Friday, 21 December 2012

Keeping it chic at Christmas

Photo: Gerard Darel.


There's enough brocade around this season to deck out Poshington Manor. That's Laurence Llewelyn Bowen's pad, in case you were wondering. Autumn/winter fashion is all texture, embellishment and drama. And yet, and yet....at a dinner party the other night, I noticed that every single woman was wearing a combination of black, gold and grey. The chintz had been chucked, the frou-frou forgotten, we'd all decided to keep it chic. I was embracing 24-hour-style in my favourite go-anywhere outfit: a graphic print, silk Modern Love jacket (bought at their sample sale), slim black pants and Liz Taylor earrings. The only photo I have of said outfit is from the Mumsnet BlogFest (that's me on the right), never did get round to writing that up. Suffice to say it was nerve-wracking and fun. Caitlin Moran was superb. And I had a lovely lunch:


Oh and by the way, my feet aren't really the size of skateboards. It's the camera angle on the old Acne Pistol Boot. Here's a quick snap of my lovely Modern Love jacket:



And did you see fab photographer Ellen von Unwerth at the British Fashion Awards? She was embracing the black and gold theme too.

Photo: Getty.

Another go-to outfit this season incorporates the Diane jacket from Lucza, jeans and flat Chelsea boots. Which I like to think adds a whiff of Ines de la Fressange's Parisian Chic to my life.

Photo: Lucza.

So, I guess what I'm saying is wear something you always feel right in. Having a fail-safe item of clothing to turn to is more comforting than knowing you've got a lift home and a lie-in. There's no point getting dressed up to the nines if it makes you feel self-conscious and stupid. As architect, John Pawson says, 'The state of minimum is not one of austerity nor deprivation, it is clarity of space.'*

What will you be wearing this Christmas?



* Taken from my Grown-up Guide To Parties.

24 comments:

Sacramento Amate said...

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Enjoy the end of the world Christmasy weekend, my friend
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Mademoiselle Poirot said...

So right!!! The amount of times I see women (men just don't seem to have the same problem) wearing something that makes them feel uncomfortable and self-conscious is unreal. Nothing looks worse than somebody who can't walk in high heels or spends the evening tugging on their dress - you'll look better in jeans and t-shirt in that case...or in my sparkly sweatshirt ;-)

GREAT blazer btw :-) Sorry we didn't manage coffee this year, it's all been quite manic here. We'll definitely do it in January. Have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year. xo

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I love, love, love that top look! That is my goal...I want to look like that by the end of next year! Thanks for the inspiration picture...and I love sparkly gold and black! Have a wonderful weekend and holidays ahead!

Lilac In May said...

Love your jacket, just perfect. JP's philosophy nails it.

Have a fab Christmas and I look forward to hearing about your 2013 adventures.

Déjà Pseu said...

I'm with you. Simple and sleek. A bit of sparkle or shine. I find that the more embellished and frou-frou pieces just make me look like a piece of upholstered furniture. I love the idea of Chelsea boots with a dressy outfit.

Patti said...

I'm on board with this! Your simple look is fabulous. I like a sparkly top with dark jeans and boots, and red lipstick.

The Style Crone said...

A gorgeous jacket and I adore the black and gold look. I tend to dress to the nines and feel comfortable doing so, but love the beauty across the continuum.

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materfamilias said...

Yes! Couldn't agree more! And I'm pleased to see how good our Twinwear (the Acne boots) look with that outfit. Mine have gained a similar patina which I really like.

Bi Ti said...

Fabulous jacket! I like black and gold when I go out for the Holidays dinner - like the vintage Chanel pansuit and H scarf, or Moschino tongue in cheek suit: http://www.pret-a-vivre.com/2012/12/my-holiday-outfits.html
but this year will be 'shabby chic' at home as I will be cooking away :-)

Happy Holidays!

Vix said...

The pared down look isn't for me but you rock it like a pro!
No idea what I'll be doing after tomorrow but I have a snakeskin fringed catsuit to do it in, OTT, unsuitable and mad, that's my style. x

MyStyle said...

Hi my dear-I adore your Love jacket, perfectly chic and it looks such a versatile and stylish piece that must be a real favourite in your wardrobe. Have a good weekend xxx

Angele Style said...

Party time for me means high high heels and a dress that I can sit comfortably in and I am set to go. My whole lifestyle is practical so I need one time of the year to be the glamour girl I was meant to be. Angora sweaters, sequins, chiffon, bring it!!!

Shelley Smith said...

Found your blog on "Retire in Style Daily News". Have not even thought about what I'm going to wear. Note to self, come back and have a really good look at your blogs.

Tiffany said...

I have been looking for the right gold top for Christmas with no luck. And I was thinking about gold jeans, but worry that I'm too old and I'll look like an idiot :)

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That's Not My Age said...

The Style Crone - love the thought of 'beauty across the continuum,' nicely put. Might have to borrow that! It's obvious that you're comfortable dans sa peau because you always look so fabulous.

Vix - I can't wait to see that catsuit! Sounds fantastic.

Performance and Cocktails said...

I love the jacket. Just posted a stripy outfit at performanceandcocktails.com

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mette said...

Your jacket looks good on You.
Personally I could not wear gold, silver, sequins, shiny clothes nor the glamour.
But I can wear a great piece of jewelry, a great bag and fine shoes to dress up my simple outfits.

Flattering50 said...

I love the silver top and gold jacket! So simple and elegant--perfect for the holiday season. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Sarah said...

Love your jacket.. looking wonderful TNMA. Happiest of chic Christmasses to you. XXX

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