Festive Fancies

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The Christmas season fast approaching means that party invitations just keep coming. I caught up with Reveal Magazine’s fashion assistant Harriet Davey for her take on 2014’s party-wear staples, so you’ll have no excuse to turn down an offer this holiday season…

1. What’s your ultimate festive party outfit? 

Image by Eleanor Man
Image by Eleanor Man

I love dressy separates with more casual pieces, so for example a sequin skirt and heels with an embellished sweater or roll neck jumper. It’s refreshing to show you don’t have to go completely all over sequins and sparkle to do party, you can keep it wearable and stylish with classic pieces.

2. Where do you recommend to shop for Christmas party-wear on a budget?

F&F (at Tesco) have actually got really nice party-wear this season. They’ve covered all the key trends and have really upped their game. Likewise is Next, their shoes and handbags are amazing, and perfect to add to a LBD to get instantly party ready without having to buy a full outfit.

3. What’s a key accessory this Christmas?

It’s all about the faux fur this season. Anything from an all over furry clutch bag to a pom-pom keyring, it doesn’t matter whether you go statement or keep it simple, it just adds a little bit of chic to party-wear.

 4. And the perfect party-wear cover-up? 

Cape, New Look, £19.99
Cape, New Look, £19.99

Again, faux fur is a winner! A little cropped faux fur in a pastel colour gives party dresses a vintage feel, and I like the way they channel a bit of 50s Hollywood style.

5. What should the man in your life be wearing?

The man in my life would have to be wearing shirts with sweaters and a sharp suit for the Christmas parties, preferably grey because, well, every man looks good in an a la David Beckham grey suit! Also, a classic Fairisle patterned jumper is a must for the festive period!

6. Whose celebrity wardrobe would you most like to raid?

I would love to raid Olivia Palermo’s wardrobe .She always gets it spot on and is so good at layering and clashing different looks. She has all the latest designer outfits and I like how she always keeps her hair and make-up subtle to let her outfits stand out.

7. What item is at the top of your Christmas wishlist?

This year I really want a gorgeous pair of heels, ideally they would be Nicholas Kirkwood but they may end up being a Toppers pair seeing as they have such good shoes at the moment!

Thanks Harriet!  

Follow Harriet Davey @harrihearts to keep up with all things fashion-related.

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