘Tis the season to be merry – and let’s be honest, the more on-point your festive look, the merrier you’ll feel. From the office party to the school reunion – tackle whatever festive scenario is thrown your way. Here’s every dress, clutch, suit and boot you need in your armoury.

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THE SCHOOL REUNION

If you’ve managed to escape an official reunion, we commend you – but let’s get real for a second. Being back in your hometown for the holidays equals at least one guaranteed run-in with an ex, your school nemesis or your annoyingly attractive former neighbour. Counteract any awkwardness with a killer party look…

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Missoni
£795 £515
Floral tapestry jacquard dress
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Floral tapestry jacquard dress
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Marni Earrings
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Marni
£410 £205
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Anya Hindmarch Crisp packet clutch bag
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Anya Hindmarch
£995 £645
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Knitted jacquard skater dress
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Ted Baker
£149 £99
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Malory heels in gold
Rupert Sanderson
£440 £176
Malory heels in gold
14ct strawberry gold vanilla diamonds, chocolate diamonds & peach morganite ring
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L'Atelier
£2,750 £1,843  
Levian 14ct gold diamond ring
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14ct strawberry gold diamond ring
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THE OFFICE PARTY

Office party dressing is a fine art – and call us crazy, but we kind of love the challenge. You need something statement enough to serve as an icebreaker for that initial, and quite frankly, painful first hour – and something elegant enough to dance freely in once the champagne starts flowing. The search is over…

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Sergio Rossi Tuxedo black and white satin sandal
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Sergio Rossi
£895 £487
Tuxedo sandal
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Tuxedo sandal
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Ted Baker Tamara metallic embroidered midi dress
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Ted Baker
£169 £99
Tamara metallic midi dress
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Tamara metallic embroidered midi dress
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Marni Earrings
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Marni
£410 £205
Earrings
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Temperley London Flutura clutch bag
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Temperley London
£195 £65
Flutura clutch bag
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Flutura clutch bag
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Oscar de la Renta Gold tone crysral necklace
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Oscar de la Renta
£760 £380
Gold tone crysral necklace
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Gold tone crysral necklace
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Marni Kaddassia shawl
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Marni
£3,300 £1,650
Kaddassia shawl
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Kaddassia shawl
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Theo Fennell 18ct Yellow gold whip studs
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Theo Fennell
£995 £660
18ct Yellow gold whip studs
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18ct Yellow gold whip studs
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Oscar de la Renta Printed satin twill dress
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Oscar de la Renta
£1,960 £784
Printed satin twill dress
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Printed satin twill dress
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THE CHRISTMAS EVE ESCAPE

It’s the night before Christmas, and while you’ve got plenty of last-minute wrapping and potato peeling to do, you naturally find yourself in denial at the local pub. The good news is you’re not alone. Enter your entire friendship group, as well as random members of their extended family who were also desperate to get out of the house. Here are your go-to pieces for low-key elegance…

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Lina dress
Reiss
£190 £75
Lina dress
Links Greenwich watch
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Links of London
£450 £225
Greenwich watch
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Greenwich watch
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Salvatore Ferragamo Lamu boots
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Salvatore Ferragamo
£705 £423
Lamu boots
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Lamu boots
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Anne Fontaine Rosalie dress
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Anne Fontaine
£385 £231
Rosalie dress
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Rosalie dress
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Furla Julia mini top handle bag
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Furla
£222 £144
Julia mini top handle bag
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Julia mini top handle bag
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Ameeya lace skater dress
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Ted Baker
£179 £119
Ameeya lace skater dress
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Dusty diamond bracelet
Annoushka
£3,600 £2,410
Dusty diamond bracelet

THE FAMILY GATHERING

If it’s your own family, you can probably get away with slippers, jeans and your trusty Christmas jumper. If it’s your other half’s side, we’re sorry but your outfit is going to require significantly more effort. Think luxe textures, rich hues, simple silhouettes and beautiful details. Voilà…

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Oscar de la Renta Pintucked wool-blend flannel dress
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Oscar de la Renta
£1,320 £528
Pintucked wool-blend dress
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Pintucked wool-blend flannel dress
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Bally Shawl
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Bally
£325 £156
Shawl
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Shawl
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Salvatore Ferragamo Varina shoe
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Salvatore Ferragamo
£560 £336
Varina shoe
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Varina shoe
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Ted Baker Tamara metallic embroidered midi dress
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Ted Baker
£169 £99
Tamara metallic midi dress
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Vasilisa bangle
Annoushka
£1,300 £780
Vasilisa bangle

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