Style Christmas Your Way

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  • Break the partywear rules and dress with confidence your way – these fabulous readers show how it’s done…

    Back to black: New Year’s Eve party

    Lesley Exley, MD at Exley Hervey Executive Search, and daughter Francesca, 20, who is studying at Leeds university, both live in London and love a bit of glamour for the festive season.

    Francesca keeps it chic with a spaghetti strap dress – and the same detail echoed in her shoes.

    Dress, LK Bennett, Buy now on for £295.

    Shoes, Kurt Geiger, Buy now on for £130.

    Necklace (worn as bracelet), £178, Butler & Wilson, Buy now on for £178.

    Ring, Konplott, Buy now on for £107

    Lesley plays down her patterned coat with simple black trousers.

    Jacket, Joseph Ribkoff, Buy now on for £307.

    Trousers, Joseph, Buy now on for £195.

    Shoes, Lesley’s own.

    Necklace, Konplott, Buy now on for £107.

    Cuff, Halo & Co, Buy now on for £320.

    Ring, Konplott, Buy now on for £49.

    Graphic note: Family get-together
    Sisters Lorna Hayes, 48, and Brenda Katsaros, 50, both live in London with their daughters, Natalie, 17, and Eleni, 12. They’re having a house party at Christmas.

    Natalie keeps on trend with a cropped jumpsuit and this season’s backless shoes.

    Roll neck, Biba, Buy now on for £30.

    Jumpsuit, Next, Buy now on for £48.

    Shoes, Sol Sana, Buy now on for £144.

    Lorna uses vertical stripes to elongate her silhouette. The result? A sophisticated approach to maxi-dress styling.

    Dress, £225, 8-14, Max & Co at Fenwick Bond Street.

    Sandals, Carvela, Buy now on for £125.

    Necklace, Coccinelle, Buy now on for £140.

    Eleni ups the fun factor with a novelty bag.

    Dress, Ted Baker, Buy now on for £159.

    Coca-Cola cross-body bag, Skinny Dip, Buy now on for £30.

    Shoes, French Sole, Buy now on for £95.

    Face mask (worn as a necklace), H&M, Buy now on for £6.99.

    Brenda chooses a formal 1950s skirt, but dresses it down with an everyday blouse.

    Silk top, Massimo Dutti, Buy now on for £54.95.

    Skirt, Ted Baker, Buy now on for £169.

    Bag, Lulu Guinness, Buy now on for £295.

    Sandals, Phase Eight, Buy now on for £99.

    Bangle, Anton Heunis, Buy now on for £120.

    Red alert: Drinks with the girls
    Bonnie Rakhit, 38, is the fashion blogger behind and is friends with pastry chef and blogger Clare Zerny, 37 ( Both live in London, love fashion and like to try new trends.

    Bonnie plays with proportions in this cropped culotte jumpsuit.

    Jumpsuit, Alesha Dixon at Little Black Dress, Buy now on for £129.

    Velvet sandals, Mango, Buy now on for £69.99.

    Clare ups the ante by mixing different shades of red in her outfit and accessories.

    Top, £95; leather skirt, £325, LK Bennett, buy now on

    Tights, Heist, Buy now on for £20.

    Bag, Furla, Buy now on for £305.

    Shoes, Russell & Bromley, Buy now on for £165.

    Ring, Erika, Buy now on for £100.

    Silver linings: Christmas lunch
    Lynda Adey, 71, from Leicetershire, her daughter Pippa Lindsay, 41, from Hertfordshire, and granddaughter Millie, six, like to combine comfort with a bit of sparkle. Pippa runs fashion business Pour Quoi, selling through Facebook and from her home.

    Lynda wears loose knitted layers and adds a luxe edge with snake-print heels.

    Sweater, £45; matching skirt, £40, J by Jasper Conran Buy now on

    Shawl, £239, Exquisite J at Fenwick Bond Street.

    Shoes, £25, Simply Be, Buy now on for £25.

    Bracelet, Ted Baker, Buy now on for £75.

    Millie is a bit of a tomboy so a denim dungaree dress and sparkly trainers are perfect.

    Sweater, Next, Buy now on for £13.

    Dungaree dress, Bluezoo, Buy now on for £16.

    Tights, Monsoon, Buy now on for £8.

    Trainers, Gap, Buy now on for £19.95.

    Pippa loves a super-soft sweater and ramps up the glam with a sequinned skirt.

    Sweater, Hobbs, Buy now on for £89.

    Skirt, JD Williams, Buy now on for £39.

    Shoes, Mint Velvet, Buy now on for £199.

    Bracelet (top) Butler & Wilson, Buy now on for £138.

    Other bracelet, Coccinelle, Buy now on for £93.

    Ring, Adore buy now on for £39.

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