Xmas style survival
Festive fashion SOS! Style consultant to the Duchess of Cambridge, Ginnie Chadwyck-Healey, gives her top tips so that getting dressed doesn't end in stress.
Nothing tests your stamina, credit card limit or your wardrobe more than Christmas. The parties, carol concerts, family celebrations, the pubby walks – all building up to the big one, New Year’s Eve. To ensure we don’t suffer a fashion meltdown, we begged Ex Vogue Editor, Telegraph columnist and style consultant to the Duchess of Cambridge, Ginnie Chadwyck-Healey, to give us her what-to-wear advice so that getting dressed doesn’t end in stress. We then scoured the rails at indie department store Camp Hopson in Newbury to see what was available on our doorstep.
CHRISTMAS EVE DRINKS
I would go all out here. Velvet, sparkle, heels, a hairband. This is the big build up – the fashion crescendo! Enjoy it. If outfit is loud then keep make up balanced. And vice versa.
Ginnie loves: Kitri Studio blue velvet dress, but it’s sold out in most sizes, so wefound this Hobbs velvet leopard print midi dress in midnight blue, £189 – super flattering and very Christmassy. Accessorise with these Jaeger pearl and gold moon earrings, £35, and bright LK Bennett court shoes, £195. Simply grab a clutch and go. All the heart eyes for this leather Lulu Guinness clutch, £245
CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH
The idea that you want to wear heels/ tight dresses and sweltering fabrics all day is a dream for those who should know better by now. I love the idea of a shift dress and ballet pumps or a silk shirt and high-waisted, loose, smart trousers. Perhaps a flash of leopard print (heels/ hairband/ ribbon in hair) and a chunky gold necklace. But something that is elegant and comfortable in equal measure. You want loose fitting items and shoes that feel a bit different to your usual family gathering gettup…. if you’ve got a new dress this year after the insane dress trend wear it today!
Presents are not the only thing topped with a bow on Christmas Day, Ginnie’s lusting after a pair of Fabrizio Viti satin slingbacks. For dresss, Whistles is on fire right now. There wasn’t a single frock we didn’t love, but this shooting star beauty is reduced from £179 to £99. If you’re after trousers, Phase Eight (an often overlooked British brand) has a stunning pair of grey wide legged trousers, £110. Head to The White Company for silk shirts (£119) and, squeals of delight at the Muddy office, they also stock cult trainer brand, Veja (£95) – available instore at Camp Hopson. Just add a chunky gold necklace from Jaeger, £55 and a classic crossbody Coach camera bag, £250, will leave you gloriously hands free to eat and drink all day.
BOXING DAY PUB WALK
Bring out the new big jumper, throw on your favourite (stretchy) jeans and don a hairband to take things up a notch but in such a way that says ‘yeah I just threw this all together’. Boxing Day is for eating, drinking and taking in some fresh air, before a good dose of television and Red wine.
Ginnie’s a huge fan of Chinti & Parker cashmere and Rogue Matilda’s sherling-lined hi-top trainers with Ziggy lightening bolt (£175) – fun, warm and comfier than the hiking boot trend. We likey a lot. Heading out on a walk? Invest in a Barbour. If it’s good enough for Alexa Chung, then it’s good enough for Muddy. No longer just the uniform of the hunting, shooting and fishing crowd, Barbour offers classic and modern styles. You gonna need a knit. It’s baltic out there. LK Bennett’s is more than just nude shoes and frocks, this slouchy cashmere colour block polo is toastier than marshmallows over the fire. The chances are you’ll have jeans, but if you’re looking for the perfect pair, Whistles always deliver great denim that sit higher on the waist and with a bit stretch – a bit of give for that extra mince pie.
This is when we might not be feeling our best after the indulgence so it’s about great skin prep and incredible make-up, perhaps a simple outfit set off with a hint of sparkle. Massage your skin for a good 5 minutes after a long soak. Really prep the skin well. Then take time to perfect the eyeliner. Wear a little more colour than normal on your lips. I’m loving Emma Hardie’s Moringa cleansing balm; Garden Of Wisdom’s age defying Neurphroline Serum and Charlotte Tilbury‘s homage to Amal Clooney’s hot lips, right now.
In terms of clothing I tend to stick to black with gold or silver accents. The focus is on a great red lip for that midnight kiss. (That’s if I make it to midnight!). By sticking to tried and tested fashion formulas will leave more time for cocktails and Champagne. Race you to get ready. We’ll be channelling Robert Palmer’s Addicted To Love musical maidens in this Jaeger jumpsuit, £250, with a White Company tuxedo jacket casually hanging off the shoulders, with a slick on your Bobbi Brown Luxe Lips in Retro Red
If you’re anything like us, then Christmas is also a time to stay in your PJs, watch TV and mainline Celebrations. That doesn’t mean standards have to slip. The White Company is a our go-to for luxury nightwear that are so lush we don’t mind answering the door in it. In our Muddy dreams we’ll be wafting around in a cashmere robe, £298; while wearing Shooting Star PJs, £75 and super-soft slider slippers, £35. Light up a festive pine and eucalyptus Jo Malone candle, £48, and hibernate until the 1 Jan.
Camp Hopson, 7-11 Northbrook St, Newbury RG14 1DN