Dress For Dinner

Whether it’s for a festive family meal or casual Christmas soiree, here’s how to navigate the minefield that is ‘smart-casual’

On a winter’s day, what could be cosier than a knitted jumper? Hand-stitched roses bloom across the front of this Monsoon number for a stylish finish that doesn’t compromise on comfort. Rosa Jacquard Jumper, £69, and Phoebe Pleated Skirt, £44, uk.monsoon.co.uk

Panels of sheer georgette and delicate frilled details infuse this slim-fit silk blouse with a touch of contemporary elegance. Pair with tailored trousers or a skirt for an effortlessly sophisticated finish. Spot and Frill Silk Shirt, £199, meandem.com

With its glittering beaded embellishments and Victorian-inspired ruffles, Needle & Thread’s Jet Frill Bomber gives new meaning to the term ‘dinner jacket’. Style undone over a t-shirt and jeans for an off-duty look with extra sparkle.  Jet Frill Bomber, £245, needleandthread.com

This ‘60s-inspired design sees the classic LBD get a retro space-age makeover in the form of a colourful constellation floating around the hem. Wear it with tights and loafers for a real vintage vibe. Russo Constellation Dress, £218, anthropologie.com

An artful combination of luxe fabrics will elevate even the simplest of silhouettes; faux fur is full of decadent appeal, while an embroidered silk shirt exudes a sense of sophistication. Laura Coat, £179, Luella Blouse, £199, and Iona Trousers, £99, hobbs.co.uk

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