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Is your wardrobe ready to party?

There’s nothing like self-interest to launch a feature. I need something to wear to a Christmas bash but I’ve no idea what’s fashionable or where to go to find it. So I asked Lizzie, the super-stylish (grrrrr) owner of Frome’s fabulous Elli Fashion boutique, for the lowdown on the main Christmas trends for all of us. Hand that woman an MBE for services to frazzled Muddy women, she totally deserves it!

Turns out this year, it’s all about textures: sparkly sequins,  sheer and diaphanous, funky metallics and soft velvet – sometimes all in the same dress.fabric-collage-2

So first, the sparkles…

The perennial Christmas favourite. This year you can shimmy into the party with big sequins, small sequins, coloured sequins and printed sequins where the fabric pattern has been printed on top of the sequins – almost snake-like – and slinky cropped jackets.


Cindy Sparkle £185, French Connection, from Elli Fashion; Dafina maxi dress £249, Hobbs; Embellished tulle dress, £882 (gulp), Jenny Packham.


Mewslade jacket, £140, Malmon maxi skirt, £160, Me and Thee, from Elli Fashion


Zamora, £109.95, InWear; Lovely Bl, £45, Ichi from Elli Fashion.

Go sheer – if you dare

It isn’t as frightening as it sounds; you can reveal as little or as much as you like. Look for dresses and tops with sheer panels, cut away sleeves with sheer and net inserts, sheer dresses and skirts with short under layers. I love the Jovonna top and skirt below – stunning.


‘L for love’ top £40 and ‘End on end’ skirt £45, Jovonna, from Elli Fashion; Silk overlay dress £110, Jigsaw; Leandra jumpsuit £199, Hobbs.

Marvellous metallics

The easiest way to glam up a Christmas outfit but go steady. One piece only or you could end up looking like the Christmas fairy. It could be detailing on a dress, a pair of metallic trousers or just a small touch – like carrying a clutch. Silver, gold, bronze, pewter…


Audrina, £129, Monsoon, Soaked in luxury diva pants £65, from Elli Fashion.


Tote and clutch bags from £50, Triple 7, from Elli fashion.

And soft, fine velvet

Not like when you wore it the first time around, velvet has had a makeover.  This year it’s ultra fine, hangs beautifully in soft folds and comes in stunning on-trend designs – check out the jumpsuits.


Velvet jumpsuit, £940, Isa Arfen Benita Dress £139, Hobbs, Kumana JS. £45, Ichi, from Elli Fashion.

Lizzie’s got a brilliant array of party wear (as well as day wear) in the shop, with accessories to match. With a background in haute couture and design, she really knows her stuff and she can offer suggestions and advice if you want, without being in the slightest bit pushy.

Frome itself is a funky little town (the 6th trendiest in the UK according to The Times or was it the Telegraph?) with lots to keep you occupied for the best part of a day. There masses of independent shops, especially up on the cobbled Catherine Hill and around Cheap Street (Elli Fashion is on the road which runs across the top of Cheap Street), and enough indie cafes and restaurants to keep you in coffee and delicious lunches for months.

Elli Fashion, 15 King Street, Frome. Somerset, BA11 1BH. Tel 01373 461000.

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5 comments on “Is your wardrobe ready to party?”

  • janet royston December 1, 2016

    Hi I thought GREEN was the in Colour this Christmas?

    • suetucker December 1, 2016

      Over to you Lizzie…

    • Lizzie December 1, 2016

      Green would be lovely for Christmas too!

    • Emma December 1, 2016

      Having a quick squidge through the trend reports I’d say green is a feature, but not ‘the’ colour. Various tones of Red & Green often feature as highlight/ splashes of colour through collections at this time of year.
      I think fashion has moved on somewhat from being tied to one particular colour or theme in a season; and I like how we are now given some variance.
      This is a really good round-up of the various trends you could chose to embrace this Christmas – thank you Sue & Lizzie

      • suetucker December 1, 2016

        Can’t take any of the credit I’m afraid – it’s all Lizzie!


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