Styling a long beige trench coat for a winter partyAs a general rule, I tend to overdress rather than play it cool (personal preference), though I can't help but wonder how much time it would save us all if we were described an exact dress code before an occasion?  Sure, most invitations come with the totally vague 'smart casual' dress code attached, but that's far more useful to men than it is women!  And so with winter events filling our calendars such as festive parties, family meals, drinks with girlfriends and general Christmas gatherings, I've done some thinking as to how we can hedge our bets by sitting comfortably somewhere in the middle of the scale.  For those who love to dress up, but don't fancy the risk of being a disco ball in a sea of jeans!
Trio of matching elegant statement evening rings
Zara faux leather and lace black short skirt

Styling a long Jaeger trench coat for winter party

Bag - Ralph Lauren  |  Shoes - Kurt Geiger Carvela  | Ring - Crown Jewells  |  Choker - DIY

Black and silver Classic Reading Daniel Wellington watch
Zara short black faux leather and lace skirt
Fashion blogger styling trench coat for winter partyThe light colour of a classic trench coat often sees it associated with Spring/Autumn, though there are a ton of ways you can bring it into your winter wardrobe.  The long-length of this stylish Jaeger trench is ideal for the colder months; not only does it provide extra coverage, but it also allows you to be a little more adventurous with your outfit underneath!  For this winter-occasion look, I've opted for my fave all-black styling to contrast with the trench, and a total party when it comes to accessories.  If you're likely to spend a lot of the event in your coat, it'll be up to your accessories to do the talking! 

Psst!  If the occasion sees you facing the elements outdoors, add a hat or scarf (gorgeous Mongolian fur option in my last travel diary), and swap the sandals for knee high boots that work with your look.
Evening look for hands featuring watch jewellery and manicure
Winter styling black tights for party
Daniel Wellington Classic Reading faux crocodile strapConsidering how toned down the look is, I've styled the trench with some standout accessories.  The chain strap to this handbag instantly upgrades it to occasion-wear and the simple DIY of adding a pearl charm to a strip of suede creates a sense of occasion without giving in to the temptation of a statement necklace!  Head to your nearest haberdashery and stock up on strips of materials; cut strips into chokers, add charms and then simply tie each strip into a bow at the back.  Ta-da, instant chokers!
Luxurious trench coat styling for winter party
Ciate London nail polish Iced Frappe manicureThere's a party taking place from wrists-to-nails, though if we're being honest I'm a fan of this at any time of year and for pretty much any occasion!  I picked up this gorgeous trio of leaf rings from Crown Jewells while at the Ideal Home Show at Christmas last month - best decision ever.  Sadly they were limited edition, though thankfully this stylish Daniel Wellington watch is available for purchase and can be found on their website as part of the new Classic Black collection!  I adore the crocodile-style strap, case size and most of all, how the strap includes enough holes to suit narrow wrists.  Find inspiration on their Instagram and then use the code ICEDW for 15% off on their website.
Womens' Classic Reading black and silver Daniel Wellington watchMy love for trench coats has reached a new level this season, which thankfully opens up a whole new spectrum of styling options for winter events.  So, if you find yourself rushing around with no clue of an exact dress code, give a trench a chance!  Anyway, I've just realised it's only 10 days until Christmas, and so now seems like a pretty good time to say I hope you're all enjoying a beautiful festive season - and are finding some time to relax a little somewhere in between buying presents and perfecting that red lip for the millionth time this month!

With love,

Gabrielle x