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Be a little advent-urous; Forget the chocolates and focus on your fashion advent. Lisa Haynes reveals how to plan your festive closet.

Byline: Lisa Haynes

AFASHIONABLE Noel demands a versatile wardrobe. When else in the year are you likely to change from snowman jumper to sequin dress on the same day? But you don't need to plan entire outfit changes for the December festivities.

Try these transition wonders that work around the festive clock.

OFFICE PARTY "TRANSFORM from working girl to glamour puss by choosing your daytime pieces well in the first place," advises Annebelle van Tongeren, author of Dress Like A Star.

Pick out your favourite party frock, or glam top and separates, and turn down the glamour for daytime with a fluffy sweater layered over the top. Avoid jumpers that shed on to your dress underneath and ruin the effect when you unveil.

TWINKLY TRANSFORMER: Metallic party heels will elevate you to dizzy diva heights.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FEET up by the fire? Not with last-minute presents to buy, then delivery rounds to get through and relatives to see.

Straight or skinny jeans will take you from day to night but team with sparkly flat shoes. If you have a big family gathering, change into a gilt-edged sequin or metallic top to impress your relatives.

TWINKLY TRANSFORMER: A sparkly blazer is ideal for smartening up denim jeans or chinos.

CHRISTMAS DAY IT'S the ultimate lazy day but you can still be slouchy and chic with some tactical layering. "Use more feminine fabrics for the pieces underneath," advises van Tongeren. "Silk camis hiding under big knits will transform your look from day to night in seconds." For present opening, opt for patterned, silky pyjama trousers.

TWINKLY TRANSFORMER: Move to evening mode with luxe chandelier earrings.

NEW YEAR'S EVE STICK to a trusty LBD for a fail-safe foundation that you can build your look around, with some well-chosen accessories and outerwear that wows.

"Dresses are simple to transform," assures van Tongeren. "The change of subtle day jewellery to something more sparkly, the addition of a killer coat, and some glamorous high heels replacing your sensible shoes and you are ready to go."

Intensify your make-up with a bold lip or touch of shimmer.

TWINKLY TRANSFORMER: A statement necklace will make your dress look dance floor ready.


Add some sparkle ... Kelly Brook for New Look red sequin cami, PS22.99 ( Red-y to party... Next red jewel heels, PS46 (www. Festive feel... Fluffy jumper, PS22; sequin stripe trousers, PS20; metallic court shoes, PS15; all Boohoo ( Silver lining... Dorothy Perkins silver jacquard jacket, PS31.50, ( Ear-ring in the New Year... Martine Wester Cosmic statement medallion earrings, PS87 ( So here knit is merry Christmas... Festive knitwear, from PS12.99; TK Maxx (

Treemendous... Hepsey sequin jacket, PS198; Cheston crew knit, PS89.50; Hilmead skinny velvet jeans, PS59.50; Highmoor red tartan shirt, PS49.50; Exelby skirt, PS59.50; all Jack Wills (

You are gold... Sequinned gold jacket, PS89; trousers, PS49; both La Redoute (0844 842 2222/ www. laredoute
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 10, 2013
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