Styling Tips For… The Festive Season

It’s not even December yet, but Christmas will be here before we know it. You may have already received an invitation (or several) to holiday events, so now’s the time to start planning ahead and making sure you’re hitting all the right style notes this season. While there are plenty of new sparkly styles making their way into the shops right now, why not begin by looking at your own wardrobe and seeing what outfits you can put together from pieces in there? Working with what you already have will save you time and money and, with a little bit of planning now, you’ll sail through this holiday season.

Make A List And Check It Twice

So, where to begin? A good place to start is to make a list of all the events you’ll be attending, including family get-togethers, school events, work functions, nights out with friends etc. This will give you a starting point of the number of outfits you’ll need, and also give you an idea of where you might be able to repeat outfits, if you’re attending events with different groups of people. Putting everything onto one list will also let you see where there might be any scheduling conflicts, so you can bow out gracefully in advance if necessary, rather than panicking on the day. Once you have your list of events and outfits you can start the planning process – just give yourself an hour or so to get everything organised.

Bottoms up

Chances are you have much of what you need to get through the holiday season in your wardrobe. When it comes to your bottom half, a pair of well-cut black trousers or a black skirt will take you to most holiday events – simply dress them up with different shoes/tops/accessories as needed. Most people own either one or the other and, if you don’t, they are good pieces in which to invest. Choose a style that most flatters your body shape, e.g. a bootcut trouser or A-line skirt for ‘pears’ while straight leg trouser and pencil skirts are best for ‘Columns’ Not sure what shape you are? Click here to find out.

Top Pick

Now it’s time to look at all your tops. Consider what might work for different occasions – for example, a festive Christmas jumper might work well for both the school play and a family get-together, while a silk blouse can be worn tucked in to one formal event or open and loose over a camisole for another. Anything with a bit of sparkle is perfect for this time of year, while bright colours add warmth to cold nights. And don’t forget your jacket! Temperatures are dropping and you don’t want to arrive at your event freezing cold, or shiver your way home. A smart leather jacket is a good compromise for warmth and style, as are this season’s faux fur and shearling styles, such as this beauty from The Bias Cut.

Once you’ve put together outfit combinations for each event on your list, make a note of each so you’ll be organised on the day (or night). And, if you do find you need to go out and get one or two new pieces to complete your holiday looks, you’ll have plenty of time to do so, rather than panicking the day before you’re due to go out.

Dress it up

If you’re someone who wears a lot of dresses, chances are you’ll have quite a few options for the holiday season already in your wardrobe. Even sleeveless summer styles can work well at formal events when worn with a warm jacket or luxe wrap/scarf, and simply changing up your accessories can give you a new look for another event. If you don’t have any suitable dresses but would like to invest in something to wear now and in the future, once again look for a style that will suit your body shape. Black, navy or charcoal are safe bets, as, depending on the style, they can also be worn during the day for a less formal look, meaning you get a lot more wear for your money. But, you know what, I don’t really do safe! Try a new colour – you’ll be surprised how it will update and change your look. However, make sure it’s an a shade that suits you. Choosing fabric with texture or subtle embroidery details will add interest, too.


Accessories are key to completing your outfits, especially if you’re going to be repeating looks at several events. Different shoes, belts, scarves and jewellery can take outfits from casual to dressy with minimal effort and expense so, once again, assess everything you have to see how it might work best with your list of outfit combinations. Get out your glitzy earrings, necklaces and bracelets –even if you don’t usually do glitz, this is the time of year where they’ll definitely work!

If you do need to invest in one or two accessories, try to choose items that will give you as much mileage as possible by going with multiple outfits, especially when it comes to bigger-ticket items like shoes and bags. One fab set of sparkly shoes with matching bag can be worn with both skirts and trousers as well as being bang on trend for the season. Heeled ankle boots are a smart option that can be worn day or night, and will take you into the new year, as will a metallic leather clutch. TKMaxx is a great source for unusual shoes and accessories, while ASOS is fab for affordable stylish touches.

Icing On The Cake

So, you’ve completed your list, got your outfits together, and bought those one or two pieces you needed to finish your looks. Now it’s time to relax and treat yourself by indulging in a facial, new haircut or perhaps even a sparkly manicure to finish your season in style. Taking some time to look after yourself is part of getting ready for what can be a very hectic time of year. And you don’t have to spend a lot – there are recipes for home-made facials online, while beauty schools often offer hairstyling at a discounted rate, perfect if you need a one-off look for a specific event. Check the web for schools in your area.

And Finally… Be Yourself

This is a time of year when, whatever our religious persuasion, we spend time with family and friends.

If you feel like wearing wonderful African prints, head to toe glitter or a simple black outfit, wear them with a smile and enjoy yourself! Planning ahead will take the stress out of the season and, when you choose outfits in styles that flatter you, you’ll be at your very best, wherever you go.

Wishing you all a wonderful run up to holiday season!

RabunaStylist with love Xx

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Bukky Ayoade

Bukky Ayoade is a Stylist to Senior Professionals, Business Owners & Ministry Leaders. She is passionate about empowering women, help them to look and feel great by showing them how to dress and style their unique bodies. She believes that great style breeds confidence and success and is on a mission to make that happen for her clients. Contact Bukky or find her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn for more styling tips and advice.

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