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Drinking in the latest trend
6:00am Saturday 21st December 2013 in Lifestyle
Raise a glass to this season's red wine tones. Lisa Haynes cleanses the sequin palette with Burgundy, Bordeaux and Beaujolais.
Forget fancy cocktails and bottles of fizz, this time of year is all about a gigantic splash of red - when it comes to your wardrobe, at least.
It seems the fashion world has become a little intoxicated with the dark grape variety, with a myriad of oxblood and berry tones that resemble a bottle of vintage plonk.
Whether you want to cosy up in a claret coat, or dazzle with a shiraz sequin dress, you can go overboard with red wine tones - minus the morning-after hangover.
Uncork the finest in fashion. Unlike the real tipple, you don't have to wait for a good year to truly indulge...
Some wines can be a little flat but Oasis's Sequin Bodycon Dress is about as sparkly as a red grape gets, £68 (www.oasis-stores.com).
Order a bottle of merlot in your favourite French restaurant and look the part in Eric Bompard's chic Beret in cosy cashmere plum, approx £60 (www.eric-bompard.com).
Sip a couple of glasses and show the dance floor you mean business in a twirl-friendly frock, like this Jack Wills Charlton Dress in dark berry paisley, £79.50 (www.jackwills.com).
If Bordeaux is considered a classic red, Nancy Dee's Eliza wrap is the LRD (Little Red Dress) equivalent to take you from deskside to barside, £78 (www.nancydee.co.uk).
Forgo bland, neutral hues for Helen Moore's claret-coloured Wine Faux Fur Vixen Scarf that can be worn long or cosied around your neck, £68 (www.helenmoore.com).
Try walking in a straight line after a few too many glasses of red in Carvela Kurt Geiger's Spin mid-heel wedge ankle boots in plush wine suede, reduced from £150 to £89 (www.kurtgeiger.com).
Biker jackets can look tough in black but add a rich berry tone, and New Look's Burgundy Boucle Wool Contrast Biker Coat instantly looks feminine but cool, £44.99 (www.newlook.com).
Look like the star find on the wine list over the festive season in Virgos Lounge dazzling Nicola Maroon embellished dress, £120 (www.virgoslounge.com).
Every red needs a cork to stay fresh, while a head needs a good hat to keep snug, like Isme's Jemima Fashion Floppy Hat in mulberry, £25 (www.isme.com).
Claret tones look plush in luxe textured velvet, like Pink Clove's Claret Velvet and Black Lace Peplum, with a contrast lace top, £24 (www.pinkclove.co.uk).
Get the look
Girls Aloud's Kimberley Walsh is 'Something Kinda Ooooh' stylish modelling Very.co.uk's new season collection. Get her purple Pleat Neck Pencil Dress for £59, available now (www.very.co.uk).
Buy it now
Give Father Christmas a run for his money with a stylish pair of snow boots. Go tinsel-inspired with Mou's Eskimo 24 limited edition boots in metallic foil finishes, like Silver Glitter, Bronze Glitter or Microglitter Pink, £225 each, available now (www.mou-online.com).
:: Put a sock in it
When it comes to unwrapping stocking surprises on Christmas morning, socks can be a bit of a stinker. Unattractive socks were top of the worst Christmas gifts ever received, with 29% of the votes, according to a survey by online gift shop ElliottRose.co.uk. Cheap perfume came in second with 23%, while personalised handkerchiefs came third with 9%. Can somebody please inform Santa Claus?
:: Recessionista alert
If you're still on the relentless hunt for a New Year's Eve dazzler, log on to Goddiva on Christmas Eve. The website is reducing over 80 styles to just £9.99, including dresses and accessories. Offer available until January 4. Visit www.goddiva.co.uk
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