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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

An alternative to a Christmas dress.

Morning.

Middle of the week already, and we're charging along into the festive period at speed.  I'm trying my hardest to jump on that train - where I can hang off grabbing cards, presents, food and drink that I'll be needing in the not too distant future!  Every year I try very hard to be one of those people who say by about the first of December "they're done" or "just one more present to buy", and every year I fail miserably.  You can bet your bottom dollar I'll be buying last minute bits and pieces on Christmas Eve, wrapping in the small hours after an afternoon/evening out, preparation of the turkey, veg, pate and setting the table through very bleary eyes - it's okay I know I'm not alone, lots of you will be doing it!  Why won't we learn lol!

Today I'm showing how you can wear black trousers and a stylish blouse instead of a dress to almost any festive occasion, obviously there are events when a dress is called for, but on the less formal parties and outings trousers are agreeable to many of us - giving comfort along with style and class.  They can be paired with all sorts of tops and blouses, shoes and boots.  Here's how I've styled mine.

Starting with these straight leg pants from Dorothy Perkins, for a steal at £16, these will set you up for Christmas, New Year and a host of other formal to casual events to either dress up or down.
I've chosen this beautiful black and gold blouse from Debenhams,  It's from the petite section by Ben de Lisi, and has a gold foil leaf detailing over the black chiffon blouse.  On offer now for a cool £24.50, but you're going to look hot in it!
Teaming this look with black patent court shoes, these are old favourites from Nine West in Debenhams, you simply can't go wrong with a black patent shoe, so worth splashing out for a comfortable pair that will last not only this season but many more!



 Such a beautiful location right on my doorstep - how lucky am I? 





Such a clever photographer my god-daughter is.  Capturing some amazing shots, however note to self - make sure you paint your nails next time, lol!


Favouring this Forever 21 Chanel style clutch bag. Check this out for a mere £9.99 here.  Great idea for a stocking filler for your daughter, sister, mum or your aunt!  Coming in two other colours maybe a cheeky present from you to you for this price!

Photographs c/o Esther Ruby Photography.
 How do you like the neck detail, very fashionable now choker style, and very flattering!
You can't really tell in these shots, but the pattern is gold leaf print and does shimmer in the light.



Black court shoes - perfect for almost any outfit. 

Linking with High Latitude Style.

Cheerio from an over fifty fashion blogger. Enjoy your Wednesday.  X

                   Jacqui B.

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18 comments

  1. Great outfit, and painted nails are overrated! :) Such a pretty view, too!

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    1. Aww thanks Beth, glad you like it. I'm spoilt with this local view! Thank you for stopping by.

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  2. Hello Gorgeous!! Great top, you are one beautiful, class act!!

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    1. Oh thanks Andrea, coming from someone as lovely as you I'm very flattered.

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  3. Thanks for joining the Ageless Style linkup party. Very chic outfit! Perfect for going to a Christmas brunch.

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    1. Thank Nicole, glad you like this outfit, thanks for hosting the link up. x

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  4. Such a great outfit that can take you to so many different events. Well put together, Jacqui. You look lovely! And so does that sea behind you, beautifully shot by your talented goddaughter. You put me to shame with your location shoots. Mine tend to be an unprepped shot in the house before I rush out!
    However I'm better with Christmas preps than photos as I decided a few years ago that I wanted to ENJOY December. All is on track, shame I've now got a stonkin' festive cold too and all my plans have been put on hold - I'm typing this between gigantic sneezes!

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    1. So pleased you like it and agree with me. I'm very lucky to have an aspiring photographer - we have fun when out together too. I know what you mean some of my selfies are quickly taken in odd places! But as long as we've got some sort of photo it enhances the blog post for sure. Me too with the cold! Beechams all the way!

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  5. Love that top!!! Definitely something I would wear and it would be perfect for a holiday dress alternative - especially for a work holiday party or something - you look amazing!

    Sarah Bell
    Trendy & Tidy

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    1. Hi Sarah, pleased you like it - yes a party of maybe dinner would be a perfect occasion to wear this. Thanks for your kind words. x

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  6. I'm a last minute present buyer too lol!! I like your alternative to wearing a dress on festive occasions. You look very elegant and chic! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

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    1. Pleased I'm not alone - lol. Thank you for your lovely comments. x

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  7. love the idea of wearing dress pants! super chic!

    kelseybang.com

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  8. Beautiful alternative to a dress or skirt for a special occasion! I am glad you said what the print is because I couldn't quite tell. Even better it is gold! Thanks so much for linking up with Fabulous Friday! Also, I am currently looking for co-hosts, so I hope you will consider the opportunity.

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comments, yes the photos don't really show the foil clearly. Co-hosting sounds great, I'd love to join you, I'll check on your blog. x

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  9. This is a gorgeous alternative for a special event! This is such a chic look!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. I'm glad you agree Jill, thanks for stopping by.x

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