Christmas is definitely a time of excess. If you’re like me, you spend money like water.
Buying present after present.
An extra bottle of port (cause you can never have too much port).
A new dress for the office party (because you can’t possibly wear the one you wore to different party the week before).
The drinks with friends (because you have to catch up at Christmas, even though the rest of the year is entirely at your disposal).
This Christmas I’m trying to be a little different. To cut back a little bit. I’ve already said no to many different functions – an act helped by the fact that I’m disappearing on holiday for two weeks at the start of December. I’ve cut back on who I’m buying presents for, and tried to make those presents a little more personal.
And, most surprisingly, I haven’t purchased 1001 party dresses.
I love party dresses. And regular readers will know that I normally go crazy for posting the things this time of year. But, as lovely as embellished wrap dresses and fringed sequinned numbers are, they are simply not practical for my life right now. They will be worn once, then live discarded in the back of the wardrobe for months before being sold online for a fraction of their original value.
Instead, this Christmas, I’m going to be focusing on party wear that has a purpose. It will be luxurious, that’s for sure, but it can be worn again.
In fact, the item that I’m sharing with you to day has been worn so much that it’s already been to the dry cleaners twice!
Blazers have long been my way of elevating an outfit and this Velvet Blazer from Elvi does just that. It is luxurious in its deep burgundy colour and soft velvet material whilst remaining sharply tailored.
I love bold clean lines at the moment; uncluttered dressing that allows a statement piece like this jacket to shine. The dark burgundy looks phenomenal against classic colours of navy, black and grey. Add a flash of gold jewellery and you have the perfect day-to-night outfit.
I’ve styled it here for just that; running from the office to the bar. Switching out loafers for heels and adding a flash of lipstick.
I’m wearing the blazer as a pant suit, clashing the textures of leather and velvet. Yet I think it would look equally amazing with a simple bodycon dress or a lingerie inspired number. The square lines creating a masculine silhouette against the overt femininity of the dress beneath.
I adore this blazer – perhaps more than any of my party dresses. And I’m really looking forward to discovering more and more ways to style it.
Do you have a “practical” item that will see you through party season?