With everyone operating in full-on Christmas mode now, picking up last-minute outfits for those highly-anticipated nights out and 11th-hour gifts is a given.
A one-stop shop for clothing, accessories and shoes, the Bon Accord Centre has everything under one roof – and with more than 40 fashion brands in the centre, there’s plenty to choose from.
Personal stylist Laura McNeil, who is also the centre’s style ambassador and works on all their fashion events, has picked out her must-have pieces for the season.
From gorgeous velvet dresses to long glamorous ball gowns and cute, bold playsuits, there’s something for all occasions – be that your Christmas party or the big day itself.
Stand out from the crowd with an elegant floor-length dress this winter at your company’s Christmas ball. Match your handbag with your shoes to create the ultimate full-on glam look and put your best foot forward in a pair of high street or designer heels.
“If you like to show off a bit of leg but still look demure this Phase Eight dress has it all,” said Laura.
“Made of a stretch fabric it makes for a great fit. Finished with a high neck for a more reserved cut, the all over sparkle and beautiful velvet accessories in a deep red pop complete this look perfectly. An amazing addition to your wardrobe that can be used again and again, you’ll look fabulous at any festive ball.
Night out with the girls
Sparkle and glitter is the trend of the season with almost every store boasting the shimmery items.
From full-on hand stitched sequins to glitter detailing, you can go as big and as bold with this trend as you like.
Laura said: “If you’re a fan of short dresses and showing off your pins while going over the top on the sequins, this Karen Millen dress will be great fun for a night out. Add the leopard print fur coat to stay on trend and add the wow factor with this matching bag and heels combo which can easily be used time and time again.”
Karen Millen currently has 25% off everything, meaning this outfit is the Christmas gift that will keep on giving.
And with the colour of the season being silver, it’s easy to incorporate the edgy tone into it.
“Lipsy has an interesting mix of party wear from casual to very formal,” said Laura.
“This little sequined striped number has a beautiful neckline which would work well for someone with an ample bust and great legs – it’s also a very versatile dress meaning it will be a great wardrobe staple. The New Look bag and silver Office shoes are a simple addition so they don’t over complicate the outfit as the dress does all the talking.”
If you’re away out for a boozy Christmas lunch, which may very well turn into a full day of celebrations, then a comfortable playsuit or jumpsuit is an ideal day-to-night garment.
Bold, bright colours and prints are still very in at the moment and easily styled with a pair of heels or wedges.
She said: “Bold brights haven’t disappeared and this New Look bright fuchsia playsuit is a beautiful sassy number. Wear it with a pair of gold sparkly tights, bold necklace and snakeskin heels to make one heck of a fashion statement.
“This glam zebra matching set is perfect for a Christmas afternoon out too. Pair it with a rhinestone bum bag to give it the full fashion effect with a casual edge to it. The silver shoes from Office have a double ankle strap which works perfectly with the shorts, elongating your legs. Whether you end up just out for the day or at a nightclub you are guaranteed to be smashing the party vibe.”
For Christmas Day, we all want to look fabulous but also be comfortable at the same time – especially when eating a three-course meal.
This spectacular forest green velvet dress from Quiz will not only ensure you look the part, but will give you some breathing space for the meal to come.
“If you don’t fancy the sequins this year then velvet is a great alternative,” said Laura.
“It looks beautiful in deep jewelled tones like this forest green Quiz dress. To make this outfit a bit funky I’ve used gold and animal print to vamp it up. The snakeskin Office heels are amazing with clear ankle straps except for the buckles – instant love. And the sequin animal bag is different and fun and should be worn scrunched under the arm with the strap hanging down showing off the gold. Linking in with the bold gold earrings from Quiz this outfit is a must for Christmas.”
For more style inspiration visit any of the Bon Accord’s fashion retailers in the centre.