Guest post by Nikki Parkinson from

Not getting stressed about what to wear every day starts with a little pre-planning.
Oh, ok … A LOT of pre-planning if the month happens to be November or December.
Welcome to the party and holiday season, where your social calendar really does underline the Silly in Silly Season.

The number one key to taking the outfit stress out of this time of year is in that planning.
Do sit down and look at your calendar for the next two months and map out just what is booked in, what type of occasion it is and where that occasion is being held.
Getting clear on this will help you to be confident in what type of outfit you need to feel nothing short of fabulous for that occasion. It will also help you to know whether you have something in your wardrobe to suit or whether you need to create a working wishlist and head out and buy something new.

If buying something new, use this planning to see if there are occasions where you can get extra mileage out of a potential new purchase.
Maybe a dress bought and worn for a girls’ lunch in November could be your Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve outfit.

Perhaps a shorts and top you bought for a family barbecue gathering will form a key part of your beach holiday capsule wardrobe.Putting this conscious planning into your purchases really does help you to buy pieces that you know will work for your holiday lifestyle – and that will continue to work for you across summer.

As part of my association with Katies this spring-summer, I headed in store last week to check out some of the new Holiday Wardrobe Edit arrivals and I can tell you that there was so much to love.
For the first time, Katies is offering 100% silk pieces, the ’70s boho trend is still going strong, casual pieces are effortlessly stylish and creating a work-to-Christmas-drinks outfit is so easy.

The four outfits I’ve featured below are my faves from the edit – but they also represent a great capsule holiday wardrobe, covering off most party and holiday wardrobe requirements.
Let’s take a look, shall we?

100% silk collection

You know how I LOVE a kaftan. Well, I’m here to tell you that I’ve fallen hard for this one. They had me at 100% silk but also with cut-out sleeves that feel like you’re not wearing sleeves but everything is covered. This also comes with an in-built slip so no extra purchase needed there. As for the print and colour? WOW. It’s a take-anywhere piece. Dress up with heels for a lunch out with the girls; wear with flat sandals over a swimsuit for a Christmas Day poolside.

’70s boho

Katies Cold Shoulder Lace Top (I’m wearing size 12) | Lace Detail Crinkle Skirt (I’m wearing size 14)

This outfit takes me straight back to 1976 and my Dad and Step-Mum’s wedding. She wore a gorgeous white maxi cotton/cheesecloth kaftan being the ’70s goddess that she was. I love the fun mood of this outfit. I love that it’s two pieces but when worn together it looks like a dress. The skirt sits very well on the waist or hip and is lined to the knees. The top is over-sized so I’ve actually gone down to a size 12 in this with plenty of room to spare. Add tan accessories and head out for Christmas drinks on the deck at your best friend’s place.

Shorts style

Embellished Front Top (I’m wearing size 16) | Tie Front shorts (I’m wearing size 14) | Black and White paisley scarf

Shorts are huge this summer and the soft style like these is incredibly flattering on everyone. I love this length and style for the ability to dress them up or down. You could add a blazer to this outfit and make it suitable for work. As a casual outfit, it’s perfect for a barbecue with friends or Christmas Carols in the park. The embellished cotton top is a dressier option than wearing a tee.

Work to drinks

Katies Diamond Sequin Top (I’m wearing size 14) | 7/8 Belted Soft Pant (I’m wearing size 14) | Knot Back bolero (I’m wearing size 14) | Stacker Set bracelet

If a lot of your socialising happens straight from work, then look for outfits you can wear to work and change up at 5pm for drinks out. I’m a magpie by nature and this sequinned top had me at SEQUINS. Worn with pants and a jacket it sits ok for the office. Swap out a wedge shoe for a heel and your work bag for a clutch and you’re ready for a celebratory Champagne.

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