Festive, Fashionable and Affordable

Xmas JumperChristmas knits are all the rage for a second year running, and whilst a jolly snowman or a smiling reindeer on your chest may have previously come under some ridicule, now you can wear your woolly jumper with pride.  But there is more to the knits this season than just cartoon characters.  With geometric prints, lace cut outs, pastel coloured wools and studs all playing a big part in Christmas jumpers for 2012, there is something for everyones taste! Some affordable and fashionable places to pick up your favourite winter warmer include Tesco from £12 and H&M from £7.99 – both online and instore.


Tip: If you already have a knit jumper then why not bring it up to date by just buying a heavy collar necklace?  These are big this season and come emblazoned with a whole range of materials, from pearls to studs, and sequins to lace.  Simply pop it on over your jumper neckline and you are ready for Christmas!


Metallics are a big hit for the 2012 party season, and nothing says Christmas like a shimmering dress or skirt as it sashays its way around the work party dance floor!  Whether you fancy subtle shimmer or all out rocking glitz and glam, the metallic trend is easy to follow and cheap to create.  New Look are have a big exclusive, pre-christmas online sale right now which includes hundreds of gorgeous, glamorous, sparkling items such as pencil skirts, skater skirts, bandeau dresses covered in sequins and flowing tops adorned with bright and beautiful beading.

Tip: An even easier and cheaper way to give a nod to this trend is with a pair of coloured tights with the metallic thread sewn through them. Great to liven up a well loved Little Black Dress and it means there is no need to splash out on a whole new outfit this year!


Brocade and heavy materials are very Christmas 2012 and will stay around well into 2013.  Channel your granny’s fashion taste circa 1955 and you will be bang on trend!  With a whole range of materials and colours to choose from on the hightstreet, this style has been added to skirts, dresses, peplum tops, cardigans, jackets…even shoes!  This season’s cigarette trousers have had the brocade-treatment at Marks and Spencer in a stunning deep red and black  for just £29.50.  Whatever item or style you fancy this Christmas, there will be something on highstreet for you.

Tip: Brocade scarves are a very affordable way to follow the trend and to bring any outfit bang up to date.   Amazon offer them very reasonably so search for ‘brocade scarf’ and take your pick of your favourite colour!


Trends come and go so there is no need to update your entire wardrobe every season.  A simple, affordable addition to a current ensemble, in the form of an accessory such as a piece of jewllery, a hat or a scarf can really lift the outfit whilst keeping it fashionable (and cosy!)

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