AS we descend into December and Christmas lights begin twinkling in windows across the city, the invitations and anticipation for the parties which come with the festive season have also arrived. 

Whether it’s an office outing, night on the town with friends or get together with family, there’s always a dilemma about what to wear and a desire to look extra special to match up with the occasion. 

Jumping on the Christmas party parade, Glasgow’s high street is currently littered with what can only be described as a glitter ball explosion - shining sequins and eye-catching embellishments blinding shoppers as soon as they enter the stores. And while we all love a bit of glitz and glam in the form of reflective flecks of plastic, I was keen to find out if it’s possible to still sparkle without sequins. 

One of my favourite festive fabrics which also makes an appearance at this time of year is velvet. There’s something luxurious and elegant about the way velvet reflects the light and falls on the body and it’s a right regal choice for the festive season. Whether it’s a dress, jumpsuit or sleek co-ord, Topshop is definitely a front runner for velvet vibes at Christmas. 

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This Bonded Velvet Jacket from Topshop is giving me all the festive feels - Now £35.

Another seasonal sensation at this time of year for me has to be satin and it’s back and better than ever in all my favourite shops. Slip dresses, pleated skirts and floaty trousers in this gorgeous fabric give every outfit that shimmering shove into the spotlight that we’re all after at Christmas time. 

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This stunning satin number from Quiz is going straight to the top of my Christmas list - £29.99.

Controversial as it may sound, I also firmly believe that simple styles can be just as stunning as stand-out when it comes to stepping out and sparkling over the holidays. That old saying, ‘less is more’ hasn’t filtered down through the centuries for no reason ladies.

Plain but classic dresses will never fail to impress for these kinds of occasions and sometimes just pairing plain with the perfect heels and glamorous bag is all you need to shine through the Christmas crowds. H&M currently has a host of classic frocks which could help you stand out against the sea of sequins and sparkle in your own way.

Evening Times:

This classic black wrap dress from H&M will never fail to impress - £19.99.

Whatever you end up wearing to celebrate, just make sure it’s your outfit they remember, not the drunken sight of you shoving a kebab in your face as you wait for a taxi at 3am.

Until next time, stay ‘sparkly’ Glasgow.