Fashion: Dial up the drama for Christmas with Rohiny Belani
The festive season is time for your wardrobe to shine. Whether it’s an outfit for Christmas day or your work Christmas do, contributing fashion editor Rohiny Belani has got you covered
Forget chunky Christmas jumpers and throw your trusted wrap skirt out of the window, because this season is all about the drama. From off-shoulder dresses, leopard print and ruffles through to sparkly headbands, the Christmas party season will see every kind of runway style made ready-to-wear. Nothing is off limits.
Whether it’s a rigid schedule of lunch with the family followed by the Queen’s speech or waking up bleary eyed from a banging night out and taking it easy, you cannot go wrong with Anna Mason’s rose-pink dress - with just the right amount of sparkle - for Christmas Day. Wear with a crystal headband for that Great Gatsby vibe.
Bardot mini dress, £880, Anna Mason London
Crystal headband, from a selection, Zara
If your office puts some money into the Christmas bash and you have clients present, then this is your chance to dress to impress. The key is to play with fabrics and ruffles. There’s nothing like making a grand entrance in a floral ruffled maxi dress and, should you take to the dance floor, a dress that swishes and twirls adds that drama we all want.
Stella gown, £1,950, Anna Mason London
Hat, model’s own
Christmas Day is one of those suspend-your-disbelief days: wine at noon when you’re not French, telling your family lame cracker jokes. . . Normal wardrobe rules do not apply, so it’s a good time to try a trend you might not otherwise. This amazing coordinated leopard print outfit from Anna Mason ticks all the boxes if you want to look trendy: ruffles, wide leg pants and a tie up band at the waist (to loosen if that turkey and wine bulge starts appearing during the course of the afternoon).
Beau trousers, £600, and Stella jacket, £700, both Anna Mason London
The little black dress - LBD - has been a wardrobe staple long before Audrey Hepburn wore hers to have Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The ultimate fashion go-to, they can be worn time and again and look great whatever the occasion. With its off-shoulder bow detail and shimmer of glitter, Anna Mason’s Lily dress has all the elements to make it an eye-catching outfit for party season.
Lily bow detailed cold shoulder dress, £925, Anna Mason London
Meet the Team:
Model & Stylist: Rohiny Belani
Photographer: Elodie Giuge
Clothes: Anna Mason London
Make-up: Emily Ray
Hair: Lucy Pettitt
The pictures on these pages were shot at Fen Drayton’s famously elegant train-turned-tearoom, Carriages of Cambridge. The brainchild of Michael Attle, the concept is the result of a trip to India, where he was inspired by a visit to a restaurant located in a colonial railway station. The highest attention to detail has been paid to every aspect of the project, so much so that Carriages even has its own greenhouse, growing ingredients for their high tea service. A must visit if you are a lover of things both chic and vintage.
See carriagesofcambridge.co.uk and follow @carriagescambs for more.
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