Despite what every brand tells you at this time of year, not every occasion calls for a bedazzled jumpsuit, floor length bodycon dress or a pair of heels so high you’ll need your taxi to drop you right at the door. Whether you live in a city or out in the sticks, you won’t have failed to notice that in a lot of places this level of getting dolled up is actually pretty rare. Plenty of us will actually do a lot of our festive socialising straight after work, at a cosy dinner or round someone’s house, taking an altogether more casual approach to partying. Not to mention that, following years of working from home, some of us simply value comfort too highly to stop wearing flat shoes now. But that doesn’t mean glamour is off the cards – far from it.
Instead, our focus is on finding statement pieces that elevate other pieces in our wardrobe, while embracing those traditional party tropes – sequins, glitter, shine – in shapes and styles that feel more befitting of our lives now. While plenty of brands are still harping on about the dancefloor, there’s one brand who has figured out that the rest of us need the kind of glamour that can slip effortlessly into our everyday lives – and that’s M&S.