Valentino Bag Charity Raffle

I’m raffling this Valentino “Va Va Voom” red crystal and leather bag worth over £1,000 to raise funds for the British Red Cross Emergency Beirut Appeal.

Prior to the horrific explosion on 4 August Lebanon was already in crisis with a 50% poverty rate, and hospitals struggling to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. The Lebanese people are in desperate need of help and as fashion is the only thing I can help with I decided to raffle this dazzling bag worth over £1000! All funds raised go directly to The Red Cross Beirut Appeal – helping to provide basic things like food, medical supplies and shelter to those affected by the explosion. As many as 300,000 people have been made homeless, 6,000 people are injured and 200 lives have been lost.

How to enter the raffle: Follow this link to my Just Giving fundraising page and make a donation to The British Red Cross Emergency Beirut Appeal. (Suggested amount £10, but any donation will be accepted as an entry).

The winner will be chosen at random (please leave an Instagram handle or email address in the message of your donation so that the winner can be notified). Good luck!

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Alicia

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Styled With Thanks

Royal Ascot At Home

It was a very different Royal Ascot this year – being held behind closed doors. But lots of people still got involved with the style of the occasion by dressing up in their finery at home for the #styledwiththanks charity appeal. Never knowingly underdressed I of course seized the opportunity to join in!  With all events cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, small occasion wear businesses have been hit particularly hard – who wants to buy a hat with no weddings to go to?! Well apparently some ladies do as all six hats in the charity hat sale at The Cotswold Hat Club were sold! Three of my outfits were featured in “best dressed” press coverage by The Daily Telegraph  💁🏻 which is also excellent exposure for these brands helping them to stay visible in uncertain times.

I’ve detailed below all the outfits from my Royal Ascot at Home feature – lots of the discount codes expire today but some are valid until the end of June – see the brand profiles at the bottom of the page for details. The end of lockdown may be in sight, so wouldn’t it be nice to have a fancy outfit to re-enter reality with?!

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N.B. I don’t take any commission from the sales in my Royal Ascot at Home feature – all profits made go to the designers and charities. All outfits on loan for the week.

Unless otherwise stated my discount codes mentioned below will be valid from 14-30 June 2020 

Click here if you would like to make a direct donation to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

Find out more about the charities Royal Ascot is raising funds for here.

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Saturday 20 June 2020

Day 5

 

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   Ascot at Home Day 5 2  Ascot Tea

  1.  Hat 1 – Camilla Rose ; Hat 2 – Juliette Botterill / Cotswold Hat Club.
  2. Dress – Caroline Charles. 25% off with my code: THELADYSMAID25
  3. Clutches – Wilbur & Gussie . 10% of sales go to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. All purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW will receive a free rainbow crystal brooch.
  4. Shoes – Marks & Spencer

 

 


 

Friday 19 June 2020

Lisa Redman

  1. Hat – Juliette Botterill at The Cotswold Hat Club.
  2. Dress Coat – Made to order from Lisa Redman. 15% off bespoke orders when quoting The Lady’s Maid.
  3. Bag – L.K. Bennett
  4. Shoes – Boden

 

Stine Goya

Dress – Stine Goya at Mojo & McCoy. 20% off with the discount code: theladysmaid20


 

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  1. Hat – Juliette Botterill/Cotswold Hat Club.
  2. Dress and dress coat – Lalage Beaumont. A 10% discount at Lalage Beaumont is available during Royal Ascot week with the code: THELADYSMAID. A further 10% of sales will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  3. Bag and shoes – Sargasso & Grey. 15% off with the code: ladysmaid. 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  4. Earrings – Susan Caplan. 15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

 

Day 4

Day 4 dress

 



 

Thursday 18 June 2020 

25% off full price items at Caroline Charles is available until 30 June. and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity AppealDiscount code: THELADYSMAID25.

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  1. Pink jacquard coat and dress – Caroline Charles. 25% off with my code: THELADYSMAID25
  2. Hat – Juliette Botterill from The Cotswold Hat Club
  3. Clutch – Wilbur and Gussie. 10% of sales go to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. All purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW will receive a free rainbow crystal brooch.
  4. Earrings – Jennifer Gibson 
  5. Shoes – Boden 

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  1. Mango dress coat and dress  – Caroline Charles. 25% off with my code: THELADYSMAID25
  2. Earrings – Susan Caplan. 15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal
  3. Hat – Juliette Botterill from The Cotswold Hat Club
  4. Clutch – Wilbur & Gussie

 

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Wednesday 17 June 2020

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  1. Hat – Rachel Trevor-Morgan
  2. Dress – Ethereal London . 10% with the discount code: ladysmaid10. 10% of sales will be donation to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  3. Bag  and Shoes – Sargasso & Grey 15% off with the code: ladysmaid. 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  4. Earrings – Susan Caplan.  15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

Ascot Wednesday

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Featured in The Daily Telegraph on 19 June 2020:


 

Tuesday 16 June 2020

Ascot Tuesday 2020

  1. Hat – Camilla Rose Millinery. 10% of sales at Camilla Rose during Royal Ascot week will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal. (Please quote The Lady’s Maid at time of sale).
  2. Dress – Mojo & McCoy / Saloni. 20% off using the discount code: theladysmaid20.
  3. Bag – Wilbur & Gussie. 10% of sales go to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. All purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW will receive a free rainbow crystal brooch.
  4. Earrings – Sister Sister Collective.
  5. Shoes – M&S

 

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Monday 15 June 2020

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  1. Dress: Lalage Beaumont. A 10% discount at Lalage Beaumont is available during Royal Ascot week with the code: THELADYSMAID. A further 10% of sales will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  2. Hat: Cotswold Hat Club / Rosa Olivia Millinery
  3. Bag: Wilbur & Gussie. Customised Charlie clutch with a horse brooch. Free rainbow crystal brooch on all purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW.
  4. Earrings – Susan Caplan. 15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal
  5. Shoes: Marks & Spencer


 

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Featured Brands:

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I’ll be posting a new premium hat below each day, Monday 15 – Saturday 20 June up for sale at  The Cotswold Hat Club. 20% of the purchase price will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal. Contact Rachel at The Cotswold Hat Club directly to purchase.

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Styling ideas for these hats:

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  1. Hat – Sophie Hunter at The Cotswold Hat Club. SOLD. Contact Cotswold Hat Club to purchase. 20% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  2. Dress – Suzannah at Mojo & McCoy.  20% off using the discount code: theladysmaid20
  3. Bag – Wilbur & Gussie. Free rainbow crystal brooch on all purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW.
  4. Shoes – Sargasso & Grey. 15% off with the code: ladysmaid. 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  5. Earrings – Susan Caplan. 15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

 

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  1. Hat by Jennifer Wrynne at The Cotswold Hat Club. SOLD. Contact Cotswold Hat Club to purchase. 20% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  2. Mango jacquard coat – Caroline Charles. 25% off full price items at Caroline Charles is available during Royal Ascot week and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal. Discount code: THELADYSMAID10.
  3. Earrings – Susan Caplan. 15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal
  4. Bag – Wilbur & Gussie. 10% of sales go to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. All purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW will receive a free rainbow crystal brooch.
  5. Shoes – L.K. Bennett.

 

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  1. Hat – Sarah Cant at Cotswold Hat Club. SOLD. Contact Cotswold Hat Club to purchase. 20% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  2. Dress – Samsoe & Samsoe at Mojo and McCoy. 20% off using the discount code: theladysmaid20.
  3. Bag – Wilbur & Gussie. 10% of sales go to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. All purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW will receive a free rainbow crystal brooch.
  4. Earrings – Susan Caplan. 15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal
  5. Shoes – Boden.

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  1. Hat – Cotswold Hat Club/Julie Kenny – £75.  Contact Cotswold Hat Club to purchase. 20% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  2. Dress – Mojo & McCoy/Libelula. 20% off with the discount code: theladysmaid20
  3. Earrings – Susan Caplan.
  4. Bag – Wilbur & Gussie. Free rainbow crystal brooch on all purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW.
  5. Sandals – Aquazurra. 

 

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  1. Pink Cara Meehan hat – Cotswold Hat Club. SOLD. Contact Cotswold Hat Club to purchase. 20% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  2. Pink dress – Lalage Beaumont. A 10% discount is available during Royal Ascot week with the code: THELADYSMAID. A further 10% of sales will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  3. Vintage earrings – Susan Caplan. 15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal
  4. Charlie silver glitter clutch – Wilbur & Gussie. Free rainbow crystal brooch on all purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW
  5. Shoes – Nicholas Kirkwood.

 

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  1. Navy wide brimmed hat by Bundle Maclaren  SOLD. Contact Cotswold Hat Club to purchase. 20% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  2. Navy/ivory polka dot dress and green stretch luxe dress – Bombshell London. 15% off with the code: LADYSMAID15. 5% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  3. Pearl necklace – Caroline Charles. 10% off with the code: THELADYSMAID10. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  4. Navy suede heels and Navy suede clutch – Sargasso and Grey. 15% off with the code: ladysmaid. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  5. Navy glitter clutch – Wilbur and Gussie. Enter the code: TLMRAINBOW for a free rainbow crystal brooch with every purchase. 10% of all sales are donated to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
  6. Pearl Earrings and Hummingbird brooch – Susan Caplan. 15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal
  7. Emerald/navy heels – Boden.

 

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Lalage’s designs combine classical elegance with distinctive detailing for a look that embodies sophistication and style.  Her collection is feminine but without the frills so ideal for a wide range of occasions from work to weddings. This dress coat is one of my favourite styles as I think it flatters most figures and is easy to wear – I love the little brocade detailing on the cuffs and front fastening. Lalage also has a great collection of stylish handbags in a wide range of colours, handcrafted in Italy and Spain, using the finest Italian leather.

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A 10% discount at Lalage Beaumont is available during Royal Ascot week with the code: THELADYSMAID. A further 10% of sales will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.

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Rachel Trevor-Morgan holds a Royal Warrant as Milliner to HM The Queen and operates from a 17th century atelier in St James’s, London. She is renowned for her beautiful handwork and design resulting in the glamorous, feminine elegance on which she has built her reputation. Her success arises from a passion for her craft, and an understanding of the balance required for a hat to flatter and finish an outfit.

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Rachel Trevor Morgan is currently holding a special sale with 50% off her SS20 collection.


 

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Mojo and McCoy sell a great range of unique labels including Saloni, Beulah and Temperley. They are offering my followers 20% off full price items using the discount code: theladysmaid20 

 

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Wilbur & Gussie is a British handbag brand created by London-based design duo Brett Tyne and Lucy Lyons who named the brand after their childhood pets. The classic envelope silk clutches are perfect for accessorizing elegant occasion wear and I love the way you can add a touch of whimsy by customizing the clutch with a brooch – they have everything from a frog to a fish! Their clutches have the royal seal of approval too and have been carried by The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duchess of Sussex .

Wilbur & Gussie are currently donating 10% of all sales to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. All purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW will receive a free rainbow crystal brooch pictured above.

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Caroline Charles has run a successful fashion business for 50 years.  A popular designer with the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Caroline was made an OBE in 2002. Her classic and colourful dresses and coats are a perfect choice for formal events like Royal Ascot. She also has a really pretty range of tea dresses for more casual summer occasions. This pretty pastel “fleur” dress is one of my favourites.

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25% off full price items at Caroline Charles is available until 30 June and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity AppealDiscount code: THELADYSMAID25


 

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Susan Caplan is a luxury vintage costume jewellery brand combining both vintage and contemporary style. There’s something for everyone here – from classic elegant pearls to big bling brooches!

15% off all jewellery at Susan Caplan is available with my discount code and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

Discount Code: LADIESMAIDxSC

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ethereal

Ethereal London create some really feminine, elegant silk dresses all designed, sourced and produced in the UK. I love the way their dresses offer various sleeve lengths and hem lengths to cater for different tastes. Two of my favourites are the Ophelia Dark for autumn/winter and the Ophelia Light for spring/summer.

Etheral London are offering 10% off their collection using the discount code: ladysmaid10. 10% of sales will be donation to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.

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Camilla Rose hats always add a fun flourish to your occasion wear. I find they’re perfect for those hard to accessorise multi-coloured dresses. The Volute in emerald green is a particular favourite of mine,

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10% of sales at Camilla Rose during Royal Ascot week will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal. (Please quote The Lady’s Maid when purchasing).


 

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Screen Shot 2020-06-13 at 11.11.20I’ve long been a fan of the timeless elegance of Katherine Hooker coats. They currently have a sale on with up to 65% off and a new Spring/Summer collection of pretty floral tea dresses.  Katherine Hooker are offering 10% off during Royal Ascot week and a 10% donation on profits to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal. Discount code: LADYSMAID10.


 

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Sargasso & Grey make “shoes that don’t squeeze” featuring a wider toe box to  give feet a little extra breathing space. They use memory foam padded insoles for softness underfoot, and breathable arch supports to help tired feet feel fit and fresh. A perfect choice for Mother’s of the Bride on their feet all day!

15% off all shoes and bags at Sargasso & Grey and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

Discount Code: ladysmaid


 

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Lisa Redman‘s silk velvet headbands and bows are handmade in Lisa’s Notting Hill studio and hand embellished with enamel pearl and Swarovski crystal.

Available to pre-order in all the colours of the rainbow seen below.

Please contact Lisa Redman for enquiries or to pre-order.

10% of sales at Lisa Redman will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.


 

VAII

VAAI London is an emerging designer creating elegant dresses and silk separates with an Eastern influence, designed in London and made in ateliers in the UK or New Delhi, India. I’m a dress person usually but I love their silk palazzo pants. They currently have a sale on with up to 40% off selected pieces and are donating 10% of sales to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal on purchases made with the code: THELADYSMAID. Vaai will be at the Luxury Designer Collective Pop-up in Marylebone from Tuesday 16 June.

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Katya Wildman, a former television costume designer couldn’t find the right dress for her curves so she went ahead and designed one and Bombshell was born!

Katya is an expert in designing dresses with draping and panelling in all the right places to flatter the female form. My favourite style is the new silk Grace tie front shirt dresses in these rich emerald and regal purple colours.  Bombshell is offering my followers 15% off during Royal Ascot week. Discount code: LADYSMAID15. 5% of sales will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.

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Royal Ascot At Home

 

 

Royal Ascot At Home

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Royal Ascot might not be going ahead in it’s usual spectacular form this year but that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on the fashion fun!  The spring/summer event season has been particularly difficult for small occasion wear businesses this year so I’m happy to be showcasing a few on this page during “Royal Ascot At Home”, some of whom are offering exclusive discount codes to my followers alongside charity donations. So if you’ve got a postponed wedding to attend later this year or next year,  now is a good opportunity to plan ahead and support these small businesses whilst also helping to raise money for charities helping those affected by Covid-19. Or even if you haven’t got a wedding to go to I think we could all do with a lockdown treat!

Click here if you would like to make a direct donation to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

Find out more about the charities the appeal is raising funds for here.

 

Featured Brands:

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I’ll be posting a new premium hat on my Royal Ascot at Home page each day, Monday 15 – Saturday 20 June up for sale at  The Cotswold Hat Club. 20% of the purchase price will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.


 

Unless otherwise stated the discount codes mentioned below will be valid from 14-30 June 2020 

 

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Lalage’s designs combine classical elegance with distinctive detailing for a look that embodies sophistication and style.  Her collection is feminine but without the frills so ideal for a wide range of occasions from work to weddings. This dress coat is one of my favourite styles as I think it flatters most figures and is easy to wear – I love the little brocade detailing on the cuffs and front fastening. Lalage also has a great collection of stylish handbags in a wide range of colours, handcrafted in Italy and Spain, using the finest Italian leather.

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10% of sales at Lalage Beaumont during Royal Ascot week will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal. (Quote The Lady’s Maid when purchasing).

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Rachel Trevor-Morgan holds a Royal Warrant as Milliner to HM The Queen and operates from a 17th century atelier in St James’s, London. She is renowned for her beautiful handwork and design resulting in the glamorous, feminine elegance on which she has built her reputation. Her success arises from a passion for her craft, and an understanding of the balance required for a hat to flatter and finish an outfit.

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Rachel Trevor Morgan is currently holding a special sale with 50% off her SS20 collection.


 

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Mojo and McCoy sell a wide range of unique labels including Saloni, Beulah and Temperley. They are offering my followers 20% off full price items using the discount code: theladysmaid20 

 

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Wilbur & Gussie is a British handbag brand created by London-based design duo Brett Tyne and Lucy Lyons who named the brand after their childhood pets. The classic envelope silk clutches are perfect for accessorizing elegant occasion wear and I love the way you can add a touch of whimsy by customizing the clutch with a brooch – they have everything from a frog to a fish! Their clutches have the royal seal of approval too and have been carried by The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duchess of Sussex .

Wilbur & Gussie are currently donating 10% of all sales to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. All purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW will receive a free rainbow crystal brooch pictured above.

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Caroline Charles has run a successful fashion business for 50 years.  A popular designer with the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Caroline was made an OBE in 2002. Her classic and colourful dresses and coats are a perfect choice for formal events like Royal Ascot. She also has a really pretty range of tea dresses for more casual summer occasions. This pretty pastel “fleur” dress is one of my favourites.

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10% off full price items at Caroline Charles is available during Royal Ascot week and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity AppealDiscount code: THELADYSMAID10



 

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Susan Caplan is a luxury vintage costume jewellery brand combining both vintage and contemporary style. There’s something for everyone here – from classic elegant pearls to big bling brooches!

15% off all jewellery at Susan Caplan is available with my discount code and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

Discount Code: LADIESMAIDxSC

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ethereal

Ethereal London create some really feminine, elegant silk dresses all designed, sourced and produced in the UK. I love the way their dresses offer various sleeve lengths and hem lengths to cater for different tastes. Two of my favourites are the Ophelia Dark for autumn/winter and the Ophelia Light for spring/summer.

Etheral London are offering 10% off their full collection using the discount code: ladysmaid10. 10% of sales will be donation to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.

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Camilla Rose hats always add a fun flourish to you occasion wear. I find they’re perfect for those hard to accessorise multi-coloured dresses. The Volute in emerald green is a particular favourite of mine,

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10% of sales at Camilla Rose during Royal Ascot week will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal. (Quote The Lady’s Maid when purchasing).


 

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Screen Shot 2020-06-13 at 11.11.20I’ve long been a fan of the timeless elegance of Katherine Hooker coats. They currently have a sale on with up to 65% off and a new Spring/Summer collection of pretty floral tea dresses.  Katherine Hooker are offering 10% off during Royal Ascot week and a 10% donation on profits to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.


 

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Sargasso & Grey make “shoes that don’t squeeze” featuring a wider toe box to  give feet a little extra breathing space. They use memory foam padded insoles for softness underfoot, and breathable arch supports to help tired feet feel fit and fresh. A perfect choice for Mother’s of the Bride on their feet all day!

15% off all shoes and bags at Sargasso & Grey and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

Discount Code: ladysmaid


 

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Lisa Redman‘s silk velvet headbands and bows are handmade in Lisa’s Notting Hill studio and hand embellished with enamel pearl and Swarovski crystal.

Available to pre-order in all the colours of the rainbow seen below.

Please contact Lisa Redman for enquiries or to pre-order.

10% of sales at Lisa Redman will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.



 

VAII

VAAI London is an emerging designer creating elegant dresses and silk separates with an Eastern influence, designed in London and made in ateliers in the UK or New Delhi, India. I’m a dress person usually but I love their silk palazzo pants. They currently have a sale on with up to 40% off selected pieces and are donating 10% of sales to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal on purchases made with the code: THELADYSMAID. Vaai will be at the Luxury Designer Collective Pop-up in Marylebone from Tuesday 16 June.

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Katya Wildman, a former television costume designer couldn’t find the right dress for her curves so she went ahead and designed one and Bombshell was born!

Katya is an expert in designing dresses with draping and panelling in all the right places to flatter the female form. My favourite style is the new silk Grace tie front shirt dresses in these rich emerald and regal purple colours.  Bombshell is offering my followers 15% off during Royal Ascot week. Discount code: LADYSMAID15. 5% of sales will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.

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Keep an eye on my Royal Ascot At Home webpage for more updates next week!

 

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Royal Ascot

With the outfits finally sorted for Royal Ascot week (just about – I’m still awaiting a delayed delivery on Monday… )  I thought I’d do a post on some of the more boring but equally essential wardrobe preparations for Royal Ascot. Some of you have been messaging on Instagram stressing about umbrellas, and I’m a bit stressed about it too! It’s not an accessory I wanted to incorporate into my Ascot outfits. But with a couple of days to go and showers in the forecast I think it’s best to take one – rain and millinery are not good friends. I featured some transparent birdcage umbrellas in my Insta stories yesterday by Fulton – the brand used by HM The Queen who matches the trim of her brolly to her outfit. Not only does the birdcage style enable the public to see her clearly – it also enables her to have a good view of them and the horses of course! They’re so identifiable to HM, so I would be reluctant to carry one myself! The high birdcage style would be good for shielding showstopper hats though.

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I’m opting for a classic walking umbrella by Fulton – this one has a rose lining which will add a bit of cheer to the sombre weather.

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If you want to be a really fancy Nancy you could get one of these umbrellas from James Smith & Sons. I love that this kind of shop has survived – founded in 1830 and still housed in the original Victorian building. It’s worth a visit to marvel at a little slice of  history.

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The other main concern is a soggy ground threatening your expensive suede shoes. Make sure you use a suede or leather protector spray on your footwear to protect it from the elements. Liquiproof was recommended to me by an Instagram follower who swears by it.

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The weather is warming up and I know many people prefer to go tightless these days, but I will be wearing hosiery – If you’re wearing high heels all day the chances of your feet rubbing and causing blisters are much higher without them – and if you’re attending Ascot more than one day you’ll want to preserve your tootsies! These are my favourite summer tights – 5 denier cooling tights from M&S – they’re the lowest denier so barely there and have a natural sun tanned look to them. If you’re prone to your foot slipping out of your shoe you could get tights with a grip on the sole like these ones.

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Rachel Hawkins of The Cotswold Hat Club is a regular at the races and she recommends ibuprofen spray to protect your feet from swelling in your high heeled shoes – the things we do to look stylish ladies!

Gel insoles placed inside the shoe will also offer some comfort by cushioning your foot – The Duchess of Cambridge reportedly uses these ones from Alice Bow. I sometimes use Party Feet – small invisible gel inserts that protect the ball of your foot and are particularly good if you’re wearing sandals.

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One of my clutch bags is teeny tiny so I’m taking an equally teeny tiny portable charger for my phone – no cable is needed and it’s about the size of a lipstick.

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Some followers have planned summery outfits and are worried about being cold – adding a jacket to floaty dresses will spoil the outline of the dress so I would recommend wearing a vest underneath if you feel cold and brave the bare arms!

I think that’s all the Ascot accessories prep I can think of – I’m off to steam my dresses for next week and pray for sunshine!

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The Chelsea Flower Show

The Chelsea Flower Show gets underway this week – marking the start of the summer season and the perfect place to wear a floral dress. Here are 15 of my favourite floral frocks available now:

 

L-R: Maje; Hobbs; Marks & Spencer.

 

L-R: Boden; Warehouse; Hobbs.

 

L-R: Mango; Wiggy Kit; Zara.

 

L-R: Zimmerman; Zara; Suzannah.

 

L-R: Beulah; Bombshell; Borgo De Nor.

 

 

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Designer Clothing Charity Re-sale

I am holding another designer clothing re-sale on behalf of a lady who is having a wardrobe clear-out this spring. Buying pre-owned designer clothing is a great way of adding a unique, quality garment to your wardrobe without having to spend a fortune.  All pieces listed below are less than five years old and either unworn (some still with tags) or barely worn, so in excellent condition. Sizes range from XS to L. If you see anything you like, click on the icon and you’ll be taken to my Vestiare page where the pieces are available to purchase. So, if you fancy sharpening up your look with a bit of designer flair whilst doing your bit for sustainability, why not shop someone else’s wardrobe!  All of the owner’s proceeds from this sale will be donated to charity.

 

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New Year Wardrobe Detox

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Many readers of my book Wardrobe Wisdom have commented on how the second section – Wardrobe Organisation – has really motivated them to have a proper wardrobe detox and declutter their clothing collection. This is a process that seems daunting initially but once completed is really transformative – to your wardrobe and to your mind. I’m not a neat freak and am not keen on rooms that are overly minimal – but I know which image below makes me feel calm and which gives me anxiety!

If your wardrobe is chaotic then it will make the process of dressing much more difficult each day – sometimes the feeling of not having anything to wear is because you can’t easily locate what you have. Clearing out clothing clutter will also help you to identify what gaps you may have in your wardrobe – garments that you may need to purchase to get the full potential out of the clothes you currently have, enabling you to create outfits with ease and take the stress out of dressing.

A survey in 2017 by Weight Watchers estimated that the figure of wasted expenditure on clothing was £10 billion, with only 55% of the clothes women own actually being worn. Whilst some people may be hanging on to things for posterity, or “just in case” they may need it/fit in to it one day, there is undoubtedly a hoarding of unworn or unnecessary clothing going on. And if you don’t have the luxury of wall-to-wall walk-in wardrobes to store mountains of clothing, then a periodic clothing cull is a necessity for most people.

So, if you have had a post-Christmas sales splurge and need to free up space for your new winter additions, why not release your inner “Marie Kondo”, ditch the New Year diet and detox your wardrobe instead!

Cleanse your Closet

When you go through your wardrobe, be realistic about the clothes that you wear day to day; hanging on to garments that you no longer wear takes up space unnecessarily, so try to adopt a ruthless sorting process. Divide into the following groups:

  1. Keep, wear regularly
  2. Keep, but need to supplement with new purchases in order to wear
  3. eBay/re-sell
  4. Charity
  5. Storage (out of season)
  6. Discard/recycle

If garments no longer fit or you haven’t worn them in a while, try selling them on eBay first or donate to a charity shop. Popular designer and high-street labels and occasion outfits/dresses tend to sell better than casual clothes on eBay, so consider sending casual clothes straight to the charity shop, if they are in good condition, or to a clothing recycling bank. I had a clothing clear-out just before Christmas and donated to The British Heart Foundation – they will collect the bags of clothing from your door (see the BHF website for details). You could also support charities like Smart Works, who accept quality second-hand workwear donations, which they then offer to women seeking employment.

High-end designer labels will also sell well on designer second-hand clothing websites, such as Vestiare Collective. Head over to my Recycle blog post where I have listed some other places where you can recycle your clothing.

Keeping Organised

To keep your clothing collection at a manageable level with a wardrobe that is accessible and wearable, try to resist purchasing any unnecessary items; focus instead on filling the gaps in your wardrobe that were revealed after the clear-out. Group 2 (things that you are keeping but need to supplement with new purchases in order to wear) is likely to be full of separates which only work if they have something to work with. Make a list of things you think your existing wardrobe would benefit from and focus on acquiring these items the next time you go clothes shopping. Your goal is for a versatile and manageable wardrobe to fit in with your space and lifestyle. Resist the temptation to purchase new one-off garments unless you think they will complement what you already own.

Once the detox is complete, your remaining wardrobe needs to be efficiently organised so that you can easily locate specific garments. It will be much easier to avoid clutter creeping back in if everything is suitable stored. Check out Wardrobe Wisdom for more tips on effective wardrobe organisation.

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Christmas Gift Guide

If you’re still looking for Christmas gift ideas for stylish ladies, here are some of my top picks to help with your Christmas shopping this week. The only “person” I’ve bought for so far is my dog, so I need a little inspiration myself! (And if any of my family are reading this, this is pretty much my wish list, hint hint 😉).

Stocking Fillers

No lady’s maid would be without a fully stocked sewing kit – This Liberty print sewing scissors and holder would be a stylish addition to it for a budding seamstress.

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My favourite chocolates at Christmas time from Hotel Chocolat; best to only buy the pocket selection or I won’t stop eating them 😋

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Please don’t think me weird for including a stapler in my wish list, but there’s something about Ted Baker’s “let’s get together” rose gold stapler that I love! Perhaps one for those who are hard to buy for, have a sense of humour and like a tidy desk.

 

I love Christmas scented candles – these are two of my favourites from Marks & Spencer – Frankincense and Myrrh and Mandarin and clove.  Really good value and they smell amazing.

A Royal Christmas – a great Christmas book, published by the Royal Collection Trust, exploring the Christmas traditions of royalty, past and present.

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Luxury Gifts

I know you shouldn’t be swayed by packaging, but when it’s a Fortnum’s hamper I don’t really care what’s in it – just save the basket for me 🙂

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This world class tech case is a really good buy for jet-setting ladies who travel a lot – keeping all your gadgets organised in style on the move. Available in different colour combinations, but this is my favourite.

 

 

I love Smythson notebooks and diaries. I especially like this Soho diary as it has a “To Do” page for notes each week as well. The cobalt blue is super stylish.

Aspinal currency wallet – I have a similar wallet to this one that I bought from Heathrow Airport several years ago when I was travelling a lot and didn’t want to carry different wallets for multiple currencies – really useful.

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Wilbur & Gussie make the most stylish clutches. It’s impossible to pick a favourite, but this gold glitter clutch is a wardrobe classic.

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For hat-loving ladies with a busy social calendar in 2019 – an unlimited hat hire voucher for a year from The Cotswold Hat Club. Wear a different one each weekend if you want! Great value if you have a lot of formal day dress events to plan for.

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You can’t go wrong with a cashmere scarf as a gift. These ones from John Lewis are great value for cashmere, and available in a large range of colours, I like this coral red to brighten up wintery days.

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Add a glamorous touch to your winter coats with a brooch from Susan Caplan. I like this wreath of pearls and turquoise – it would look great on a winter white coat. (20% off with the code LADYSMAID20).

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I couldn’t not mention my book! If you’re bored of the family on Christmas afternoon, then dip into a copy of Wardrobe Wisdom and start planning your New Year Wardrobe for 2019.

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Little Red Dresses

Little Red Dresses

Every lady has a trusty LBD – a little black dress that you can always count on when facing a what-to-wear dilemma. But during the festive season it’s all about the little red dress – red is the most Christmassy colour, so always a popular choice for Christmas functions. I’ve rounded up some of my favourites available now for every budget. In terms of accessories for red dresses, I would say gold is the best choice, or a matching red for evening looks. Some red tones also match well with burgundy accessories. I think black accessories can look a bit harsh for evening looks with sleeveless red dresses, but if the dress is sleeved and you wear black opaque tights, it does look more balanced.

Budget

Starting with budget LRDs, one of my favourites is this new red dress from M&S. I love the subtle animal jacquard print and the ruched shoulders – I sense this one will be popular for office Christmas parties.

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I really like this simple tunic dress from HM – I love the pretty lacy sleeve detail.

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A slinky little number from Zara. You might need a faux fur, or extra egg nog, to keep warm if you wear this out in December! Love the rich jewel red and fringed belt.

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Pussy bows are one of my favourite style features in tops and dresses – it’s the Lady Di/Maggie Thatcher in me! Tall ladies can get away with working this pussy bow maxi – a stylish, longer little red dress from Warehouse.

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Mid-range

A new number from Cefinn just in time for the festive season and a great choice as a wearable desk-to-dinner festive frock for mid-week Christmas parties.

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I’ve been all over burgundy velvet on my Insta page, so this poinsettia velvet dress from Boden will make you stand out from the crowd more than my usual mellow merlot options 🙂

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A pretty lacy floral embellished dress from Needle and Thread.

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I like throw-on tunic styles – great to hide any over-indulging on canapes! This maroon red tunic dress from Ted Baker has pretty embellishment at the wrists.

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Another great classic day-to-eve little red dress from Jaeger.

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Designer

If you have a bit of extra cash to flash for your Christmas frock, this is one of my favourite LRDs from Nanushka. The “Ezra” wrap dress is made of a gorgeous claret red silky satin.

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I really love this Grecian style pleated metallic silk dress from Maria Lucia Hohan – like a stylish Christmas sweet wrapper! One-shoulder dresses are always a winner with me too, so this would be my top pick for a special Christmas party dress.

 

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I love the sharp shoulders and ruffled sleeves on this mini from Alexander McQueen.

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If there’s one red dress on my lust list, it’s this one from Antonio Beradi – I love the clean lines and contrasting textures of wool-crepe, cady and satin – classic and glamorous. What more do you want from a little red dress?!

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Christmas Jumpers

Christmas Jumpers

You may think that Christmas jumpers have no place on a page about style, but you’d be wrong! I used to think they were incredibly naff – my main image of them being from American 80s/90s Christmas movies. These days there are much more subtle and stylish festive sweaters out there, so you don’t need to worry about looking like your Grandma dressed you on Christmas Jumper Day. In my wardrobe, this silver sequinned angel jumper, bought from Top Shop in 2015, is a favourite. The plus side of only wearing it a few days a year is that it’s still in excellent condition!  (There are a few on ebay if you like it.)

Christmas Jumper Day is on Friday 14 December this year. People in schools and offices across the UK wear their best novelty knit in aid of Save the Children. I’ve trawled through the festive knitwear on offer to bring you some of my favourites – from novelty knits to stylish sequins, via festive Fair Isle: there’s a Christmas jumper out there for everyone!

Novelty Knits

M&S leads the way with some stylish and wearable Christmas jumpers this year. These are three of my favourites:

Embellished Mistletoe jumper, M&S

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Robin embroidered jumper, M&S

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Embellished stars jumper, M&S

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All other high street stores now have a Christmas knitwear offering too – there are some good ones in H&M, Next and Dorothy Perkins. Tu at Sainsburys and George at Asda also have some great ones:

Sequin stag sweater, Dorothy Perkins

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Are you noticing a pattern? I quite like reindeers 🙂 Gold sequin reindeer jumper, Monsoon

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One for dog lovers – puppy in antlers from Tu at Sainsburys

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 A subtle offering from Top Shop – a mini candy cane crested black jumper

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There are quite a few Fair Isle/novelty hybrids if you want something that doesn’t scream Christmas:

Jacquard knit reindeer Fair Isle, H&M

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Robin Fair Isle, Asda

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Slogan knitwear merges with festive fun in this “baby it’s cold outside” sweater from Bella Freud

 

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Make it easy for people to guess your drinks order with this Navy sequinned champagne Christmas jumper from Asda

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JOY red sweatshirt – Save the Children x Selfish Mother. 50% of the retail price is donated to Save the Children.

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Everything sounds better en francais – “joyeux Noël” from Top shop

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Festive Fair Isle

If you don’t want to spend money on a jumper that you only wear one or two days a year, then Fair Isle is a great alternative to the novelty knits – still Christmassy but much more stylish and wearable throughout the winter months, not just December. Fair Isle knits are named after the place where they originate from – the tiny island of Fair Isle, one of the Scottish Shetland islands (where you’ll be in need of a cosy knit to keep warm at Christmas). The style became popular in the 1920s when the then Prince of Wales was photographed wearing a Fair Isle jumper whilst playing golf. Since then they’ve become a winter wardrobe classic, especially during the festive season.

Ivory Agnes Fair Isle, Boden

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Georgina sweater, Hobbs

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Mohair Icelandic jumper, Brora

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Fair Isle sweater, Ralph Lauren

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Islay print, Fat Face

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Somersby Fair Isle, Jack Wills

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Stylish Sequins

Another more wearable option to the classic Christmas jumper is sequinned and jewelled knitwear – a great cocktail casual option for Christmas parties. I particularly like the grey ones as the dull colour carries sequins and jewels really well.

This grey jumper with bow motif from HM is my top pick

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I also love this pretty blush snowflake number from Next – this would look great with a pleated satin skirt and sparkly silver heels

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Jewel embellished jumper, Warehouse

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Grey sparkle jumper, Oasis

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Arqyle sweater with sequins, Zara

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These Christmas jumpers all get the seal of style approval from The Lady’s Maid – which one will you pick for Christmas Jumper Day?!

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