Nothing beats Christmas on Oxford Street. It is beautifully chaotic. The hundreds – maybe thousands – of shoppers dashing throughout the 200+ shops, the glistening lights, the tourists carefully choosing presents for their loved ones from the greatest city in the world – it is all so wonderfully London.
It also happens to be the only place in the city guaranteed to meet holiday party dressing needs so, for all intensive festive purposes, I decided to treat myself to a personal shopping excursion with the wonderful Style Doctors team in the one spare hour I had this month.
With nothing but a few sparkle-loving pointers, the ‘Power Hour’ session (an Oxford Street exclusive service that employs a Style Doctors’ stylist to a perfect outfit in one hour) left me with a new ensemble of dreams for less than £100. In under 45 minutes.
If only that saved time and money could be spared come the January sales…
(Outfit details: Long Sleeve Pearl Embellished Body, Eyelet Detail Mini Skirt, and Julian Hakes Mojito heels)
Most December evenings riding the tube feels like something of a Christmas party on tracks. The women line seats in glitzed-up garms while men stand overhead in shiny shoes they forgot hurt until a few hooches in.
I bloody love it.
As part of Boohoo’s Christmas campaign, I’ve made an effort to be as sparkly as possible for the 24 days people will raise their eyebrows less. And their party dresses have been the catalyst of dreams.
What I Wore:
This glitter-threaded v-neck skater number (but honestly, all their party dresses are next level)
My trusty Sargossa nude heels
If you’ve paid a shred of attention to these outfit posts over the years you’d know that bare legs are as much part of my style as retro-inspired dresses. In fact, I’ve earned a reputation for making my friends and colleagues second hand frozen from my lack of legwear as the temperatures drop.
The best solution for all involved? Some truly glorious thigh high boots.
What I Wore:
Sienna snake stiletto pointed over the knee boots
Megan McKenna button-embellished longline blazer dress in Wine
I spent a solid 10 years of my adolescence as a platform-consumed Ginger Spice wannabe.
(Sorry not sorry for the pun.)
To mark the twentieth anniversary of Spiceworld (which coincides with the double decade anniversary of Geri’s emblematic Union Jack dress) eBay.co.uk has taken a look at our favourite Spice Girl fashion moments of all time. With nearly 10,000 live listings for ‘Spice Girls’ on site, the supergroup’s sartorial legacy shows no sign of saying Goodbye (my friiiieeeend…I’ll stop, I swear).
Much like the digital rendering of the word itself, the iconic and beloved response to our Spice heroines’ former style selections seem impossible to replicate in an age where almost everything a celebrity wears will be broadcast instantly and persistently on social media.
Replicas of Sporty’s trademark tracksuit? eBay.co.uk get 40,000 searches for it a month. Posh’s LBD? Two sold per hour. Baby’s platforms? 20,000 sold. Ginger’s union jack dress? 19 sold each day.
I mean, that dress. Those starless stripes. A tea towel sewn onto a Gucci dress was once able to dominate front pages and hearts alike.
The 1997 Brit Awards show-stealer epitomised ‘iconic’. It became an emblem of an entire decade. – the rise of New Labour, the international acknowledgement of Cool Britannia, and Girl Power (knicker-flashing and all).
As Mel B recalled, ‘That was the first time I realised how brilliant Geri was. She had a real sense of what would catch on in the press.’
It went on to become the most expensive piece of celebrity clothing ever sold at auction (beating both Marilyn Monroe’s white halterneck and Diana’s wedding dress). That Union Jack carried cultural influence in a way our societal overexposure could curb for years to come.
The trip down memory lane called for a little throwback eBay fashion mission of my own, as you can see.
Viva forever, Spice fam.
We’ll let the day-to-night blue dress explosion and Instagram caption speak for themselves…
Happy World Diabetes Day, loved ones!