The Christmas Wardrobe Countdown

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Chanel AW18. Photographed by Jason Lloyd Evans

Girls Night Out

Dress Code: Dress to Impress

Be bold with your partywear: anything goes as long as it is #fashionforward. Take your favourite everyday pieces and make them work for nights out as well: throw a hard-working, masculine blazer over a pretty, feminine dress.


Lilac shearling coat, 16 Arlington, €1,950, at Harvey Nichols. Silver sequin dress, €79.95, at Zara. Pink sequined tie belt, Attico, €199, Red and pink Grace kitten-heel shoes, $275; www.


Navy velvet blazer, €150; matching velvet trousers, €99; both at Cos. Stripe faux-fur jacket, Whistles, €1,499, at House of Fraser. Stripe Broadwick leather mules,
Kurt Geiger London, €185, at House of Fraser.


Amber tie-waist satin blazer, Blazé Milano, €2,045; Blush hammered silk skirt, Vince, €299, at Seagreen. Gold, diamanté and pearl earrings, €15.99, at Mango. Camellia minaudière, Chanel, POA, at Brown Thomas.


Black Faith velvet and floral flocked tulle dress, €545; Black Lina suede shoes, €280; Black crystal-beaded hair clip, Simone Rocha, €106; Black Saturn rhodium on brass earrings, €539;


Black Lottie suede mules, €450; blush Lauren asymmetric satin midi skirt, €510; both Rejina Pyo at Gallery 9. Black deconstructed T-shirt, Comme Des Garçons, €585, at Havana. Black Eye earrings, Joanne Hynes, €20, at Dunnes Stores. Platos Beryl ring, POA;

Family Lunch

Dress Code: Feminine Classics

A degree of comfort as well as polish is required. Flats or heels are acceptable. Also consider how your nail polish works with your outfit. A quick coat of fiery red nail polish never fails. Try Chanel’s Velvet Ultime red (636).

Burgundy belted velvet jacket, V by Very, €72; Ombré necklace, €290, at Stonechat. Dried petal pink Esplar sneakers, Veja, €129, at Seagreen. Burgundy Sac a Mosaique, leather handbag, Hermès, POA, at Brown Thomas.

Taupe check jersey top, €340; matching check jersey skirt, €390; both Black embellished leather cuff, Chanel, at Brown Thomas. Black Alphabet embroidered velvet hairclip, Lelet NY, $78;

Pink wool polo-neck sweater, Tara Jarmon €255, at Arnotts. Camel Elin wool-blend trousers, The Row, €1,350; Gold Tigers Eye ring, €25, at & Other Stories. Pink Rachel embellished velvet slippers, €895;

Red leopard-print dress, €275; Burgundy cashmere sweater, €179; Gold Double Wave earrings, €1,399, at Loulerie. Wine Levy leather kitten-heel boots, €790;

Navy velvet blazer, €259; Floral Jeezon tiered skirt, Etoile Isabel Marant, €320, at Costume. White Whisper cotton T-shirt, €18; Black leather boots, €175, at Cos.

Smart Party

Dress Code: Sophisticated

Well-cut smart separates with an emphasis on luxe accessories. The evening bag update for the party season is a plush velvet bejewelled drawstring pouch.

Chandelier earrings, Thomas Sabo, €129; silver bias-cut asymetric hem dress, Róisín Linnane, €369; all at Arnotts. Morrigan oversized silk scarf, €1,290; both at
Brown Thomas.

Rust-red Powolny high-neck dress, Edeline Lee, €860, at Costume. Tortoiseshell multi-hoop earrings, €12.95, at Zara. Tortoiseshell bag, €29.99, at Mango.

Mustard velvet T-shirt, €69, at Cos. Brick red satin-trimmed crepe wide-leg trousers, Kiki de Montparnasse, €375; Gold-tone flower drop earrings, Whistles, €45, at House of Fraser. Burgundy velvet handbag, Furla, €209, at Kildare Village.

White Victoria cotton shirt, €75, at Hobbs. Silver embellished sequined skirt, Erdem, €2,100, at Brown Thomas. Sun, Moon and Stars earrings, MW by Matthew Williamson, €18, at Debenhams.

Burgundy silk ruffle wrap dress, €650; Snakeskin print boots, €69.95, at Zara. Gold rings, Maria Doria Raj, from €790, at the Glucksman Gallery.

Black silk-satin trimmed cashmere coat, Giorgio Armani, €5,550; Black sparkle tulle full-length skirt, No 1 Jenny Packham, €100, at Debenhams. Black Jenna organic cotton-jersey T-shirt, €41; Black embellished velvet bag, €69, at & Other Stories.

New Year’s Eve Ball

Dress Code: High Octane

When dressing up means dressing up! Go out out!

Red silk gown, €3,995; Rose leather fingerless gloves, Chanel, €770; floral crystal cuff, Tom Ford, €1,290; both at Brown Thomas.

Silver sequin dress, €135; Lion drop earrings, Thot Gioielli, €480; Silver Mary Jane mini bucket bag,  €3,790, www.christian

Black one-shoulder gown, €518; and Gallery 9. Black fringed jacket, €59.95; black beaded bag, €45.95; both at Zara.

Copper satin long-line jacket, €1,225; copper velvet-panelled satin maxi skirt, €660; both Haider Ackermann at Gold Strata Keshi pearl earrings, €155;

Silver silk dress, €395; Sequin sweater, €4,500; Embellished Rav mules, €1,995, at Jimmy Choo.

Silver sequin jacket, €59.95; matching trousers, €49.95; both at Zara. Silver crane-print bag, €79, at & Other Stories.  Geometric earrings, €5.99, at Parfois.

New Year’s Day

Dress Code: Downtime Luxe

Dressing up to stay in: mix and match natural fabrics in muted tones.

Mint green cashmere high-neck sweater, €295; Winter white wide-leg trousers, €139, at Hobbs. Silver pearl hoop earrings, €79, at Pandora. Superstar distressed leather and denim sneakers, Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, €365;

Green Paloma silk-satin shirt, €520; matching Paloma trousers, €520; both Deitas at Black crystal necklace with baroque teardrop pearls, €395, at Louise Kenney. Black tiger-print velvet mules, €29.95, at Zara.

Stone Hawking fringed wool sweater, €395; Cream silk camisole, €155 (ipart of set including matching shorts); Grey wide-leg trousers, €99, at & Other Stories. Gold circular clip, €6.99, at Parfois.

Stone ribbed cotton-mix dress, Committed, €79.99, at Mango. Amber earrings, Whistles, €45, at House of Fraser. Brown suede loafers, Committed, €89.99, at Mango.

Fern-print modal scarf, €65; matching cashmere sweater, €180; both Black Genie denim jeans, €380, Black All Star sneakers, Converse, €55, at Brown Thomas.

Aislinn Coffey

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