THERE are so many decisions to be made at Christmas.
What to eat; what gifts to buy; which parties to go to; who to invite; when to put the tree up, and, perhaps the biggest question of all, what to wear?
This year the default outfit for anyone who can’t make up their mind is the glittery top with skinny jeans and killer heels.
It is an ensemble that works for so many occasions that it’s difficult to think of anything better. From the office party to Christmas Day itself it’s easy to put together and easy to wear.
What’s more, ring the changes with the top – gold, silver, coloured, multi-coloured, sleeved, sleeveless, low-cut, polo necked, knitted, silk – and no-one needs to look like a clone.
It’s also a look that suits most body shapes and sizes.
If your top half is bigger than your bottom half then choose a top with a lower-cut neckline and a peplum to balance the two halves.
However, pear-shaped women should look for a top that is cut to show off the waist and skim over the hips.
If you’re on the short side then don’t buy a top that is too long. And whatever you do don’t think that leggings look as good as trousers.
Skinny jeans circa 2012/13 should be worn long and slightly bagged around the ankles. For a party look always team them with high heels. Ballet pumps with skinnies only look good on those blessed with a long, lean outline.
With so much sparkle in this default outfit all you need, accessory-wise, is a pair of glittery earrings, a couple of bangles and a small clutch bag.
The items pictured here from Internationale cost less than £50 in total but are just an example of what’s on offer out there.