Summer is almost over and you know what that means. Oh yes, the slow descent into winter has begun. Whether you love this time of the year or you hate it, one thing unites us all – Christmas. If winter is hot on our heels, so is Christmas and the beginning of the party season. It’ll soon be time to dig out your best dancing shoes, your sparkliest mini-dress and your most festive lipstick. Christmas is on its way and you’d better be ready for it.
Just because you’re out spreading good will and good cheer to all, doesn’t mean you can afford to forget your outfit. Christmas is one of the best times of the year for fashion – all of the rules are relaxed and you can get away with being a lot more showy than usual. When it comes to the party season, it’s all about sparkling accessories, says Metro journalist Alison Lynch. If you really want to look like a star this winter, it’s time to invest in one of these rather dazzling signature pieces.
This beautiful heart shaped clutch bag from Glam Confidential is perfect for the holiday season. It’s glitzy, it’s glamorous and it’s completely unique. There’s no chance of turning up to a party and finding out that five other girls have the exact same bag, not this time. It’s not only heart shaped, it has a bright red kiss design on its front. This design is adorned with sparkling pillar-box red crystals, so you can be sure of standing out. It has a silver lining and comes with a detachable silver chain, so you can wear it as a shoulder bag or carry it as a handheld clutch purse. This is a sassy signature piece – the only other accessory that you’ll need to wear with it is self confidence. Do remember to be careful with a bag of this quality and calibre. It’s a hardy, durable piece but it is meant to be a special occasion accessory.
These gorgeous Miu Miu pumps are the perfect winter party accessory, says Elle expert Joe Zee. They come with a pretty hefty price tag, but they’re more than worth the time it’ll probably take you to save up for them. They’ve got a metallic silver finish, so they’re super sparkly and they’ll reflect all of the Christmas lights and tinsel that you happen to walk past. Though they’re sold by Miu Miu as ‘pumps,’ they are worn as traditional heels. In fact, they’ve got quite an impressive heel on them – if you’re not comfortable with high heels, these might not be the shoes for you. Leave these ones to the true glamazons.
If you still think that pearls are too expensive for a regular working gal, think again. These days, freshwater pearls are widely available and they’re a lot less expensive than they were twenty years ago, says HoneyBearLane.com. Don’t be afraid to wear pearls – if you’ve got the confidence to rock them, you will. This particular bracelet has eight strands of quality freshwater pearls, so it’s quite an eye catching accessory. It can be teamed with a single strand pearl necklace or a set of simple pearl earrings. Try to avoid overdoing it with the accessories though – a piece of pearl jewellery should also be your signature statement.
This Elsa Peretti heart shaped pendant is an absolute fashion classic. It’s been worn by countless celebrities and it continues to be a popular choice for film stars, pop divas and high profile supermodels. It’s quite a simple piece, but it makes a bold statement. The pendant and chain are made of solid 18 carat rose gold, so there’s no mistaking this piece for a high street knock off. The heart shaped pendant is very light and hangs very delicately, making it an understated, stylish piece that’s perfect for winter wear.
Donna Smith is a fashion and media graduate who’s close to completing an MA in sustainable design. She saved up for two months to be able to buy a red lips crystal clutch bag from Glam Confidential. Donna can usually be found working on her next project or relaxing after a hard afternoon of study.
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