A Fun and Fashionable Feast of Love!

Glamorous guest blogger @shortstoriesandskirts shows us how to dress for the party season with her favourite Lands’ End looks.

Christmas is just around the corner, and slowly but surely we are beginning to feel that pleasant anticipation for the festivities about to unfold. The holiday season never fails to warm our hearts and puts us into that oh so important magical mood. The streets are lit up with bright lights, Christmas songs resonate, and the sweet smell of freshly baked cookies is heavy in the air. These merry days are a feast for all our senses… and you know which one of mine gets triggered the most? My sense of style!

A time for get-togethers!

I get so excited about all the opportunities the Christmas season has in store: from elegant dinner parties, to traditional family gatherings and cosy boxing days spent at home with the little ones. It’s time to celebrate, and have a fun and fashionable feast of love! But wait, as much as my inner fashionista falls for all things sparkly I am still a rational kind of style searcher.

Timeless quality

I prefer to choose timeless quality items that will last me longer than just New Year’s Eve. Because fashion-wise nothing is sadder than glittering gear that gets worn just once and ends up gathering dust somewhere in the back of the closet. But what’s a fashionista to do when she has so many parties and dinners to attend? Fear not, Lands’ End has plenty of wonderful classics that can be dressed up or down with ease. Now let me officially ring in the festive season with my favourite Lands’ End looks:

 Glamourous sophistication

What is more elegant than a shift dress?
Well, I’d say a shift dress that fits like a glove and
makes you feel oh so Audrey Hepburn. An icon who perfectly
proved that the classic LBD makes a beautiful calm canvas
ripe for fabulous adornment. With Christmas looming we
finally have a valid reason to outshine the stars!
So why not rummage through your jewellery box, dig
out some precious rocks and glam up your shift dress
with pearls, crystals or those treasured family heirlooms
that have been waiting for a chance to perform!

I chose this beautiful two-toned shift dress because
it’s just so versatile: glammed up it’s perfect for festive dinner
parties, but with my hounds tooth print coat it can be styled into
suitable work attire in no time. Just make sure that you leave your
Tiara and all the bling bling at home. That billion-dollar-look
might lead your colleagues to ask for a pay rise!

 

Traditionally Festive

For family gatherings during Christmas I prefer a more traditional
but never the less equally as fabulous look. Velvet is a great fabric
to look and feel festive in – I simply love the luscious and luxurious
touch of it! My choice is this classic A-line dress by Lands’ End.
The stretchy velvet is so pleasant to wear whilst the flowy skirt
playfully swirls around my legs. To highlight this look I added my
Swarovski jewellery that resembles shining stars.

Since I have more than one family gathering on my list this year
I also picked out a fantastic jersey pleat front dress in a solemnly
shade of red. I am absolutely delighted
by its fit, shaping a flawless and feminine silhouette.
The front pleats create a flattering and forgiving effect over
the tummy – and of course that’ll give me a great excuse to have more than
just one dessert! Even when the Christmas season is over, both the velvet
and the pleated dress will take me from desk to dinner in style.

 

Casual ‘n Cosy Christmas

The best part of Christmas is the moments when I can finally spend
quality time with my husband and our kids. On Boxing Day
we have our own family tradition that we celebrate every year.
Our house is turned into a “Cosy Island”, that’s what my kids
like to call it when I pile all the blankets and cushions on our
living-room floor next to the Christmas tree. Finally, it’s time
for long cuddles, hot cocoa and cookies whilst watching our favourite
classic movies. Such bliss! Those magical moments become even more
enjoyable when wearing sumptuously soft lounge knits. Lands’ End’s
latest collection takes leisurewear to the next level. The hoodie
and pull-ons I’m wearing here are so fluffy that I switch into
relaxation mode as soon as I put them on; just perfect for curling
up on our ‘Cosy little Island’. And when it’s time to leave my comfort
zone again I can simply take that soft heavenly feeling with me wherever
I go. All I need to do is throw on a pair of sneakers and rock the look
super casually. Or, in case I’m in the mood to channel my inner diva a
quick change into high heels will immediately elevate this stylish
combo …and off I strut spreading those all important Hollywood
vibes with a hint of festive cheer!

Shop the Look

Women's Regular Sleeveless Colourblock Shift Dress

Ponte Jersey is incredibly versatile; a slightly weightier fabric, it means these dresses don't cling, they skim over your curves in a flattering way. And the styling is just so elegant with its refined contrast bands and duo of lovely rich colours. It will look perfect worn with a cardigan or smart jacket. Another dress to add to your favourites list!

Women's 3-quarter Sleeve Velvet A-line Dress

Here's a real day-to-evening stunner! A classic A-line dress that deserves its place in every woman's wardrobe. You'll feel a million dollars in this luxe stretchy knitted velvet fabric, guaranteed to make every occasion feel extra special. And to keep it looking this good, we advise you hang rather than fold this dress to avoid flattening the luscious velvet pile.

Women's Ponte Jersey Pleat Front Dress

A simple shift with an elegant twist. This Ponte jersey dress features beautifully draped pleats from a dart at the waist. Radiating outwards, these pleats create a flattering, slimming effect over the tummy area. Turn around and we've added visual interest to the back too, with a streak of silver metal in the form of an exposed zip. Sleek modern architecture for the figure!

Women's Soft Leisure Fleece Sweater Hoodie

Part of our Soft Leisure collection, this mixed media hoodie takes loungewear to the next level. Made from a beautifully soft fleece at the front and sleeves, with a smart sweatshirt body, it's the perfect casual layer for popping on over your jeans at the weekend. The ultimate 'wear in, wear' out collection that proves comfort and style don't have to be a compromise.

Women's Luxe Fleece Joggers

Escape the stress of your busy schedule and relax in our luxe joggers! Brushed inside and out, these sweat pants are perfect for 'time out' at home, taking you to and from the gym, or for the lucky ones - that escape to the spa. The pampering quality of the stretchy soft fabric is the ideal antidote to a busy day. And thanks to stretch, these joggers retain their shape even after many washes.

Women's Lightweight Suede Trainers

The ultra-lightweight trainers you love, dressed up with a premium suede upper and glittery heel - less athletic, more laid-back chic. The near-weightless, flexible foam sole lets you pad around in superb comfort, while the neoprene collar means a smooth fit and sleek, streamlined aesthetics.

Women's Regular Suede Moccasin Slippers

Whether it's a chilly morning or the end of a hard day, you'll love sinking your feet into these moccasin slippers and their cosy-soft faux fur lining. Practical rubber soles let you pad safely outdoors to fetch the milk/call the cat.