The stylish 7 piece capsule wardrobe you need for the Christmas break

These pieces will make light work of dressing for every festive event this week

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A satin top and velvet trousers, like these pink options from Boden, are ideal over Christmas.

Christmas is upon us, but the next week will likely look quite different to last year’s festivities. Whether you’re in tier 1 and able to travel to visit a handful of family and friends, or in tier 2-4 and keeping your celebrations safe and small, what you need is an easy, stylish capsule wardrobe to see you seamlessly through the coming week. 

All of these pieces are easily mixed and matched to suit every festive eventuality you might encounter, and will make light work of getting dressed so that you can focus on having a jolly time and a well-deserved break. 

Here are the 7 pieces that’ll see you through…

A cheery cashmere knit

Star cashmere sweater, £275, Chinti & Parker; Fairisle knit, £379, Brora

What with all of the film evenings and lounging around over the next few days, a cashmere knit will be your go-to. It's the best fabric for keeping you warm without it feeling cumbersome. While grey and navy iterations might be your instinctual favourite, the Christmas season calls for something cheerier, so plump for your boldest Santa-red or festive forest green knit to get in the spirit.  

So as to not feel sloppy, pair with velvet trousers (see point 3) and shearling slippers. While on walks, it’s the ideal knit under a parka. 

A statement sparkly top

Sequin top, £75, Whistles; Sequin long sleeve top, £25.99, Zara; Ruffled top, £55, & Other Stories 

'Tis the season for sparkles, but it’s worth noting that sequinned trousers or a fabulous skirt sadly won’t make much of an impact on video calls or at the dinner table, so opt for a sparkly top instead. 

Should you not be keen on sequins, a satin, taffeta or velvet top in a jewel shade will have the desired dressy effect. 

Comfy velvet trousers

Alice + Olivia plisse velvet trousers, £115, The Outnet; Reformation velvet trousers, £198, Selfridges

See these as the staple in all of your looks over the next week: from a post-dinner walk this evening, to binge-watching Christmas films tomorrow, to New Years Eve drinks in the garden, the soft, warm fabric is ideal for every festive look.

Wide-legs are a chic and flattering option, but those keen on a tailored vibe should look to a cropped, cigarette pant - though an elasticated waist is a must. 

Chunky boots

Lace-up boots, £139, Massimo Dutti; Lined Chelsea boots, £159, Dr Martens; Lined boots, £329, Penelope Chilvers

With an outdoor rendezvous a certainty over the break regardless of our tiers, a great pair of boots are essential for the safest of catch-ups over a long walk. While snow might not be in the cards, strong winds or a misty drizzle likely will, so be sure to be prepared with the proper gear. 

Countryside residents will already be au fait, so city dwellers should look to sturdy military styles or a trusty Chelsea style with a cosy furry lining. A pair that come up high enough that you can tuck your leggings, velvet trousers or jeans into them are perfect for avoiding draughty gaps.

Since we'll be indoors, boots (and a pair of fluffy slippers) are all you need footwear-wise. 

A fancy pair of earrings

1990s vintage Elizabeth Taylor clip on earrings, £195, Susan Caplan; Kenneth Jay Lane clip earrings, £215, Browns Fashion; Mixed drop earrings, £7.99, Mango

Nothing elevates a simple look like a pair of jewelled earrings so have a pair handy over the next few days. Should family members video call, your jangly earrings will add some cheer to your cashmere knit, and they’ll be a hit at the lunch table. 

Come New Year's Eve, wear them with your sparkly top and velvet trousers for a full-on glam. 

A cosy parka 

Parka, £139, Joules; Nylon parka, £455, Belstaff

For all those walks, you won’t regret plumping for your warmest coat. If you’re in tier 1 and able to travel to see some friends or family, a parka with a furry lining is a saviour regardless of your transport method, and means you won’t need to sit defrosting for an hour on arrival. 

Should you be heading out over New Year for any socially-distanced fireworks displays, your parka will come in handy: be sure to take gloves and a scarf along, too. 

A glamorous smock dress

Metallic dress, £552.50, Stine Goya; Victoria Victoria Beckham satin dress, £325, Net-a-Porter; Dolly dress, £295, Rixo

A smock-style dress is brilliant for many reasons, particularly over Christmas: it skims rather than clings so is a perfect dinner dress, and its floaty cut means you can lounge without feeling trussed up.

Dress it down with your cashmere knit and fluffy slippers, then dress it up with your fancy earrings and sheer spotted tights come New Years Eve. 

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