Being ‘Extra’ even if you don’t leave the house…

Dress: £220.50 Sandro (gift). Shoes: £169, Rogue Matilda designed by Freddie Harrel (gift). Lipstick: £29, Trish McEvoy.  Photographs: Joe Galvin.

Just because I don’t have any plans to leave my sofa this holiday season, doesn’t mean I don’t want to look nice, too.

I suppose my party season style is so low-key anyway, it doesn’t really matter whether I’m dining at The Ritz (I’m not) or watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, part of the fun of this time of year is dressing up – but for me, it always has a side of ‘dress down’. Here are three things to try:


This is something Hannah from @EnBrogue does so well. I love dresses and skirts and sequins, but I don’t always love heels. I have my moments, but more often than not I feel so much more comfortable once I’ve taken off the heels and accepted I’ll be walking home in my flats – so why not try the entire evening in comfortable shoes. A revelation, right?!

And you can get so many dressy flats these days too, it’s easy to flip it the other way too –  jeans, tee and sparkly flats. Pretty much my dream combo.



Jumper: £59, La Redoute. Hair clips: £5 for a set of 3, Accesorize. Sequin skirt: H&M (old). Heels: Topshop (old).

I would never have thought, when I bought this skirt last spring, that I would get SO much wear out of a pink midi sequin skirt. I’ve worn it with a tee, hoodie and trainers, with a dressier top at night and now it has come into its own with a chunky jumper.

It’s true: opposites attract and I love the juxtaposition of dress down sloppy jumpers with pretty perfect sequins. And the hair clips add a nice fashiony nod, too.

If you’re looking for an affordable little extra to make an existing outfit feel fresh, I can highly recommend some £5 hairclips (these are from Accessorize for a set, but I bought these from Asos last week, too).


T-shirt: Markus Lupfer (gift). Skirt: Asos (old). Trainers: Veja. Earrings: J Crew (old).

I’m nothing if not a master of alliteration. I have had this tulle skirt for a few years now and it always comes out at some point. However, I don’t think I have ever really worn it out with heels, much preferring trainers, knitwear or t-shirts. There is something wonderfully indulgent about wearing tulle around the house or with trainers – this for me is my perfect Christmas day outfit. Or at least a close second to a fleecy onesie.


  1. You are great at mixing dressy with casual. This is something that I feel younger people can get a way with. The look is fabulous on you. As yet the jury is still out for people my age – im not sure that I like it on older people. Possibly a persons personality has to come into the style as well.

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