Nothing says “investment wardrobe that’s done its homework” quite like slipping into the bar in an archive soft-sequin Dolce top (as per Hailey Bieber’s recent bust) or a red-hot Dior mini dress from 2003 (cheers to you EmRata) . The rare retro flip is an instant conversation starter with those with a taste for nostalgia after a Negroni (Spagliato) or two, and fellow eBay geeks who love the thrill of the chase. Short time? Why not borrow a cool Fendi Baguette or Chanel from the Karl Lagerfeld era Target Like Cocoon Club?
be a borrower
Renting one-time party wear will also result in green points and avoid same-dress disasters. Aren’t you wearing your safe Molly Goddard or Janie clothes this season? Someone else might jump at the chance to borrow. Top lenders on apps such as By Rotation can earn up to £20,000 a year, making this past year’s list of wardrobe favorites well worth the effort of shooting and uploading. Remember to engage with potential renters (shading isn’t so fun now, is it?), learn about special details (cute packaging is a plus) and to price your items sensibly (a fraction of the RRP). That rental pot could be a nice Christmas bonus—provided you don’t immediately spend all of it on Matchefashion.com’s new partnership with HURR.
It seems incomprehensible that people would want to show off their naked bodies after weeks of wrapping Brit’s Christmas sandwiches, but here we go. Fashion’s appetite for “sexy” is as relentless as Pete Davidson’s dating life, so prepare yourself for a season of slinky mini dresses and sheer sheaths pretending to be dresses. Maximize the trend’s potential by scoring a whisper of a vintage relic, like Kate Moss’s Last Twenties number, and enjoying cocktail hour with the air of a gorgeous silver-screen siren—even if only Prosecco is talking.
December is when Simone Rocha pearls, shrimp beads, and Erdem bows come out to play, but this year, luxury accessories are vying for attention. Thank you, Spring/Summer 2023 runways. Consider Christmas balls as a warm-up for next year’s Gremlin buddies, crisp bundle clutches and SpongeBob SquarePants accessories. Suddenly those giant hair ribbons don’t look so dull, do they?
Back to black
Yes, we know, how boring it is in contrast to all those strappy skirts and bras that are still making the rounds. But wouldn’t you rather wear a knockout LBD than go to your office “ do in the same Miu Miu mini hot pants (maybe only in Vogue magazine parties) as your colleague? Net-a-porter.com counted more than 4,000 black looks on the Spring/Summer 2023 runways, which means ink, onyx, and charcoal are about to laugh in the face of this year’s Barbiecore mood. Team with a magpie moment (studded diamond-encrusted dangle earrings are an editor favorite) or ease up the cool with sweet booties, like Sienna Miller’s Jimmy Choo Christmas Tree at Claridges just unveiled.