The 12 outfits of Christmas, day 11 – The printed dress and flat shoes

A pair of comfortable and smart(ish) flats are a weapon in your arsenal of essential wardrobe items. Getting the right pair can be tricky as flats aren’t always the most flattering of styles. For those blessed with slim ankles they can look just fine but for those with cankles or heavier calves – which probably accounts for about 90% of us – they can be more of a challenge. A small block heel is quite often the best fix but a pointed toe or a kitten heel can work wonders in balancing proportions or adding just a weeny bit of height. Toning them in with the colour of your tights elongates your legs and a shorter hem length can have the same effect, hopefully avoiding that Miss Marple look.

I wore this Warehouse dress yesterday when we largely spent the day at home. I bought the dress last winter and it’s great because although it’s a neat fit over the shoulders, it’s fairly straight up and down so it’s an easy style to wear. No clinging, no tight waistbands – perfect for this time of year plus the print keeps the eye on the move so whatever lumps and bumps may lie beneath, no one would ever know.

For a similar style, the Boden printed Beaufort dress is a very nice little number. A friend of mine has one and it looks fantastic, it’s a real winner and definitely worth a shot in the sale. It’s £69.30 and there’s a blue print which is also in the sale, for £49.50.

I’ll be back tomorrow with my last outfit of my 12 outfits for Christmas. They have been a little sporadic and I’ve not always managed to include a gift but I hope that you have enjoyed them. x

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