This time of year is all about adding sparkling touches to your winter wardrobe for pretty feminine dressing that will work well at parties, special events and festive day trips. A great way to incorporate some grown-up bling into looks is by sporting a pair of bedazzled shoes that will be sure to re-establish your love for all things glitter.
December is upon us which means your social calendar is packed full of exciting parties that need attending. Show stopping shoes make for the perfect kind of statement so you’ll be excited to discover the amazing range of dazzling flats that have had a sparkle make-over including sophisticated loafers and Mary Jane styles, allowing your feet to take centre stage no matter what time of the day it is. Smothered in beautiful glitter, these shoes are still kept smart with the help of leather lining and buckle detailing. Wear your glittery flats with pared-back pieces such as grungy jeans and a chunky knit and stick to a shoe colour palette of black, silver or gold. Save the vibrancy for evening occasions!
For women who adore wearing heels, there are plenty of towering sparkle-tastic beauties to team with festive frocks such as classic pumps and ankle strap designs. This latest array of directional fashion footwear will catch the light as you party and dance your way into the New Year. So click those heels together and remember; there’s no place like home this Christmas!
On Top, £65.00
Little Lady, £45.00
All shoes from Office
The festive spirit has sprinkled itself across the country in the anticipated lead up to Christmas and New Year. Stores are bursting with beautiful sparkling decorations and lights adding that lovely touch of magic that brings the nation together for the exciting holiday ahead. Preparing for these most glamorous days in our social calendar is necessary for the party season so make sure your wardrobe has some hidden wonders that will be sure to dazzle fellow guests.
With an abundance of styles to rock this festive season, our favourite shopping hotspots have totally spoilt us but who are we to complain? From deep rich hues to statement embellishments and gothic romance to vintage dressing you’ll be the ultimate style Queen no matter what the party. Dramatic maxis and Gatsby inspired designs along with rock chic worthy separates are top of the trend list too.
Textured pieces such as faux fur, feathers, brocade and lace exude luxury as well as beautiful sequins for ultimate decadence. Play around with various combinations as well as different lengths to create red carpet ready elegance - feminine and glam. Glitz and sparkle touches like gold and bejewelled accents are lovely touches to look out for too.
If a dress is not your style there are plenty of other festive looks you can try. The midi skirt is proving it’s got major fashion credentials this season so just team yours with a matching top for ladylike chic and voila! Plus although gold, silver and red are the colours normally associated with Christmas dressing, you could always surprise people and opt for an unexpected hue like pink.
This is the only time of the year really when you can let your hair down and go all-out with your clothing choices so embrace OTT jewels and extravagant designs for exciting fashion. Now with the right pair of killer heels and a matching clutch at your disposal you’ll be ready to hit all those festive parties you’ve got lined up!
Per Una Dress, £150.00 from M&S
Invitation Damask Dress, £179.00 from Hobbs
Black Embellished Shell Top, £50.00 from River Island
Gold Sequin A-Line Midi Skirt, £40.00 from River Island
Bonded Crepe Laser Cut Skater Dress, £120.00 from ASOS.com
Bead Body Maxi Dress, £89.00 from Miss Selfridge
V Feather Fluff Dress, £50.00 from Topshop
Winter is well and truly here. The temperature has dropped right down and with whispers of the arrival of snow making an appearance, wrapping up warm is on everyone’s list of priorities!
Having a selection of super chic accessories on standby will help you beat the chill so from the top of your head all the way down to your toes you’ll feel snug, comfortable and of course; incredibly stylish. High-end luxury brands such as Beaumont Organic and Madeleine Thompson offer a range of beautiful pieces from cute gloves to festive inspired scarves and bright fabulous designs that will make sure you stand out during dull drab days.
Think of these winter warmers as fashionable investments as we all know, British weather can be rather unpredictable any time of the year, but especially during the winter months you don’t want to be caught out in the cold. They’ll spruce up winter outfits allowing you to feel on-trend even if the weather is dark and miserable.
Madeleine Thompson’s exclusively designed range of neon accessories, which include a beanie, scarf and arm warmers, for designer online hotspot Net-a-Porter will provide a much needed burst of vibrancy. These are not for the colour shy! Made from super soft cashmere, they’ll look fabulous worn with a black coat to really make an impact this season. Team all three pieces in one look for undeniable style. The arm warmers are particularly impressive as they are perfect for layering under a cape or jacket, keeping your hands lovely and toasty whilst enabling you to use your phone or carry on with other daily duties with no fuss.
Madeleine Thompson Waever Neon Cashmere Beanie, £95.00 from Net-a-Porter
Madeleine Thompson Neon Cashmere Scarf, £115.00 from Net-a-Porter
Madeleine Thompson Neon Cashmere Arm Warmers, £95.00 from Net-a-Porter
Classic designs can be seen in Beaumont Organic’s collection of winter must-haves such as the Kiva scarf featuring a beautiful baroque print in rich red and blue tones which can be worn several ways to add interest to looks. The Maddy luxury tan mittens boast a faux fur cuff and cosy lining for understated elegance giving you the opportunity to wear them on a number of occasions.
Kiva Luxury 100% Alpaca Wool Vintage Stitch Knitted Scarf, £149.00 from Beaumont Organic
Maddy Fur Cuff Mittens in Tan, £95.00 from Beaumont Organic
So now it’s just a case of sitting back with a big cup of hot chocolate topped with all the delicious trimmings whilst showcasing your new top notch accessories!
Cast your mind back to when you were younger and to those ghastly unstylish bum bags your mum made you wear. It may send a fashion shiver down your spine but as the 90s is once again back for this latest season you might want to fully embrace this unloved accessory as this time round they’ve been revamped for an undeniable luxe appeal!
Lovebullets is a London based creative house representing a visionary frontier in fashion, art and ideology by inverting traditional symbols of destruction and transforming them into innovative works of art and jewellery. Keeping up with the latest trends, the brand is launching a rather impressive leather bum bags collection this November making it the label’s first foray into leatherwear.
These are not your normal bum bags though as the line presents heavy grain vintage black, red and white leather bags adorned with hand-riveted brass bullet studs for a real 90s grunge feel. All the styles are lined in silk too and feature sleek suede binding offering a luxurious side to these statement creations. Actress Jaime Winstone has already been seen rocking hers at the Village Bicycle East store launch party, casually worn in the style of an across body design teamed with a bright graphic dress and ankle boots.
Bullet embellishment is available in either a dramatic all-over studded design or with standout bullet studded slogans such as LOVE, SWAG, EAST, DOPE, HYPE, YOLO and COOL for an eccentric twist. They’ll look amazing worn with AW13’s tartan or animal prints as well as leather or metallic separates. You could even texture clash your Lovebullet bum bag with a faux fur/PU ensemble or winter blooms. Make the accessory the main attraction of a look by opting for head-to-toe black letting the incredible innovative piece do all the work. It’s time to create fashionable memories of the trusty bum bag!
Slogan Bum Bags from £485.00
Fully-studded bum bags from £675.00
It’s no surprise that androgyny is a trend back for this season. The appeal of adding mannish shapes and styles to your existing wardrobe gives the option of slick and sophisticated tailoring that is both flattering and wearable for a boyish charm you won’t be able to resist.
Designer label Vanessa Bruno completely nailed masculine attire in her Autumn/Winter 2013 collection along with a handful of other designers such as Karen Millen. The high-end brand has included this key trend in its latest range offering boyish tailoring that is impeccably cut to perfectly fit the female form in beautiful luxe fabrics and trims.
The mood is laidback chic with a slight edge flaunting a colour palette which is kept neutral and classic allowing for instant versatility so key pieces can be mixed and matched to create sharp looks. A crisp shirt can be worn with a leather pleated skirt whilst a tuxedo style jacket would feel right at home paired with a full on suit for work or a dress for evening functions.
Signature White Shirt, £99.00
Leather Collection Skirt, £295.00
Extreme Batwing T-Shirt, £65.00
Texture Bandage Knit Dress, £140.00
Signature cotton trench coats feature tweed contrasts for an injection of heritage style whilst the use of jacquard gives garments a strong, sexy appeal. Sexy figure hugging dresses provide a subtle hint of femininity and can be seen in bold hues such as blue and red, two hot colours to flaunt this season, whereas monochrome in stripe form is the ideal masculine graphic print.