Glitter and Fur [IshSays]

As much as we all adore a festive flavoured Starbucks latte in a red cup, the twinkling canopy of lights adorning Royal Exchange Square and hearing Mariah Carey bursting about what she wants for Christmas a dozen times a day – as well as being a delightful time of year, the holiday season can also be the most stressful few weeks on the calendar.

Panic present buying and Scotland’s harsh winter weather, mixed with a diary bursting with social engagements and those last university deadlines to meet, can bring even the most confident epicurean into a panic. But dressing yourself and staying stylish doesn’t have to be a hassle. There are two things which will always save you during the winter months, allowing you to cruise through the holiday period: glitter and fur.

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There are few things more classic nor more perfect for frosty Winter nights than a fur coat. Whether fake or the real deal, a fur coat can be thrown on top of anything to keep you snug and looking stylish. Vintage Guru on Byre’s Rd has an excellent collection of pre-loved, affordable furs starting at just £25. Alternatively, animal lovers should hit the high street to find a faux fur, like this plush number from Mango (£69.99). Either paired with some black boots and black skinny jeans for daytime or thrown over your favourite party dress in the evening, a classic fur coat always looks cool whilst keeping you warm.

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The second ingredient to your winter wardrobe has to be a touch of sparkle. All year designers have bombarded us with glitter, studs, metallics and every other type of embellishment imaginable, and if you haven’t succumbed to this trend yet, the weeks leading up to Christmas has to be the time to do it! The key is to focus on accessories and instantly your trusty little black dress will be transformed into a fashionably festive ensemble. Sparkly shoes either with a killer heel or sensible flats will make you feel like Cinderella and will brighten up any outfit. Or go all out with a show stopping dress like this one from French Connection (£230), guaranteed to get you that kiss under the mistletoe!

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Of course, dressing well will not guarantee to solve all of your Winter problems (that flight home might still get delayed due to snow, your family will probably drive you mad and shopping has never been such a stress) but at least you’ll still look fabulous with some fur on your back and some glitter on your heels. Happy Christmas!

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