Monday, 17 December 2018

Christmas Styling With Monsoon

The festive season can be a bit of a sartorial nightmare. With office parties, family get togethers and quick after work drinks (that can turn into a long night!) you not only need a Christmas wardrobe that can get you through party season in style, you also need it to be versatile, comfortable and something you can rely on! Luckily, Monsoon have you got you covered. This year, their party collection has something for everyone. From statement pieces that will make you stand out in the crowd; to beautiful accessories that can dial that work wear up from zero to party hero!

For me, the Christmas season is definitely about wearable pieces that make you feel amazing. Most of my parties are mid-December, meaning I’ve already indulged in a few mince pies and several selection boxes, making it really important to get flattering, great quality pieces that can fit easily into my wardrobe. Working with Monsoon this Christmas has been a little bit of heaven. They really do have all aspects covered! I wanted to make sure I chose pieces that reflected my style, the occasion and were something a little bit special.

The first look on my list, was something to take me straight from the office to the party! It is the busiest season after all, and with time in short supply, something that was easily adaptable is a must have! Polka dots have been 2018’s hero print. Lasting well into winter, this pretty print is the perfect way to stay on trend; so the Daisy Dot Skirt was the piece I turned to. This skirt can easily be worn with hiker boots and a knitted sweater for a day time look, and then be transformed into the perfect party look by just adding a few details. To transform this into a night time look, I turned to one of AW18’s biggest must haves - sequins! This classic embellishment is now the only way to go when you want to shine! This Shilpa Sequin Top is one of Monsoon’s most versatile pieces. Easily worn with a pair of mom jean and some heels, it’s equally at home teamed with the spotty skirt and some incredible velvet platforms (more about those later!). To finish the look I added some chic hair clips (it’s all about doubling up!) and a circular evening bag - outfit compete! 

Next up was the annual Christmas Eve pub crawl. Not as raucous as it sounds; it’s actually become one of my favourite traditions. My childhood friends come home and we go to our local haunts. This is always a tricky one to style, as it involves walking in freezing temperatures, and then boiling next to the fire in a busy pub! I wanted something sparkly, but also stylish and comfortable. The Saturn Sequin Midi Dress ticked all the boxes. Its delicious golden sequins skim over any lumps and bumps and it hangs beautifully. Although stunning on its own, I wanted to make it a little more ‘pub friendly’ so decided to embrace the layering trend add the Charlotte Cowl Neck Jumper. This instantly makes the look more casual, and almost looks like I’m wearing a skirt, making it a totally new outfit; something that can be done with so many dresses! Teamed once again with my hero accessories; the stunning blue velvet Vanya Platforms, which instantly make the look modern and topped of with the Vienna Circular black bag - the perfect Christmas Eve look!

Finally, it’s the big day itself - Christmas day! For this look, I wanted something a little bit special, but something that I didn’t have to think too much about. Enter the Tanya Shooting Star Embellished jumpsuit. This stunning one piece is the perfect way to look effortlessly chic, with very minimum effort. You don’t have to worry about separates or what will go with what; just throw on this beauty and you’re ready for the festivities in one fail swoop! The beautiful embellishments make it feel Christmassy, without going OTT, and the wide legs and sheer sleeves ensure it is flattering for every figure. I kept the accessories simple; just two hair slides and the Vanya shoes to wear underneath this floor length work of art!

So there you have it. Three festive outfits, that can also be used as a mini capsule wardrobe. Mixed together with what you already 
have, you’ll have enough looks for many Christmases to come!

Tell us about the pieces you’ve chosen;

I’ve chosen pieces that immediately caught my eye. I love sparkles, but also like them to be ‘wearable’, so nothing ‘too much’. Pieces that can be worn again are my favourite!

I love to pick and choose trends. I like to keep up to date and modern, but love a classic twist, especially pieces that can last for years to come.

How will you be styling them this festive season?

I will be styling the pieces in various ways, but mainly in looks that can be worn in more than one way. Versatility is what it’s all about for me. Being able to wear the clothes again and again is always a bonus!

How will you wear them in the New Year?

All of the pieces I chose can be worn in so many ways. The polka dot skirt and cowl neck jumper are probably the easiest to ‘dress down’, but I know I can throw a leather jacket over the jumpsuit and make it a more causal look!


What’s on your Christmas wish list this year?

From Monsoon - As you can probably tell, I’m a sucker for sequins, and the Rainey Rainbow Sequin Dress is definitely on my Christmas list!

In General -  Definitely some pamper bits; face masks, nails varnishes and bubble bath!

 What’s your gifting fail safe

In my family, it’s definitely a bottle of good quality gin!


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