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AFFORDABLE FESTIVE FASHION INSPIRATION



Wondering what to wear over the fetsive season? ESP's style writer Karen Miller has affordable looks to make you feel a million dollars...


Christmas is nearly here and with all of the shopping for presents, planning meals, attending events you probably haven’t had time to think about what you’ll wear on the day itself or to the various events you havelined up.  So here are some ideas from our photo shoot at the Holiday Inn Peterborough West to provide you with some inspiration for Christmas and New Year.


Sequins and Knitwear

Balancing the two textures enable you to be comfortable and glam at the same time. Adding these fabulous chunky boots keeps the outfit practical as well as stylish. Remember to balance the proportions to ensure it’s flattering.  If you’re pear shaped or hourglass make sure the sweater shows off your waist.


Outfit Details

Skirt – New Look £32.99

Sweater – New Look £27.99

Boots – New Look £37.99



Outfit Below

Cardigan – New Look £25.99

Top – New Look £25.99

Skirt – New Look £25.99

Boots – New Look £37.99



The Knitted Dress

One of the most versatile and comfortable looks this season is the knitted dress. There are so many options on the high street that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Just make sure that the material is soft enough to be comfortable all day and add a touch of glam with accessories.


Outfit Below

Dress – Quiz £36.99

Faux Leather Biker Jacket - £49.99

Boots – Stylist's own



Outfit Below

Dress – New Look £35.99

Belt - £8.99

Boots - £27.99

Bag - £19.99


Leather or Faux Leather Leggings


One of the easiest ways to elevate your outfit is leather or faux leather trousers or leggings.  Boot cut styles are super popular this year and are generally flattering to all shapes and sizes, however the skinny look is also continuing to be a feature. Look for items with some detail like these great gold buttons on the waist line. Pair with either knitwear or a classic white shirt and add some glam with a cool pair of heels if you can manage it or swap for trainers if the idea of heels leaves you cold!


Outfit Below

Sweater – New Look £25.99

Faux Leather Leggings – Quiz £26.99

Shoes – Quiz £34.99

Bag – New Look £17.99



Faux Fur

If you’re looking to ramp up the glam factor for the evening a faux fur coat is so versatile.  Drape it over your shoulders for instant glamour, combine with jeans and a simple top for day time or this gorgeous sequin dress for your New Year's Eve.


Outfit Below

Coat – New Look £59.99

Dress – Quiz £44.99

Shoes – 17.99



The Little Black Dress

A little black dress in a great fabric continues to be your best friend for parties.  This gorgeous dress is made from a soft velvet and has feathers on the hem.  Look for details with subtle embellishments like lace, sequins, feathers or beads and shapes such as wrap dresses or ‘a’ line styles combine comfort and glamour at the same time.  Adding a statement colour to your outfit instantly makes your outfit more interesting and festive. 


Outfit Below

Dress – New Look £25.99

Shoes – Quiz £34.99

Bag – New Look £15.99




Our thanks to the Peterborough retailers in Queensgate - Quiz and New Look for their help with this feature and to the Holiday Inn Peterborough West.


Styling and words: Karen Miller www.in-styleconsulting.com

Model: Gemma Royce

Location: Holiday Inn Peterborough West https://www.facebook.com/HolidayInnPeterboroughWest

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