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The CF Checklist: December

Whilst the usual frivolities of December will be a little different this year, we’ve  re-emerged from lockdown 2.0 ready to celebrate whichever way we can, dressing for the occasion, of course.

I, for one, am ready to dress up in an array of sumptuous velvet, sequins, and feathers, even if it’s just for al-fresco dining. Here’s our edit of style solutions marrying style and comfort. Consider this CF Checklist your dress code for the month ahead….


THE VELVET JUMPSUIT

The festive season is simply made for velvet, and this limited-edition jumpsuit by Seren London in a rich Bordeaux red velvet is perfect for celebrating in. The Gee is a much-loved signature for the brand that champions the louche glamour of a jumpsuit for all occassions from wedding guest dressing to high-summer parties. The silhouette flatteringly nips in at the waist but is loose enough to be forgiving for festive feasting. With a sophisticated high neck and low back, it’s effortlessly alluring too.

THE STATEMENT COAT

With outdoor dining the way to socialise this December, I want a statement coat to do the talking, and this Stand Studio coat with snakeskin printed leather and faux shearling is such a conversation piece, who cares what you’re wearing underneath. Pair with a neutral palette of black jeans and knee-length boots to really make the colours pop.

This Stand Studio coat with snakeskin printed leather and faux shearling is such a conversation piece, who cares what you’re wearing underneath.

THE PARTY SHOE

The Queen of the party shoe, Amina Muaddi, has been causing quite the Instagram frenzy since she launched her eponymous shoe line and it seems lockdown living has done little to dampen her spark. With the signature kick heel, which gives the sleekness of a stiletto without getting caught in pavement cracks (we like this a lot), these blue satin and crystal mules are made for wearing to every invitation that comes your way.

 

THE ANTI-FESTIVE JUMPER

Novelty christmas jumpers, in itchy material that seem dangerously flammable, emblazoned with puns, need never enter your wardrobe. What you want is a jumper that nods to the season, without any clichés, such as this delicious caramel jumper from & Other Stories. Festooned with a pretty diamanté fringe, it's festive, without being too shouty, and can be treasured long after December 25th. 

What you want is a jumper that nods to the season, without any clichés, such as this delicious caramel jumper from & Other Stories festooned with a pretty diamanté fringe.

THE TAILORED TROUSER

The stirruped-trouser is a retro feeled micro-trend of AW20, and these tailored joggers from Self-Portrait are top of my list. Rendered in thick jersey they are as cosy as your favourite lockdown leggings/jogging bottoms, but as put-together as a pair of jeans without the rigidness. Pair with a cashmere sweater or silk blouse, tucked in for instant polish.

THE COOL GIRL PEARLS

Pearls used to be outmoded and a little Granny-ish. Their reputation has definitely turned a tide. Swarovski’s ‘So Cool’ collection is perfect for every day glamour. These earrings resembling safety pins are softened with pavé Swarovski crystals and pearls channelling high-jewellery design at an affordable budget.

THE ESSENTIAL CASHMERE

Strathberry has already won a place in our hearts with it's sophisticated bags, and now there's another reason to love the Edinburgh-based brand even more; with the newly launched oh-so chic cashmere collection of hats, scarfs, ponchos and blankets in a sophisticated muted palette boasting the brand logo. It's almost as if the clever people of Strathberry looked into a crystal ball to predict exactly what we'd want to be wearing come December 1st…

Strathberry has already won a place in our hearts with it’s sophisticated bags and now there’s another reason to love the Edinburgh-based brand even more, with this newly launched and oh-so chic cashmere collection.

THE BEJEWELLED RING

For a self-confessed jewellery Magpie, I am always on the look out for expensive-looking jewellery to add to my collection which is why Daphine piqued my interest with its demi-fine jewels at accessible price points. Gold-plated and finished with a generous smattering of crystals, this is the ultimate ring to dazzle at cocktail hour. 

THE LBD

The LBD is a timeless classic to be worn party after party, and this one ticks all the boxes with velvet, satin and a sparkling waistband. It comes from Harmur, the British mother and daughter trio, which garnered a discerning following thanks to it's sleek silk backless tops that address the ultimate nice top and jeans conundrum. The dress sticks to the brand codes with the signature open back to add a little extra to the otherwise demure silhouette.

The LBD is a timeless classic to be worn party after party and this one ticks all the boxes with velvet, satin and a sparkling waistband.

THE SHEARLING BAG

Our love for shearling knows no bounds, we want it on coats, lining our gloves and also on our bags too. The Los Angeles bag from British luxury handbag brand, Demellier London, already has the VIP stamp of approval carried by the goddess that is Irina Shayk and it just got even more covetable in an ivory shearling iteration. 

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