05/12/2014 12:48 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Christmas Wardrobe Essentials For Every Occasion

Between finding the perfect Christmas gifts for everyone we love to making sure our Christmas feast looks and tastes spectacular, we don't want to have to stress about our Christmas wardrobes, too.

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The run-up to Christmas
Decorating the tree, shopping for presents, enjoying a glass of mulled wine: these are a few of our favourite things when it comes to Christmas. With Marks & Spencer's easy, stylish separates, it's easy to dress to impress, whether you're taking a turn around the ice rink or are curled up on the sofa in a festive knit.

Work the season's sporty-chic looks in a bold varsity jacket (just add denim for an effortless Christmas shopping uniform), and dress up your jeans with a smart coat for day-to-night appeal. M&S womenswear editor Charlene Barton recommends layering - wrap up with a shawl and knitwear on milder days so you can lose the layers if necessary. And when it comes to styling that Christmas must-have, the festive jumper? "Dress it up with leather trousers or wear it at home with cosy loungewear," Barton suggests.

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Christmas Day
Whether your family uses Christmas as an excuse to wear Rudolph pyjamas all day, dons matching novelty knits or dresses to the nines for that special Christmas lunch, nothing says holiday spirit like a little sparkle - just be sure to keep it sophisticated to avoid clashing with the tree.

Opt for a glam graphic print dress, finished off with faux fur accessories and heels for a dramatic statement, or add a refined twist to an everyday look with an embellished white button-down blouse and smart gold leather skirt. And don't forget the importance of practicality and think about what you'll be doing on the day (and dress accordingly).

"Be savvy with your outfit choice. A sleeveless knit means you won't get too hot in the kitchen, while a statement necklace will distract from an expanding post-lunch waistline," advises Barton.

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New Year's Eve
Let the countdown to 2015 begin! This is the night to go bold or go home: embrace embellishments with a sparkly sequinned dress, take your favourite cocktail dress out on the town underneath a statement two-tone faux fur coat and swap the LBD for the LBJ - the little black jumpsuit. Just add a leather jacket and statement earrings for effortless cool.

Shop your perfect Christmas capsule wardrobe for every occasion at Marks & Spencer.

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