Festive Wear: Novelty Knits For Christmas

I am finding it a little weird that my love for festive novelty jumpers isn’t being laughed at this year, rather than everyone feeling it is a little naff, it seems everyone is getting in on the act. A couple of weeks ago I shared the Net-a-Porter collection of designer Christmas jumpers, which I have to admit I am still thinking of splurging on, but I felt that I should look at more affordable options. I am a love of snowflakes, animals, snowmen and even Santa motif jumpers, and I have tracked down some beauties.

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I am loving that there are so many swan jumpers about, these are my two favourites:

Intarsia Swan Jumper, £37, Miss Selfridge

Fluffy Swan Intarsia Jumper, £55, Oasis

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I think animal jumpers are always my favourites, and I have gone for the cute, the fluffy, the Royal and a little on the weird side!!

Knitted Rabbit Jumper, £39, Miss Selfridge

Ivory Penguin Long Line Jumper, £35, Dorothy Perkins

Joules, Monty Corgi Print Jumper, £69.95, John Lewis

Paul & Joe, Intarsia Sheep Jumper, £135, ASOS

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Can’t go too wrong with a reindeer jumper, traditional yet still on trend with the animal jumpers, also mix in reindeer with a fairisle print and you are working a very wintery look.

ASOS Collection, T-shirt with Oversize Reindeer, £18, ASOS – OK technically not a jumper, but still just as cute

Pins & Needles Reindeer Sweatshirt, £35, Urban Outfitters

Ted Baker, Macha Patterned Sweater, £99, Ted Baker

Warehouse, Stag Print Sweater, £35, House of Fraser

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This isn’t actually a theme rather the traditional snowflake versus the neon naff, in a good way of course. Both are great Christmas jumpers – which one do you prefer?

Vila Nordic Knitted Snowflake Jumper, £50, ASOS

ASOS Collection, Neon Christmas Jumper, £35, ASOS

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But my vote for the best Christmas jumper and the one I think I might wear this Christmas day has to be this gorgeous Panda Jumper from ASOS. I have been a little obsessed with planning a trip to Edinburgh just to see the new Panda’s at the zoo and this will help ease the pain of not being able to go until the New Year. Also it is such a great price at only £30.

Which one is your favourite?

Sale Frenzy: My Favourite High Street Finds

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1. Warehouse

This floral stripe prom dress is a half-price bargain and is perfect for a summer party. Now only £25.

2. Oasis

I have been after a sheer blouse for a while, and this long-sleeved shirt adorned with a safari inspired spot print is perfect. Pair over a plain vest, and team with jeans or skinny trousers. Did I mention that this beauty is now only £25, down from £40.

3. Miss Selfridge

I have a black satchel that I love and I have been thinking of adding a tan one to my collection, this is a gorgeous 100% leather tooled bag and is now half price at £25.

4. Dorothy Perkins

I think this is my favourite pick of all the sale items I have seen; this orange embroidered sundress is so cute and will look amazing if we ever get a perfect summer!! What makes this 50s style dress has to be the amazing embroidery neck detailing, also the price as it is down from £55 to £30.

5. Schuh

I don’t hide the fact that Schuh is one of my favourite shoe shops, so I just had to include them in my sale picks. I have chosen these granny-inspired beauties, not only because they are 62% off, I know crazy right, but I think that they are the perfect flats. Now only £14.99, the Schuh Kane leather cut-out buckle sandals in stone, have a vintage vibe that I am loving at the moment, and I think they would look great with my cute ankle socks from Tabio.

6. Debenhams

I love Designers at Debenhams especially H! by Henry Holland, and I think this black fifties style cherry skirt would be a perfect addition alongside my cherry print dress. Not a huge saving but it is now under £20.

Daily Shop: Perfect Birthday Dress

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I know I have kind of overdone my Birthday posts/tweets, sad I know but I still get excited by all the treats my loved ones surprise me with, well I thought I would dedicate daily shop to it as well.

I love skater dresses, as any silhouette that nips in at the waist and kicks out for the skirt is a great in my opinion. This is a great dress from Miss Selfridge, £42, the colour, the shape and team it with wedges and a straw bag and it will be summer perfection.

AW11 Press Day: Miss Selfridge Ladylike Chic

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Like with Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge presented its most colourful autumn/winter collection to date, with reds, greens, mustards and blues all showcased. Rather than the primary colour palette of DP it felt like Miss Selfridge had gone for a grown-up approach to colour, but still featuring head-to-toe colour.

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The ladylike collection has taken its inspiration from 30s, 40s, 50s, and 70s, utilising colour, minimalist tailoring and flashes of feminine touches with bows and split sleeves. My favourite pieces were the elements inspired by 1950’s screen sirens with there Hollywood glamour, and the gorgeous 1930’s cocktail dresses for a vintage vibe, and I adore all the Art Deco detailing.

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One thing I wasn’t sure off were the turbans, admittedly they looked amazing styled at the press day, and will be amazing in editorial spreads but I couldn’t see myself wearing it come autumn.

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Hot Trend: Colour Blocking – Dress Alert

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It seems that the high street has taken inspiration from the runway shows of Gucci, Prada, Christopher Kane, Prada, Diane Von Furstenberg and Marc Jacobs and embraced colour blocking. The high street is full of juicy colour palettes of rainbow shades, simple silhouettes, and has a wow factor, which is perfect for summery conditions.

For maximum impact be brave and wear the look head-to-toe, go for hot pinks, tangerine, yellow and blues; also considering mixing shades – how about electric blues with summery yellows; reds soothed with greens; or my personal favourite Barbie pinks teamed with vibrant oranges.

However, if like me you need to work up to full on colour blocking, how about just doing pops of colour with your jewellery and accessories. Try a neon belt with a little black dress, or go for a bright pop shade on your nails to clash with your dress.

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1. Oasis, Dobby colourblock dress, £55 – this is my favourite of the five looks as I just love how this dress nips in at the waist and has a flared skirt – tres chic

2. Dorothy Perkins, coral colourblock shift dress, £28 – this is a great colour pairing

3. Miss Selfridge, colourblock bengaline dress, £38 – this is the sexy colour blocking frock, not sure I could quite pull it off, but if you’ve gone it you so have to flaunt it in this!!

4. Warehouse, colour block wrap dress, £60 – this is when 70s meets colour blocking in such a good way, this is a way to embrace the trend without having to go for bright shades but yet still allowing you to look glamorous

5. New Look, colour block t-shirt tunic, £26.99 – after comfortable and colourful? Then this is the one for you, tunic style is super flattering and it is in a lightweight fabric making it perfect for the summer

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