The clocks have gone back and we’re into November – what better way to celebrate the countdown to Christmas than with a few pre-festive Winter holiday essentials (and a few special indulgences!). From luxe accessories and party-appropriate shoes to trend-led outerwear and cute knits, we’ve compiled a list of what’s hot for colder months.
High shine and sparkle are integral parts of winter holiday style and can brighten up even the dullest of days. Key pieces of jewellery can be added to an old favourite LBD to update a classic look, though needn’t always be reserved for nights out. The festive season is the perfect excuse to add jewels and metals to everyday outfits too. Forget light and dainty and instead opt for heavy, chunky pieces. This rose gold calliope necklace from Avenue 32 is a real showstopper. The choker style sits high on the neck, making it the perfect edgy addition to a plain shift dress.
When considering jewellery don’t forget the impact the right watch can have. This rose gold wristwatch (above) from Michael Kors is the ideal accompaniment to your necklace. The equally chunky styling and deep black fronting will add a masculine touch to delicate knitwear and light fabrics.
Another practical item for the winter holiday season is a warm jacket or coat. Invest in one high-quality item which will take you from the office and the day-to-day to a more formal or dressy evening. Dark colours can have you looking and feeling washed out, so instead opt for a warming tone like this deep red mod coat from Kimchi Blue (right). The button detail and contrast velvet trim add interest, whilst the gorgeous fur collar makes the coat the perfect chic cover-up for a night out.
A quality coat will keep you warm, but a hat is still essential for longer spells outdoors. Go for a classically feminine look in this cute cloche by Marie Mercie (below). Crafted in France from rabbit hair felt, the nude caramel tone will flatter all complexions.
Unexpected post-work drinks or after-office party call for smaller accessories that can quickly jazz up an outfit. Opt for hair accessories which you can keep in your bag or desk drawer for those surprise nights out. Glitter, beading, embroidering and jewels are eye-catching and can quickly take an outfit from so-so to so-sexy! This headband from Anthropologie features dainty gold beading in swirling circles and is perfectly purse-sized.
Getting out of a warm bed to a frosty morning can be difficult, so make the most of those weekend lie-ins by feeling at your most glam. Channel a retro vibe in this Mimi Holliday polka dot teddy (below). Luxury silk, coral tones and ruffled trims add a feminine and flirtatious finish. Still can’t drag yourself out of bed? These bootie slippers from Just Sheepskin will keep your feet toasty as you linger over your morning espresso.
Key pieces can keep you looking elegant throughout the Winter months, though sometimes donning snug knitwear and having a casual day seem far more appealing! The owl featured heavily on rings, brooches, jumpers and homeware last year, but this season the fox reigns supreme. The most fantastic of animals is emblazoned on this Peter Jensen jumper, made from 100% wool. Pair with skinny jeans or leggings and chunky ankle boots for a laid-back look.
Enjoy the winter holiday and give yourself a pre-Christmas treat with these essential pieces for the season!