And so the alternative is ……..

Talking an outfit with some element of dressing up, but not a dress. So could cover work do, Christmas party, drink in pub. Personally I prefer separates as you get more wear from them. However the downside is that throwing on a dress or all in one is easy, whereas wearing top/skirt or top/trouser combo requires slightly more thought.

Here’s some ideas I’ve had. Word of warning, it’s not the most colourful post I’ve done. However you’re never going to beat a monochrome colour palette, even around Christmas time.

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Clockwise from top left; Gap slim cropped pants £34, Coast wren textured top £59, Somerset by Alice Temperley open shoe boot £95, Great Plains T-shirt £45, New Look blazer £24.99

I love the tuxedo pants from Gap, could be worn in so many ways. I’ve been looking for a pair of sued block heels recently that are comfy enough to walk in and these are the nearest I’ve got. Ideally I’d prefer closed toe though.

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John Lewis Collection reindeer jumper £49, Mint Velvet metallic jumper £79, New Look high waisted coated jeans £22.99, Top Shop shimmer top £27, Next sequin pull on leggings £30, M&S Autograph shoe boots £59

We were at a 40th party at the weekend and a lot of the ‘younger crowd’ (by this I mean 30!) were sporting leather look coated leggings, shoe boots and slouchy top. I do like this look but the addition of knitwear and a tuxedo jacket like the NL one above has a more relaxed feel. I also like the mixture of glam and casual. The Mint Velvet jumper looks nothing in the picture but is gorgeous in the flesh, also in a green/moss colour. I’m hearing great reviews about the New Look coated leggings. I brought 8 pairs of various styles and sizes for a mass trying on session. I will report back on this as if they fit and look like I’m told they do they will a bargain buy.

I’ll be back soon with a look at skirt/top dressing for the party season.

Thanks for following.

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