Fashion: How to have a vintage Christmas

Whether you’re staying in or going out, the festive season is filled with reasons to dress up. Showcasing preloved pieces from Brooks, the designer dress agency in Saffron Walden, Velvet’s contributing fashion editor Rohiny Belani pulls together looks for every Christmas occasion

This Christmas, Boris announcements pending, we might actually get to go to a Christmas party in real life. And if we're about to celebrate the festive season with real life friends in a real life fancy venue, then the occasion is going to demand dresses, six inch heels, sparkly clutch bags, faux fur and more. Because socialising is fabulous, and we need to embrace all the joy we can get.

Whether you're looking for a work Christmas party outfit or deciding on a Christmas day outfit to wear with your family on December 25, we've got you covered.

Lady in Red

Buy this Victoria Beckham dress this December and your Christmas calendar is sorted. The dress is as comfy as pyjamas but will make a statement at formal events teamed with a cropped jacket, a sparkly bag and statement earrings.

Dress: Victoria Beckham

Sling back shoes: Hobbs London

Faux fur jacket: Vero Moda

Blue Christmas

If red isn't your colour, opt for deeper shades of blue instead. Paul Smith’s floral shirt is intended for lounging, but when paired with a luxe pair of trousers and dusted with a long statement necklace, it works perfectly for Christmas brunch or evening drinks on the sofa.

Shirt: Paul Smith

Velvet trousers: Rosemunde

Shoes: Nicola Sexton

Wrap it Up

Festive outfits can feel relevant beyond December 25. Throw on a camel coat, add a bit of colour with a scarf and keep cosy with a faux fur hat on your post-lunch walk to really cement the Seventies feel.

Coat: Zara

Jeans: Waven

Boots: Russell and Bromley

Hat: Helen Moore

Meet the Team

Model: Rohiny Belani - @asweetrohmance

Photographer: Tanya Kalbachova - @t.kalbachova

Hair: Marina Moore - @bridalhairbymarina;

Makeup: Victoria Taylor - @victoriataylormua;

Location: The Westleton Crown - @thewestletoncrown;

Outfits: Brooks Designer Dress Agency - @brooksdressa;

On Location

Part of the Chestnut boutique hospitality collection - which has 15 (and counting) properties across East Anglia, including Moulton’s The Packhorse, The Northgate in Bury St Edmunds and The Rupert Brooke in Grantchester - The Westleton Crown sits on a quintessential Suffolk village green.

Its decor inspired by the surrounding countryside, the inn has just had a floor-to-rafters refurbishment, making it the ideal location for this year’s festive fashion shoot.

Like all properties in Chestnut’s portfolio, The Westleton Crown has its own distinctive personality while offering the same high standard of hospitality as its sister sites. Designed to be the perfect destination for both dining out and staying away, it has an acclaimed restaurant (the kitchen is helmed by Kieren Drinkwater, known for hero-ing local and seasonal produce) and rooms (which, equal parts chic and comfy, are dog-friendly, too).

Offering a festive menu November 20 to December 23 inclusive - spanning the traditional (smoked salmon, turkey and trimmings, Christmas pud) and original (mushroom and chestnut soup, butternut squash ragu, mulled wine poached pear) - the crown is also hosting Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve festivities and special seasonal breaks.

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