Christmas is here. It's time to get together with family and friends and enjoy dinner, lunch or whatever your tradition is. It's time a to be happy, to give and receive gifts and of course, to do all that in style! Above all, New Year’s Eve has to end as glamorous as possible. Whether you’re staying at home or going out to a party you should wear clothes that make the most of your body, whatever type it is.
People often ask me how they can create their own personal style. It's difficult but a good start it to experiment with mixing styles. It’s important to step out of the box. Be brave! Take risks! And always remember that style is not a state of mind, it's a way of life. Another approach is to stick to one simple minimalist style. After trying out different things and getting into your comfort zone, you can decide if you want to keep a "mixed style" or a simple one.
The end of the year and the beginning of the new one is the perfect time for a makeover.
Here are some tips and examples of styles and trends you might like. Don't forget to follow me as well on Facebook.
- Style mixing: it's a huge trend but can be difficult to do well. If you don't do it right you could end up looking like a clown and that's not the idea. Start by mixing denim pieces with softer ones. For example, instead of wearing a coat on top of a long dress, wear a denim jacket.
|Dress & denim jacket, Mango. Heels, Topshop. Necklace & clutch, Accessorize. Ring, Uterque.|
|Blazer & t-shirt, Mango. Boyfriend jeans, Pull & Bear. Shoes, Blanco. Necklace, Asos. Clutch, Accessorize. Belt, Uterque.|
- Texture mixing: probably one of the best things about the Autumn is that you can put different textures together for a sophisticated look. Fur and lace, leather and chiffon, chunky knits and silk, leather and cotton, quilted leather with jersey and lace, even (metallic) Lurex with wool. The secret to texture mixing is to stick to a colour palette to achieve a subtle but playful look.
|Leather leggings, t-shirt & necklace, Mango. Coat & bag, Blanco. Shoes, Zara.|
|Dress, Topshop. Faux fur jacket, DKNY. Shoes, Mango. Necklace, Blanco. Lispy diamante stretch head band, Asos. Clutch, Accessorize.|
|Leather blazer, top & pants, Mango. Clutch & necklace, Asos. Shoes & ring, Selfridges.|
- Minimalist: is probably the easiest style to achieve. It gives an ultra-chic look and it never goes out of fashion. Think bold colours, neutrals and simple cuts. Several designers given up adornments in favour of simplicity. Get the look by wearing a neutral colour from head to toe and adding a little pop of colour with accessories, lipstick, or even nail polish.
|Dress, Blanco. Shoes, Zara. Necklace, Parfois. Clutch, Accessorize.|
|Dress, Mango. Shoes, heels.com. Clutch & ring, Accessorize.|
- Colour block: a trend so popular that it's hard to resist. What started with bright colours last Spring is still going strong. The colours are a bit more subdued. Neutrals are often part of the colour block palette, such as a romantic taupe with white, or pale pink with clean white. There's still room for a neon colour, though. Some designers have paired hot pink with burgundy and metallics and the result is spectacular.
|Jacket & blouse, Blanco. Palazzo trousers, peep toe shoes & ring, Mango. Clutch, janenorman.co.uk.|
|Dress, celebboutique.com. Biker jacket & cuff, Mango. Shoes & earrings, Selfridges. Clutch, Accessorize. |