According to the Financial Times' resident style editor, Jo Ellison, this festive season it's all about keeping the focus on your top half with "over the table dressing". The theory is simple; people will only see your top half when you're sitting down at your Christmas dinner party, so focus your attention there.

This is a great approach as wearing colours that really suit you on your top half ensures maximum impact; your skin will glow, your eyes will sparkle and you're sure to turn heads for all the right reasons! 

 
 
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Whilst you may love, adore and wear colour at every possible opportunity sometimes you may just want to keep things classic and simple. This is when a little black dress (LBD) comes in.
 
Black may not be in everyone's personal colour palette but it is not the colour you wear but how you wear it that makes it a success. You need to consider the fabric your LBD is made from, how much flesh is on show and what accessories and make-up are worn in order to make it work for you.


 
 
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We all love a bargain, but don't let the slashed prices cloud your style judgment.  It is very easy to fall into the "buy it because it's cheaper" trap for everything you see.  Discounted pieces that you will rarely or never wear can still be a fairly costly mistake.  
 
Ideally, you want to do some research beforehand.  Look at what your wardrobe is missing and try to go with an idea of what you need rather than a scattergun approach.   Obviously, there may be that unexpected item that catches your eye, but make sure it attracts you for the right reason.  
  
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It's the most glamorous season of the year which means picking those all-important party outfits.   
 
There is nothing better than wearing your best colours and a bit of sparkle to boost your mood and your party wear.  
 
Choose your colours and metallic shades well and you will truly dazzle through December. 


 
 
A new winter coat is the most exciting buy for winter (along with new boots) and the High Street is exploding with new colour palettes, textures and styles.
 
Whether you are looking for something versatile or something that makes more of a statement, here's the pick of this season's coats followed by some tips on how to narrow down the choice and find one that is just right for you.

 
 
The shade filling the High Street and making you look effortlessly chic this autumn and winter is grey. It is more versatile and less harsh against most complexions than black, and there is a shade to suit everyone. 
1. Marks & Spencer 2. Marks & Spencer 3. Dorothy Perkins 4. Miss Selfridge 5. Wallis 6. Hobbs 7. Boux Avenue 8. Hobbs 9. Mint Velvet 10. Wallis 11. Debenhams  12.  Dorothy Perkins 13. Mint Velvet 14. Fenn Wright Manson 15. Marks & Spencer 16. Wallis 17. Accessorize 18.Wallis