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Making sure your seasonal wardrobe is fully stocked is one of winter's many chores.

From Christmas drinks and nights out to cosy basics for lounging on those chilly Irish evenings, we've found the best on-budget bits for any festive occassion. 

The ultimate party top

Whether it's 12 pubs or your work Christmas party, every girl needs a staple top to see her through the season.

Luckily, Penneys is serving up this asymmetrical piece which doesn't even need added accessories due to its' built-in choker. And for only €8, we'll see you in the queue.

The slip dress

While it's definitely not the weather for silk, our obsession with slip dresses is still going strong, especially when we saw this scarlet slip from Boohoo. 

Add a ribbed, long sleeved polo neck underneath to keep cosy or dress it up for evening with an oversized boyfriend coat. 

The velvet choker

Chokers are here to stay for the party season, but amp it up with a few embellishments.

This baroque style piece from New Look's Christmas collection is an on-budget €9.99 and is the ideal piece to jazz up that LBD. 

The seasonal watch

Staying on time in the Christmas rush has never been so chic. 

ASOS has just dropped this minimalist emerald green time keeper, so treat yourself or a loved one to this evergreen piece.

The perfect jumpsuit

Culottes are still going strong, and why wouldn't they be? The wide legged trouser style is comfortable, elegant and shows off your amazing new shoes brought by Santa.

The strappy top leaves plenty of room for statement jewellery and a helping of festive faux fur, and best of all? It's only €29.99 from New Look, in stores November 16th. 

A cosy cap

Keeping warm in the winter months is a nationwide hobby, and there's no better way than with a cosy hat. 

This ASOS  pom pom knitted beanie is the perfect stocking filler at only €16. Or you could just keep it for yourself. 

A velvet top

90s necklines aren't going anywhere, and luckily this River Island velvet plisse top is bringing full festive season glam.

Ideal for a quiet Christmas eve beverage or a full on night on the town, this top says winter without screaming December 25th. In stores this month. 

Festive PJs

We all need some cosy, fluffy flannels in our lives, especially when the winter weather kicks in.

The countdown to The Late Late Toy Show has officially begun (it's on the 2nd of December, people) and Penneys is serving up the very best in Late Late Toy Show themed night wear. Lying on the couch with junk food and Ryan Tubridy's festive antics in front of us is our idea of Christmas heaven, so having the cheap and cheerful (€14) outfit to match is a no-brainer.

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Once only affordable to the rich and famous, velvet is now one seriously classic and versatile fabric.

Let's be thankful then that it crops up everywhere from designer runways, to high-street rails… and even your granny's attic.

Warm, luxurious and rich in texture, having a key velvet piece is basically a necessity for ALL winter wardrobes.

Let's face it though, the material is also notoriously difficult to style. Yup get it wrong and it will only look costumey and awkward.  

So if you are worried your velvet creations will be a bit too on the nose this festive season, here is how to remain fashion forward (and not a fashion fail). 

 

Tailored 

Avoid wearing a lot of slouchy velvet and instead opt for tailored, fitted lines. A velvet suit is a handy trick to keep up your velvety sleeve as it transitions from business to casual seamlessly. Incorporate into a professional wardrobe for some rock chic texture or pair with a pair of trainers for day time cool. 

 

All in one 

Don’t be afraid to purchase a velvet piece for the party season. Dresses, playsuits and jumpsuits in this fabric are instantly glamorous and will add some warmth on those cold winter evenings. Pair velvet pieces with stripped back accessories in cool tones and minimal jewellery so that you don’t venture into costume territory. 

 

Mix n match 

Having velvet options can add new texture to your wardrobe that you may not have even known you were missing. Incorporate velvet shorts, a t shirt or cardigan into any outfit to add some depth as well as a soft touch. Velvet tends to come in super rich tones so style it up with solid colours such as grey, black, brown or navy. 

 

Style it up

If you are a bit fearless and want to add even more opulence to the most luxurious fabric on the planet, instead of layering it on, try opting for ornate patterns. Velvet is often used to create beautiful designs on plain fabric so use this for instant glamour. Pair ornate pieces with simple accessories that don’t overpower your look. 

 

Style it down

Velvet CAN be dressed down, but do it in the right way. Pair your velvet leggings with slouchy cardigans and a beanie or throw your velvet blazer over a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans and trainers. Velvet can give any casual look a sense of refinement. 

 

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