If there’s anyone we go to for spot-on shopping recommendations, it’s Red Editor Sarah Tomczak. She’s always on hand for outfit inspiration and tip-offs on independent labels worth a spot in our wardrobes.
For our new Red Shops newsletter, Sarah is curating a monthly edit of the items she’s currently lusting after. Smart, mood-lifting fashion buys that you can treat yourself to now, or add to your wishlist for later on (although she's got great taste, so we can't guarantee these bits won't sell out!).
This month, among the picks there's a staple M&S leather bag, a classic shirt that channels Parisian chic and the ultimate party dress that's perfect for upcoming festive get-togethers.
The versatile velvet coat
“I love how this coat can be dressed up or down. Great over a glittery party dress but also with jeans and a big knit. It’s a smart investment for Christmas and beyond."
The classic shirt
“This feels so Parisian and chic! I’m such a fan of navy and black together. Just add a red lip.”
The ribbed sweater
“You can never have too many cream ribbed sweaters, and I’ll definitely be adding this one to my pile. It’s cropped on the waist so will look especially good with high-waisted trousers.”
The perfect stocking for Christmas season
“Yes, I’m already thinking about Christmas – how decadent and gorgeous is this grown-up stocking? I love the idea of buying one each for my husband and me and filling them with fancy things, instead of doing normal presents.”
The leather bag for every occasion
"I’ve seen so many luxe woven leather bags this season. This M&S one is a great way to buy into the trend without spending a fortune. The lighter shade makes it feel more expensive too."
The ultimate party dress
“The ultimate party dress! So fabulous and OTT. Wear with a low ponytail and pared-back jewellery so the dress does all the work. It’s a complete showstopper.”
The do-it-all party heels
“I’ve been looking for one brilliant do-it-all pair of party heels. These neutral metallic platforms will work with everything and the block heels mean you can stand in them all evening too.”
The nail varnish of the season
"While this would make the PERFECT Christmas gift – in such a timeless shade too – I might treat myself to it sooner so I can wear it to every festive event between now and then."
We hope you're looking forward to the festive season as much as we are.
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