Every year, come mid November I begin to feel like I should be investing in some kind of lurex or sequin clad ensemble. It’s a feeling that causes me mild anxiety because frankly party wear is not my safe zone. Due to the preoccupation that my clothes should be as versatile as possible, much of what I wear can span day or night and sometimes even seasons. So you can appreciate why I struggle with clothing that screams christmas party. BUT, before you write me off as a fashion bar humbug, I have to say I’m not completely adverse to some ‘special’ party wear. More specifically of the velvet variety. Before christmas arrived in stores (back in July I think?), velvet had made an appearance on the AW17 runway thanks to Prada, Gucci, Erdem and Max Mara to name just a few. It’s also the second year running that the trend has had such a moment, with AW16 characterised by this strokeable fabric. So I feel I can justify dipping my toe into this personally unchartered territory, and embrace the occasion wear theme, because right now it feels like velvet could be for life, not just for christmas.
And it goes without saying that right now M&S have an abundance of velvet pieces, not only in the clothing department but shoes and accessories too. When shopping for this outfit all I could think was, “if only there were a velvet bag to match my suit all would be well…” So imagine my delight when I stumbled upon this starry velvet clutch— the perfect finishing touch that really brings my party outfit to life.
Lipstick + Lipliner: MAC Ruby Woo
Post in association with Marks and Spencer.
All words and styling my own.
Photography by Dunja Opalko.