The little black dress is a perennial fashion classic, but when it comes to festive dressing, the little red dress is the one that ticks all the boxes for me. I’ve written before about the red Christmas dresses of Christmas past, and a velvet version of the style staple comes with a heavy dose of sartorial nostalgia as well as effortless festive appeal. When I saw this Victoriana-inspired, ruffle neck, frill sleeve, smocked A-line beauty on the M&S website I knew I had to have it. No sooner had I set my heart on it, it had sold out. Typical! But I was inspired by Charlotte Jacklin of the beautiful Betty Magazine: firstly, I saw how gorgeous it looked in person (well, on her inimitable Insta, but you catch my drift) as opposed to in a cut-out image, and secondly by her steely determination to track down anything sold out. She has serious skills, and I was a woman on a mission too.
Regular Daily refreshing of the M&S site and one suddenly came back in stock in my size. I promptly added it to my bag and checked out before you could say #Bettymademedoit. I do think a lot more about my high street purchases these days as I’ve no interest in throwaway fashion; the M&S velvet A-line dress is a style I know I will wear year after year and has plenty of yuletide mileage to come. The style looks even lovelier in person, the velvet is high quality and hangs beautifully. I wore it for its first festive outing to Hopetoun House for their annual Christmas market along with my faux fur coat, gold vintage frame bag and patent Mary-Janes. I may have been a tad overdressed but if you can’t go all out for the festive season, when can you?!
What are you wearing this festive season? Are you a red velvet fan too?