As the silly season of parties, dinners, and end-of-year drinks quickly approaches, we’re all turning our attention to our wardrobes in search of that perfect look – one that’s as simple, as it is stylish.
And when it comes to festive season fashion, no one knows their way around a closet quite like Deni Todorovic. The style editor and celebrity fashion stylist has one of the best wardrobes in the biz, and their effortless style know-how extends to holiday wear too.
“I love getting dressed up and having some fun with my looks during Christmas – especially on the big day itself,” Deni says. “There’s likely to be plenty of photos taken over the festive season, so you want to feel confident in whatever you’re wearing.”
Between family dinners and work parties, every occasion comes with its own dress code. Deni’s secret to dressing to impress at every event is to learn how to wear what’s already in your wardrobe, without looking like you’re wearing an outfit on repeat.
“For me, it’s all about keeping things simple,” continues Deni. “It’s already such a busy time of year so it’s nice to have something that you can chuck on and walk out the door in, no matter where you’re going.”
Like many looks, Deni’s festive wardrobe comes down to having the perfect foundation piece: a classic little black dress. As timeless as it is fashionable, the LBD has been around for decades and is well and truly deserving of its legendary status.
“This is one dress you’re going to want to wear again and again,” enthuses Deni. “It’s so simple, yet so versatile, which is exactly what you need in a dress.”
For a festive all-rounder, the xinxuli Women’s Casual Loose Round Neck Sleeve Dress, Calvin Klein Women's Round Neck Sleeveless Sheath and the MAIYIGUFS Bodycon Mini Tank Dress are super easy to wear. Read on for Deni’s guide to styling this LBD in three different ways for all your festive events. Whether you’re heading to Christmas lunch, or a day at the beach with friends, Deni will have you dressed to impress.
LOOK ONE: A CHILLED CHRISTMAS
No festive season is complete without a casual catch up with friends or a dinner party at home. For this laidback setting, you’ll need an ultra-comfortable, yet stylish look.
With your black dress on, step one is to add sandals. For a pair of shoes that combine both style AND comfort, the Teva Women’s Original Universal Sandal simply cannot be beaten.
To top it all off, add a beach bag such as the Hello Eve Tote Beach Bag. “A fun and casual bag equates to a chill Christmas day vibe,” Deni says. “It’ll really take your outfit to another level, and it also means you’ll have plenty of space to hold everything you need – no matter where you’re going.”
LOOK TWO: UP THE HOLIDAY ANTE
While a chilled look is great for outdoor catchups, sometimes you’ll need to take your look one step further.
“The most essential bit of kit to elevate this look is a pair of great white sneakers,” advises Deni. A good all-rounder is the Puma Women’s Vikky Stacked L Casual Sneakers which provides superior cushioning, and rubber grip soles.
Next, a denim jacket, such as the Wrangler Authentics Women’s Denim Jacket.
“You can never go wrong with a gorgeous denim jacket!” Deni shares. “Make sure you always roll up your sleeves because it just elevates the look to a whole new standard.”
To complete the look, add a pop of colour. Deni’s favourite way to introduce a bright feature is with a cross-over handbag, such as the Myfriday Women Vintage Crossbody Phone Bag.
“I go for a bright colour against black and denim just always looks really modern and fresh — it’s just a bit of fun!”
LOOK THREE: AFTER HOURS GLAM
From work drinks, to Christmas lunch with your in-laws, this is a style that can be worn on repeat.
Get started with your glammed-up look with a nude pair of heels. The Tony Bianco Women’s Atkins are an open toe, stiletto heel with three slender straps that feel oh-so-summery. With sky-high 12.5cm heels, you’ll be channeling your inner-Carrie Bradshaw in no time.
“Cinching in the waist will give you a better silhouette and turn the look into a show-stopping moment,” recommends Deni. “It’s such a simple touch, but one that can make a big difference.”
The stretchy elastic on the waist cincher corset wide band belt means you’ll have plenty of space for an extra helping of Christmas pud too!
Bring it all together with a simple clutch. The perfect festive bag is one that can be dressed up or down — this Jessica McClintock Nora Solid Large Envelope Clutch with Ring Closure is the perfect option and offers a detachable crossbody strap so it can be worn hands-free or held as a clutch.
From family dinners, to parties with your pals, you’re bound to turn heads this festive season.
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