New Year’s Eve

If you’re fretting about what to wear for New Year’s Eve, The Lady’s Maid has rounded up a few of her favourite picks from the Christmas Sales to help you welcome the New Year in style.

Outerwear can be a bit of a conundrum when it comes to evening clothes – you don’t want to spoil your party look with the final layer, so it’s worth investing in one coat that will cover all evening outfits. A long-line black coat is a safe bet, but The Lady’s Maid’s favourite look for evening is winter white. A white coat is a classic wardrobe staple for evening events and will go with every outfit. Bright colours especially, like the dazzling pink dress from L. K. Bennett shown below, will be neutralised by a white or off-white cover-up.


dark pink sequin dress, L.K. Bennett, £275 (reduced from £550); white wool wrap coat, Max Mara, £730, Black box clutch, Dune, £40 (reduced from £65); black satin stilettos, Karen Millen, £65 (reduced from £99); rose gold tourmaline drop chain earrings, London Road, £295, MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, “To Matte With Love”, £17.50; Dior Vernis Nail Polish, “The Icons, Bonheur 661” £20.


Another option for evening cover is the cape – a chic way of shielding your shoulders from the cold winter’s night, while still revealing a glimpse of your glad-rags below. The one pictured here is not on sale, but works well with a black jumpsuit. The black jumpsuit is turning into the new Little Black Dress in terms of its wearability and versatility. This one from Whistles continues the summer’s “cold shoulder” trend and is now half-price.


black jumpsuit, Whistles, £89 (was £179); black pearl studded court shoes, Dune, £84 (was £120)
Ivory cape, The Row, £1,375, studded clutch bag, Carvela, £39 (was £79); Starry Night diamond star stud earrings, London Road, £595; Dior Rouge “Precious Rocks” Lipstick, £35; Opi Nail polish, £12.50.


The Lady’s Maid loves this metallic fitted coat by Bruce Oldfield at John Lewis. More of a statement piece in itself, you’ll want to keep it on all night! Shown here with a metallic blue dress from Ralph Lauren, available from House of Fraser, and pewter accessories.

Screen Shot 2017-12-27 at 20.42.10.png
metallic navy chevron dress, Lauren Ralph Lauren, £90 (was £180); Metallic dress coat, Bruce Oldfield at John Lewis, £114.50 (was £229); pewter clutch bag, Dune, £32.50 (was £65); Pewter heels, Steve Madden, £85; claret red lipstick, Bobbi Brown, £24; OPI nail polish, £!2.50; drop earrings, Ted Baker, £59.


If you’re staying at home but still want to dress up a little, why not go for fancy flats – velvet embellished flats, like these from Aquazurra, are a simple way of dressing up a plain outfit. 2017 has seen flat footwear appear more frequently in evening wear, which is a relief for those who struggle with the discomfort that the lofty heights of heels can cause after a night of partying. If you have to carry your shoes at the end of the night, you know it’s time to go home.


Screen Shot 2017-12-28 at 08.09.14.png
silver midi skirt, Reiss, £150; off-white top, Reiss, £85 (was £130); stellar embellished velvet flats, Aauazzura, £318 (was £636); swarovski crystal drop earrings, John Lewis, £25 (was £50). Gathered midi skirt, Reiss, £65 (was £130); sparkle jumper, Jigsaw, £68 (was £98); bronze leather flats, L.K. Bennett, £67; baroque faux pearl and crystal antique gold drop earrings, John Lewis, £8, (was £16)


Happy holidays!



Christmas Party Dresses 

As Christmas falls in the midst of bleak midwinter, you may find the prospect of wearing short party dresses a little uninviting. Sparkly sandals may look pretty, but they only really look good on bare legs – tight-seamed toes are a fashion no-no – so if you are wearing a short dress, The Lady’s Maid advises going for dressy court shoes so that you don’t freeze as you tip-toe around the party circuit this festive season. As a dress code, cocktail dresses are traditionally short in length (mini to knee length). Christmas is a great time to go for rich jewel shades – think sapphire blue, emerald green and burgundy red – or metallic silver/gold sequinned numbers. Here are the Lady’s Maid’s top picks for party dresses on the high street:


Screen Shot 2017-12-09 at 16.54.12
Ted Baker embellished pleated dress, £249; Adrianna Papell embroidered crepe shift dress, £230; Whistles Aria star embroidered dress, £185; L.K. Bennett Matilde black/gold courts, £150; Coast black/gold clutch, £45; Karen Millen satin stilettos, £45



Screen Shot 2017-12-09 at 16.45.36
Warehouse navy velvet tieback dress, £36.80; TopShop royal blue fringe beaded dress, £150; Ted Baker Jeanne Stardust flute sleeve dress, £199; blue satin clutch – Bottega Veneta; L.K. Bennett blue metallic court shoes, £129-£195



Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 09.57.15
Whistles green satin pleated scrappy dress, £169; Adrianna Papell sequin shift dress with flared cuff, £142.50; L.K. Bennett Kara evergreen velvet dress. £295KG by Kurt Geiger Silver Stiletto Court Shoes, £79.20-£99Dune Everlina Clutch Bag, Silver, £112; Ted Baker Tie the Knot Azeline Bow Stiletto Heeled Court Shoes, Silver, £126



Screen Shot 2017-12-09 at 17.17.49
Principles by Ben de Lisi – Gold sequin knee length shift dress, £63.20; L.K. Bennett Jazz Sequin Dress, Silver, £175; Dune silver clutch, £48-£52Steve Madden Daisie Stiletto Heeled Court Shoes, Pewter, £68Steve Madden Daisie Stiletto Heeled Court Shoes, Rose Gold, £68L.K. Bennett Flora Clutch Bag, Soft Gold, £157


Screen Shot 2017-12-09 at 16.40.39
Reiss, Zaira wrap neck cocktail dress, crimson, £195Dune Eterrnal Clutch Bag, Gold, £52L.K. Bennett Fern Pointed Toe Leather Court Shoes, Gold, £129-£195


Screen Shot 2017-12-09 at 17.40.07
Fenn Wright Manson Elaoise Dress, Wine, £199L.K. Bennett Nina Suede Box Clutch Bag, Poppy, £195L.K. Bennett Floret Pointed Court Shoes, Poppy Suede, £175



Screen Shot 2017-12-09 at 16.31.02
Lace and Beads Low Back Short Dress, Burgundy, £100Reiss Rana Halterneck Dress, Wine, £180Boden Carrie Stiletto Heeled Court Shoes, Burgundy, £68.60-£88.20Ted Baker Cena Bow Evening Clutch Bag, Oxblood, £109

⭐️🎄Christmas Jumpers🎄⭐️

Christmas jumpers are a fun novelty addition to the wardrobe during the festive season – you may not want to “dress up” when at home on Christmas Day so donning a Christmas jumper can be a comfy and casual way of entering into the festive spirit. They can be stylish too – The Lady’s Maid suggests selecting Fairisle or star patterns ⭐️ so that you can wear them a little longer than the 12 days of Christmas!🎄 Here are her top picks for festive knitwear and how to wear them:

Star Embellished Novelty Jumper, £29.50, Marks and Spencer

Screen Shot 2017-12-05 at 14.20.14

A light-weight knit that can easily be tucked into skirts or worn casually with jeans. Shown here dressed down with jeans from Mint Velvet and Grey suede boots from Ted Baker. Or dress it up with a silver pleated skirt, block heel sandals from Whistles and matching clutch from Dune.

Screen Shot 2017-12-03 at 10.16.46

Berry Red Snowflake Jumper, £26, Dorothy Perkins

Screen Shot 2017-12-05 at 15.44.18

Features pretty diamanté snowflake embellishents. Shown here with a maroon pleated skirt from Ted Baker and Burgundy velvet heels from Boden.

Screen Shot 2017-12-05 at 15.33.43

Star Black Cashmere Sweater, Chinti and Parker £350

Screen Shot 2017-12-05 at 14.40.14

Luxurious and playful – this starry “forever sweater” is shown here with cashmere star wristwarmers and hat from Brora, black scrunch suede ankle boots from Carvela Kurt Geiger and a winter white coat from Ted Baker.

Screen Shot 2017-12-05 at 15.21.32

Jewelled Fairisle Cashmere Jumper, N Peal, £399

Screen Shot 2017-12-05 at 15.16.50

Farisle is a stylish alternative to the novelty jumper and looks trendy as well as traditional. Perfect for cosy Christmas weekend walks. Seen here with tan leather Dune boots a tan Jaeger wrap wool coat and cream cable beanie hat.


Fliss Fairisle Jumper, Monsoon, £55

Screen Shot 2017-12-05 at 14.56.04

This cosy cream/grey fair isle jumper from Monsoon features pretty sparkling beads across the pattern. Shown here with a long wool skirt from Joseph, grey suede ankle boots from Mint Velvet, a faux fur jacket from Reiss and star earrings from Estella Bartlett.


Screen Shot 2017-12-05 at 16.20.51



Christmas Stocking Fillers

With the arrival of Advent, The Lady’s Maid’s mind has turned to the small matter of Christmas shopping. This post looks at her favourite ideas for Christmas stocking fillers with a Lady’s Maid’s leaning.

Liberty Print Sewing Roll Kit, John Lewis, £15.95



No Lady’s Maid would be without a sewing kit. This useful sewing kit from Liberty has everything you’ll need to make basic sewing alterations on the go. Features a classic ‘The Strawberry Thief’ Liberty print.

Katie Loxton Travel Jewellery Case, “Sparkle Everyday”, John Lewis, £19.99



This pretty gold leather heart jewellery case, lined with grey suede, is the perfect travel accessory to keep your jewels safe on the go so you can sparkle every day everywhere!

Cashmere Pilling Comb, M&S, £5


If Father Christmas has brought you a luxury cashmere jumper this year, you will need to give it plenty of TLC to keep it in top condition. Knitwear is prone to pilling (little bobbles) after wear, so a pilling comb is essential for all those who covet cashmere. (See Caring for Cashmere for more tips on the care of woollen knitwear).

Golden Lily Lavender Eye Mask, Morris & Co., £16  


If the festive season gets a little too much, you can relax in style with this Golden Lily Lavender Eye Mask from Morris & Co., featuring a classic William Morris print.

Vintage & Co. Fabrics & Flowers Scented Drawer Liners, Heathcote & Ivory, £7


Scented drawer liners will help keep your clothing fresh as well as repelling bugs such as moths. These vintage fabric and flowers patterned liners from Heathcote & Ivory will also add a touch of colour to your drawers and shelves. (Fragrance Notes: Orange Blossom, Sweet Birch, Gardenia, Jasmine, Rose, Lilac, Coconut, Peach, Amber and Vanilla). See The Scourge of the Moth for more tips on how to repel this pesky pest.

Mini Initial Lavender Pillow, Museum Selection, £9


Delicate, hand-embroidered cotton pillows filled with lavender inspired by Victorian embroidery. Lavender is particularly hated by moths, so place these in your knitwear drawers to help keep moths at bay.

“Star of Wonder” Myrrh & Opium Flower Scented Candle, M&S, £7.50


Christmas candles create a cosy ambience on winter nights at home – this Myrrh and Opium candle from M&S is subtle and exotic without being overpowering.

L’Occitane Refreshing Verbena Bauble, M&S, £12


The Lady’s Maid’s dainty hands suffer in wintertime, especially when she is hand-washing delicates! This festive bauble will add a little luxury to your hand-care. Inside the gold bauble there are three L’Occitane verbena surprises: verbena soap gently cleanses, and the hand cream and body lotion protect and moisturise hands and skin, leaving behind an invigorating scent.

Twelve Poems for Christmas, Seren, £5


A sparkling anthology of Christmas-themed poems to peruse over the festive season.

Charbonnel et Walker Milk Chocolate Handbag & Heels, John Lewis, £7


Stylish and tasty – the perfect gift for every shoe-loving lady!

How to Dress for Success, V&A Shop, £9.99


Edith Head, Hollywood designer to the stars, offers no-nonsense fashion advice straight from the 1960s. There is still much to learn today from Head’s witty style tips and delightful drawings. Bound in real cloth with ribbon page marker and foil embossing.

Happy Advent!