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Jingle belles

Here is what to wear, and not wear, to wrap your Christmas Eve in fashionable cheer.

Do
Invest in luxurious materials – it’s Christmas Eve after all. Velvet carries such elegant overtones of Victorian vintage, while lace, either as a full outfit or in details, is naughty yet so nice. And any excuse is good enough to buy cashmere.

If your budget is suffering from the economic downturn, no need to panic. You can always take what you wore last Christmas and give it an instant makeover using accessories – a sparkly belt, a statement necklace, an elegant clutch, even just a metallic element will go a long way.

Christmas Eve without elegance is like Rudolph with an average nose. Find inspiration in 1940s vintage – think fine and figure-hugging cuts, glittery clutches, faux fur and bright details. The world may have been black and white in the 1940s, but it was oh-so-colourful.

Don’t
Black is not the only colour that spells out elegance. True, black is the safest of options, but a rich red or a vibrant green will give you such self-confidence. This season especially, winter is all about bright shades and daring combinations. Turn some heads with sky blue, crimson, bright orange and purple.

Agreed – it is the season to sparkle. But don’t overdo it with glitter and sequins or you risk being mistaken for the Christmas tree. Rather, use it in sparse and subtle detail – the tiniest glitter in the right place will still help you shine so bright.

Don’t skimp on shoes – they can make or break an outfit. And killer heels should not kill your spine – too many inches and you’ll totter, too few and no one will notice.

Tell us what you’ll be wearing this Christmas Eve at [email protected]

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