Roo's November 2017 Fashion feature published in Cornwall Today Magazine: Words by Roo Cross
Who's ready to Party | Cornwall Today November 2017

As I write this in November, I ask myself: how did we suddenly get here? Every year, it takes me massively by surprise when my daughter says to me with huge excitement: “Mum, it’s only six weeks until Christmas.” SIX WEEKS – it can’t be, can it?

It’s a stealth thing, the Christmas build-up; suddenly, everywhere you go is bedecked in gold, silver and glitter, with shops full of retro tree decorations. It’s no longer all about reindeers; you simply must have a flamingo on your tree. Diaries fill up, and before you know it, you find yourself considering mid-week events as well as both Friday and Saturday nights. There’s no avoiding it, as there just aren’t enough days between now and the big one.

With a full calendar and a variety of events, the question on everyone’s lips is: what to wear? I spend far too much time thinking about this. I have a wardrobe bursting with clothes, so it’s not as if I need to buy anything new – and yet I want to! Christmas party dressing brings out the worst in me; I tend to over-think it, try too hard and overdo it. I wear things I’d never normally wear, leaving me feeling uncomfortable and rather ridiculous. So this year, I’ve decided to take a new approach.

My advice for the party season is this: think of your best feature and dress accordingly. Build up layers and start with a base layer of black; wear shapes and styles you’d wear all year round, and don’t change your look dramatically.

Composite image of studio models wearing a long Free People kimono and a Custommade black silk cami top and a hanger shot of a leopard print jacket

For me, this will be a pair of well fitting, skinny black jeans. Levi’s do a high-waisted, super-flattering pair in jet black. They pull me in so I don’t need to worry about what I’m eating, and they are the ultimate foundation to any outfit. I will pair these with a beautiful black camisole, although they’d work equally well with a black shirt or long-sleeved top. This outfit gives me a silhouette that I feel great in; I can put anything with it, add sky-high stiletto heels (not likely, but I do love to dream!) or gold trainers, or even dress it down with my favourite pair of leopard-print Vans.

Once I feel really great, I can add the glitz and glamour – well, there has to be some as it’s Christmas, after all! Whether it’s a leopard-print jacket, a long, velvet duster coat, a sparkly cardi or a floaty kimono, any one of these will get you in
the mood to party. You can swish and swirl to your heart’s content, safe in the knowledge that if you need to remove the outer, rather ‘showy-offy’ layer, underneath you have a flattering silhouette of black that won’t let you down.

Detail shot of the Free People Gold Dhalia Velvet Duster Coat

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