I Just Assembled 6 Expensive-Looking Festive Outfits Entirely From M&S

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As you read this, we're just one day away from cracking open our advent calendars, signifying the countdown to Christmas. From here on out, days and nights will be filled with celebrations, get-togethers, gift exchanges and plenty of wrapping. In my opinion, this is the time when our wardrobes work hardest, taking us from crisp winter walks to full glam New Year's Eve parties, having to be adaptable to temperatures and varied occasions all at once. So to add ease to a busy period, I've identified six expensive-looking festive outfits entirely from Marks & Spencer


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Throughout the year, I find myself turning to M&S for everything from affordable staples to party pieces, thanks to the brand's timeless, high-quality offering that embraces an expensive look without the accompanying price tags. This season, M&S has honed in on classic pieces that can be styled up for all the social occasions that the festive period offers. From classic jeans and knitwear you'll also wear throughout the season to dazzling dresses that tick off Christmas, New Year's Eve and any other celebrations that arise in 2024, the new collection has so many gems. In fact, I was so impressed that I didn't just build one party look, but six cold-weather outfits that will see you through your busy winter calendar. 

Scroll on to discover six ready-made winter outfits for all your upcoming festivities, entirely from M&S. 

1. The Work Christmas Party


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Style Notes: If you've got a work Christmas party coming up, nothing says professional yet stylish like a suit. This sleek jacquard suit adds a polished touch to the festive period and can be worn together or separately for various styling options. Add a camisole underneath, a bold bag to add some flair and a smattering of elegant accessories to finish the look.


2. A Festive Day Out


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Style Notes: Chances are you have a festive day out planned over the next few weeks, whether that's a lunch with friends, picking up some gifts or heading out to see the Christmas lights. But you don't have to sacrifice style in favour of warmth. A cosy knit is key for the season and creates contrasting textures when paired with leather trousers. Add versatile chunky boots and a cosy brushed coat in an elevated cream hue, and complete the look with warm cashmere-lined gloves. 


3. Lunch With the Family


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Style Notes: During the festive period, even a trip to the pub can be a special event. For those smart-casual moments, you can always rely on jeans and a nice top. Classic straight-leg jeans will be a reliable style throughout the year and can be easily elevated with this pleated satin blouse. Complete the put-together look with a timeless camel coat and chic knee-high boots. 


4. The Big Day


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Style Notes: If you're the kind of person who goes all out on Christmas Day, look no further than this sleek midi dress. Add some bold silver earrings, and if you're looking to fully embrace the festivities, red heels fit the bill. If you have essentials to carry, do so in a shimmering bag. 


5. Dinner & Drinks


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Style Notes: The whole Who What Wear UK team agrees: tonal outfits always look so expensive. If you're searching for a look that can keep up with your after-office dinner plans just as well as formal family occasions, you can't go wrong with neutral tones. Plus, a knitted dress and boot combination always feels polished. 


6. New Year's Eve


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Style Notes: A satin dress is one of the most versatile items you could add to your wardrobe, thanks to its ability to suit all occasions. Instead of buying a dress for one night, I'm looking to a satin dress that I'll restyle for various occasions from New Year's Eve to weddings and birthdays. To ring in the new year, take it to the max with a bold faux-fur coat, knee-high boots and shimmering accessories. 


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Florrie Alexander
Acting Affiliates Editor

Florrie embarked on her fashion journey while studying French and History at university. Whilst studying in Aix-en-Provence, she began to write her dissertation on the history of fashion and the influence of Haute Couture, and landed her first role at Harper’s Bazaar. Following this, she interned for various publications including Elle, Grazia and Marie Claire before joining the fashion team at Conde Nast Traveller. There, she contributed to international photoshoots, styled pages and covers, and produced engaging digital content.

During a freelance period, Florrie honed her skills in editorial work in various digital and print publications including Vogue Italy and Departures magazine, as well as styling e-commerce photoshoots and personal shopping. Florrie actively pursues an in-depth understanding of fashion and jewellery, and after styling a jewellery cover shoot at Conde Nast Traveller chose to complete the De Beers Diamond Foundation course. Florrie first joined Who What Wear UK as a freelancer before becoming the Commerce Writer, blending both editorial and commercial content. Now, as the Acting Affiliates Editor, she monitors current trends, new-in styles, wardrobe heroes and how best to style them. In her downtime, Florrie can be found in her hometown of London, usually with a coffee in hand.