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The Night Of


Tis the season of all things after dark (which isn’t hard considering it’s getting dark in London at 4 p.m right now) and seemingly overnight, your wardrobe is likely feeling the need for all those night owl textures that feel slightly more decadent than your standard uniform of Levis, boots and silk shirt.

Cocktail, Black Tie and the dreaded smart casual… There’s no end of smarter than your usual dress codes at this time of year. Or if you’re like me, no end of excuses to wear velvet, metallics and lurex. Oh my.

In terms of getting dressed on a daily basis, you’ll know by now I’m eternally a bit scruffy around the edges and translating that into dressy dress codes can be tricky but I feel like I’ve just about figured it out. I’m a firm believer that even longstanding tomboys can wear a velvet mini dress and feel like themselves if it’s done in the right way. But first up, velvet trousers, which incidentally have already become my go-to for every kind of event this winter. I think I’ve got about 5 pairs in my wardrobe by now but this Claret-coloured tailored pair from Topshop are the ultimate in terms of festive separates. And if you thought you couldn’t double team on the velvet, think again. This top and trousers combo in any other fabric might feel fairly low-key but in rich velvet, suddenly you’re both comfortable, free of goose-bumps and black-tie appropriate which is a win-win in my world.

And call me a narcissist, but the sight of those gold sandals and scarlet cigarette pants together makes me all kind of happy.

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If the night of [insert important Christmas party here] requires a little more leg and a little less trouser, enter the mini dress. I’ve always been a big fan of super-short frocks with long sleeves and high neck; for 5ft 4 inch me, it just toes the line perfectly between making an entrance and not feeling so overdressed (or underdressed as the case may be) that my immediate instinct is to go home and change after walking through the door. I love these gold sandals so much but I’d also feel very ‘me’ if I teamed some kind of patent black ankle boot with the dress. But in the spirit of thinking about elevated black tie dressing, I figured why not go all out just this once…

Maybe you can tell from my new sofa that I’m pretty into velvet these days too… While I didn’t intentionally mean to match it, it’s a happy coincidence I’ll admit.

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Velvet trousers | Topshop
Velvet shirt | Topshop
Gold heels | Topshop
Velvet mini dress | Topshop
Bag | Gucci
Necklace | Lucy Williams X Missoma
Earrings | Lucy Williams X Missoma
Sofa | Loaf
Rug | Frances Loom

Ph. by Frances Davison
Created in collaboration with Topshop