How to navigate the social season sartorially

Today I thought that I would write a post on how to navigate the social season sartorially. It is that time of year again when we are probably rushed off our feet. The run-up to the festive season can be hectic. Presents to be bought, food to be ordered. I find it a good idea to start planning as early as possible. This year we will be spending Christmas in France. Hopefully, we will be seeing some sun as it has been extremely wet and dreary here in the UK recently. We will be hosting a family lunch in mid-December. I will therefore have to organise my wardrobe in advance. I do think that the dress code seems to be becoming more and more relaxed, unless, of course, you have invitations to posh “black tie” events. With small grandchildren to entertain and food to cook I will be keeping my outfits fairly low-key.

I do feel that a bit of sparkle can lift a very plain ensemble. You can even get away with jeans if you add a Lurex top and some statement jewellery.

casual Christmas outfit

Details of above:

Star pattern sweater MarksandSpencer || Gold hoop earrings Boden || Red velvet bag JohnLewis&Partners || Black trousers Boden || Lipstick JohnLewis&Partners || Black pumps Fitflop.

How to navigate the social season sartorially

I will be back next week for more ideas on what to wear during the festive season. If you have any particular requests do let me know in the comments box.

Having said that I will not be covering Black Friday in depth this year While researching for this post I did come across a few sites that are offering excellent discounts (no bought-in rubbish). I have listed them below if you are interested.





  1. Lesley
    24th November 2023 / 17:54

    Thanks for the helpful advice, we too are away for Christmas so will swop the warm Xmas top for a glittery blouse. Love the earrings BTW
    Best wishes

  2. Francie
    25th November 2023 / 03:34

    Very best wishes to you, Josephine, for a lovely holiday season and a wonderful time in France! Thanks for adding to my life with your amazing blog and friendship!

  3. Brenda Gunn
    26th November 2023 / 17:16

    Just checked your blog; love it. I am 74 young and have found the “brenda Swing Shirt” made by a Winnipeg, Canada designer who has a fabulous line. Will share if interested

  4. Eileen
    27th November 2023 / 02:17

    Have a great time in France, we just got back a few weeks ago, after a one month stay… I miss France.

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