Keep your stress down with a dressed-down Christmas

Christmas is close now, so close I can almost smell it. Well, not almost, I can definitely smell it. My mother is in the kitchen baking mince pies till dawn, there are roast chestnuts and mulled wine on offer at every street vendor in town, and cranberry scented candles are literally everywhere I look. One thing I could do without adding to my list of Christmas worries this year is what I’m going to be wearing. I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise to hear that I am certainly not alone in this.

Insight from men’s retailer Reem Clothing has surveyed that the most popular looks for the 2016 festive party season are casual. I’m not talking novelty knitted jumpers emblazoned with bad puns. I’m talking Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby when he’s chilling in that classy cream sweater. You know, this one.


There are thousands of ways to look classy without putting in a huge amount of effort. An interesting pair of shoes with a simple shirt, a nice sweater with a statement watch, etc. 2016 hasn’t exactly been the kindest of years, so why not focus on the most important things like socialising with friends and family, rather than finding an expensive suit to feel awkward in.

Clothing has a massive impact on how we behave around others. Don’t believe me? Here are some interesting statistics from that survey I mentioned earlier…

  • Over half of men (54%) admit that they feel most confident when in a slim or straight fit clothing
  • Polo shirts are the most popular choice of clothing for a night out among men (19%) with colours of choice being either blue (35%) or black (29%) with the least popular colour choice being yellow (0.56%)
  • Over a third of those questioned (38%) said casual clothes were the most attractive for both men and women

Personally, I have decided to opt for the simple jumper and statement shoes option. I will be wearing the Sato Twist Knit from Only & Sons, some simple black jeans, and my new Giovanni di Paolo print Dr Martens from their Museum collection. As you can see, I let my shoes do the talking.

sato di-paolo-shoe

If you are in need of a little inspiration, you can take a look at the latest collections from the likes of Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger Denim and Gym King from your phone or device at




A Frosty Rococo Winter


This December I’m all about the pastels. Since bleaching my hair into a kind of white/silver amalgamation, I have been wearing a lot of pale colours and avoiding bright, bold shades. Pale peach and pastel pinks are particularly fashionable this winter, along with lace cut tops and shirts. You can find a fantastic variety from asos, Next, and even ebay.

I recently picked up this high-knecked, victorian style, lace blouse from a charity shop, and it went perfectly the ‘DEEP ROOTED‘ matt brown lipstick from MAC and my new ROCAILLE choker from Raspberry Mazohyst.


This choker is made from clear plastic with rococo detail. It is incredibly comfy and versatile and by far my favourite accessory to date. Never before have I considered wearing a plastic choker to a dinner party, but the ROCAILLE choker exudes elegance and refinement.

Complete this winter look with some silver or gold glitter for your face and maybe a stick-on gem or two (I get mine from Claire’s Accessories). It may not be typically festive, but will turn you into a real life frost fairy.