The holiday season always puts me in such a good mood, especially when it comes to shopping. I love buying gifts – whilst it’s often challenging to find something for your loved ones, I actually enjoy going through the whole thought process of analysing and evaluating what would bring the greatest smile on their faces when they unravel what’s hidden beneath the layers of paper wraps.
Although friends and family remain the priority, I also give myself a delightful treat: deciding what to wear for the Christmas parties and New Year festivities. I somehow manage to constantly end up with some crazy combination. Last year, I wore a blue leopard print dress with a cut-out back from Cooperative (at Urban Outfitters) and paired it with my sky-high Jeffrey Campbell Spike Litas and Zara Leather Jacket. It may sound a bit intense compared to my usual outfits. However, for me, New Year’s Eve has always been about pushing boundaries when it comes to outfits. I see the holidays as not only a time to be spent with friends and family but it’s also a time of self-reflection. It’s the point in time when you get to look back at what you’ve achieved throughout the past year and set up new goals for the upcoming one. I’ve always sought to have more confidence in the things I do, to be more comfortable with who I have become and to learn how to better cope with other people’s opinions. Evidently part of that is reflected in the how comfortable I can feel in the way I dress. New Year’s Eve has always been the occasion to break all rules and wear whatever I wanted to – a good starting point for a change in attitude. As for Christmas gatherings, unless it’s a Christmas jumper themed one, I always try to make some effort – dressing nicely on such occasions is a good gesture to show your friends and family that you’ve invested your time and commitment into it.
But enough of my soul-crushing self-revelation rant, let’s move on to the FUN part. Here’s a round-up of the kind of dresses that I would want to wear on such occasions (and secretly on a daily basis, for my trips to the supermarket as well) …
OUTFIT IDEAS: WHAT TO WEAR FOR CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATIONS
Sequin dresses are my all-time favourite. In fact, I’ve dedicated an entire post last year solely for sequin dresses (if you want to read more) but I’ve decided that they’re still worth another mention this year. Party always comes to mind when I think about sequins. They are fun, shiny and just makes me happy in general! I’d pair the sequin dress with a classic pair of heels and let the details of the dress speak for themselves.
If you don’t feel like dressing up too much, velvet is the perfect choice – it’s a really nice and flattering alternative to the classical Little Black Dress. Indeed, velvet is one of my favourite type of fabric. It’s soft, shiny and best of all, hides any body figure imperfections! Say bye-bye to the food baby that you just acquired from that big Christmas dinner you had back home. The way that the texture of the fabric absorbs the light (especially for the darker shades of velvet) simply gives the illusion of an extra flat tummy.
It’s always fun to have some sort of theme to a party but if there aren’t any, you can always make some for yourself, it’ll provide you with some guidance to what direction you may want to take. Wear colours that match the ambiance and the holiday occasion of the party for instance. Red, white, green – immediately comes to mind when I think about Christmas. As for New Year’s, gold and silver, the colours of the champagne and fireworks would be what I’d think about.
BOLD PRINTS & COLOURS
As you can see, last year I’ve somewhat opted for this option. Celebration is all about expressing one’s joy and happiness over a particular event. Bold prints and colours always gives me a smile when I see people wearing them, especially since I always tend to revert back to black on a daily basis… It’s daring, unconventional and the end of year holidays is the perfect occasion – so go crazy! If you’re bold enough, try to find a dress that matches all the aforementioned categories :P
Anyways, since Christmas is already looming near,
ARE YOU PLANNING ANYTHING SPECIAL FOR THE UPCOMING FESTIVITIES?
Happy holidays! ♥ ☆
The thing about Primark is that we all inherently know that the quality isn’t the best. Yet, the really low price tag often persuades us to buy things that we probably wouldn’t otherwise. It’s usually a hit-or-miss for me: I’d either go in there and come out empty-handed or carrying big bags full of really random things. When I used to live close to the Tottenham Court Road one, it was unavoidable to drop by there from time to time. But since I now live 30 minutes away (by bus) from the closest branch, I haven’t been to any of their stores for a long long time. The other week, I decided to pay a visit before going on holiday just to see if there is anything interesting around this time. Guess that distance does make the heart go fonder after all because it was somewhat of a hit! Here’s an outfit using some of the things I recently got from there…
I’ve been obsessed with pinafore dresses recently. I think it’s because of the overexposure to the 90′s revival trend that’s been going on around for a while. I’m usually a bit apprehensive about spending money on things that I probably wouldn’t wear that often but when I saw this cute black corduroy pinafore for a mere £12 in Primark, I didn’t even hesitate. Wearing this, I feel very much like having walked straight out of the set of Clueless but I sort of love it! Paired it with my pair of Sixpence (mid) Heels from ASOS, love the way the gold trim on the shoes matches the gold hardware on the pinafore ♥. Topped it off with this silly cat ear beanie that I also found in Primark that day for only £3!
Are there any 90s revival trends that you have been loving lately?
I’d love to hear so leave a comment down below! :)
Pinafore : Primark
Shirt : Primark
Shoes : ASOS
Hat : Primark
Here are some alternatives that I would consider purchasing:
Classical Dark Pinafores
Colourful & Patterned Pinafores
Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve last updated the blog – 4 months to be exact. Apologies for the delay and thank you to those that have stuck around! Things have been hectic recently (new course, new house, new flatmates, etc.) However, since I’ve finally managed to settle down, I’ll hopefully depart from this period of online hibernation and start devoting more time to this blog once again :).
When winter comes, I admittedly become a bit lazier than usual. Unless you can find reason for me to not stay cozy all day in my pyjamas, buried under my blanket with a cup of hot chocolate and back to back episodes of Breaking Bad, you’ll probably find me in my familiar combination of: dark colours, warm clothes, and slouched beanie.
One thing I’ve learned from all those years combatting the cold weather is that form-fitting clothes are actually the best when it comes to keeping you warm (stock up some heat-preserving tees!) Slouchy clothes might look the part but they’re actually not that great in terms of utility. Don’t be fooled, this outfit was deceptively warm. That being said, in extreme weather, I’ll still need to rely on my puffy thick jackets. Fortunately, the weather has been a bit forgiving these days so I’ve been using this oversized military shirt that I got at Urban Outfitters recurrently as a light jacket. Believe it or not, that’s actually a size S.