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All that glitters isn’t cold

By River Reporter Dec 8, 2011

By Emma Hooper

If Christmas isn’t the time to shine, when is? A blend of shimmering pieces, consisting of sequins and glitter are all you need for festive fun, with dark accessories to inject some attitude.

But if you’re not into the sparkle, feathers are also a chic alternative for getting noticed this Christmas. The variety also means you don’t have to work the feather trend full on. The femininity of feathers is appearing all over the high street on jewellery, clutch bags, hair pieces and even shoes.

Feathers look like they could be sticking around for Spring/Summer 2012. Alexander McQueen and Dolce and Gabbana have already showcased feathers at their latest shows, so don’t be afraid to invest in some feathery fashion.

This season’s winter trends are borrowed from 1920’s style with feathered features, sequinned skirts and smart suits.

1920’s female fashion was very flamboyant, smart but sexy, to show how powerful women had become after being given the vote. War was finally over, art and creative expression were alive again and with it came a new era of fashion.

Men often wore double breasted sports jackets and suits with two or three buttons. Trousers were worn at the natural waistline, often with cuffs at the end. As an accessory, men would wear pocket watches chained to their vests and a smart bowler hat to complete their look.

Men can make an entrance in a mixture of smart separates or a suit in rich tones of burgundy, grey and black.

Special touches including subtle glitter trims, contrast collars or high shine finishes ensure you’re the best dressed at any festive do during the party period.

To see how you can achieve the look without spending all your Christmas money, The River has put together some easy DIY Christmas chic pieces for you to recycle and create from last season’s wardrobe in our next issue out next Friday.

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