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Whether you’re packing to visit family or simply staying at home, journalist, founder of style blog The Edited and mother of two Erica Davies shares her top tips to get festive in a flash

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Party feet

The ultimate party shoes, for less than £30! These velvet bow heels work with everything from cropped trousers to a little black dress.


The festive season is a time of style opposites. One day you’ll be head-to-toe in sequins at an event, the next you’re cosying up at home in loungewear and slippers with the kids. My family alternate our festive breaks between both sets of parents – this year we’ll be at my in-laws’ – which means I have to be clever with my packing to make sure all bases are covered.

For me, the festive season is a time to stay polished but comfortable (elasticated waistbands are a great idea!). Key pieces in luxe fabrics like cashmere crew necks and slouchy velvet trousers always have space in my case. They’re my year-round uniform, but add in statement earrings and a bright lipstick and it’s a look that is perfect for the Christmas period too.

This year I’m also fully embracing what I like to call dressy separates.

These are the pieces I can mix and match with more everyday items to elevate my look. This could be a printed midi skirt, which works wonders with the aforementioned cashmere crew necks, or, equally, simple tailored shirts or tees.

Pinafore dresses and jumpsuits are other must-buys for me at this time of year. Like skirts, pinafores are super versatile and can be teamed with multiple top options, while jumpsuits take zero effort – just throw one on and you’re done.

Finally, if there’s still some room in my case, I like to pack a couple of shoe styles with different heel heights; my essentials include a great pair of party heels, plus boots or trainers for winter walks. Not forgetting slippers, of course – because it wouldn’t be Christmas without them!

Pitch-Perfect looks

Lounging in the house doesn’t mean you have to stick to pyjamas. I love this bohemian blouse – it ticks off spring’s craftwork trend, too.
Combining different textures of cashmere and velvet feels like pure decadence – these trousers make the whole outfit feel more luxe.
Simple dress and party blouse – this is how to pretty up a classic pinafore one-piece. I love the fancy tiered sleeves, which are a big SS17 trend.
Keeping base layers neutral and throwing a cool coat over the top is my go-to tip for easy style. I love this leopard-print design.
A chain bracelet is a modern way to add a statement to any outfit and strike the perfect balance of classic and contemporary.
Tucking a knit into a high-waisted midi skirt gives a great hourglass shape. Let the print shine by paring it back with an understated top.
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Photographer: Eleanor Skan / Stylist: Erica Davies