’Tis the season for style

Sequinned gold jacket, �89; trousers, �49; both La Redoute.
Sequinned gold jacket, �89; trousers, �49; both La Redoute.
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A fashionable Noel demands a versatile wardrobe. When else in the year are you likely to change from snowman jumper to sequin dress on the same day?

Switch effortlessly from desk to dancefloor, or PJs to glad rags, with casualwear upgrade trickery. Look to Santa Claus for inspiration – a statement black belt completes that classic red suit!

Try these transition wonders that work around the festive clock.


Pick out your favourite party frock, or glam top and separates, and turn down the glamour for daytime with a fluffy sweater layered over the top. Avoid jumpers that shed on to your dress underneath and ruin the effect when you unveil.

TWINKLY TRANSFORMER: Metallic party heels will instantly elevate you to dizzy diva heights.


Feet up by the fire? Not with last-minute presents to buy, then delivery rounds to get through and relatives to see.

Straight or skinny jeans will take you from day to night but team with sparkly flat shoes - perfect for pounding pavements, and looking pretty for grandma. If you have a big family gathering, change into a gilt-edged sequin or metallic top to impress your relatives.

TWINKLY TRANSFORMER: A sparkly blazer is ideal for smartening up denim jeans or chinos.


It’s the ultimate lazy day but you can still be slouchy and chic on December 25, with some tactical layering.

For present opening, opt for patterned, silky pyjama trousers for a glam take on frumpy flannel PJs.

Team with a cami underneath a novelty festive jumper, so you can take your look from daytime Christmas table to after-dark turkey canapes – you shouldn’t be cold with the fire roaring and sherry-induced glow.

TWINKLY TRANSFORMER: Move to evening mode with luxe chandelier earrings that rival the baubles on the Christmas tree.


In an ideal world, we would all have hours to perfect our last party look of 2013. In the real world, it might be more like 15 minutes flat.

If you’ve been on the go all day, stick to a trusty LBD for a fail-safe foundation that you can build your look around, with some well-chosen accessories and outerwear that wows.

TWINKLY TRANSFORMER: An eye-catching statement necklace.