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Our differing wardrobes!

Blogger Emily Johnston of Fashion Foie Gras and designer Tabitha Webb are fashion-loving friends who don’t always see eye to eye. As we head into the festive season, our columnists discuss their differing wardrobes – with Emily stretching it to the limit and Tabitha swinging out in style…

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For US-born, London-based blogger Emily Johnston, the feast begins at Thanksgiving and she stretches out her wardrobe – quite literally – until New Year

I feel like we’ve come into that season where everyone is reaching for their “Joey pants”. Oh come on, you must remember that famous Thanksgiving Day episode from Friends where Joey borrows Phoebe’s maternity pants to wear to dinner. It’s all about trousers that stretch to fit your expanding tummy. Let’s be honest, this is a time of indulgence. It’s a few weeks where we get to let our hair down, party hard and eat like food is going out of style.

For Americans, the feasting starts with Thanksgiving at the end of November. This year I’m celebrating it in style in London by hosting a rather lavish do at the Mandarin Oriental’s Bar Boulud. Nothing says American Thanksgiving like dinner from a French chef in a famed British establishment, right? On a serious note, its Thanksgiving menu is spot on… as Tabitha will see when she joins us.

The holiday season then carries on and on. So how do you plan your wardrobe around overindulgence? It starts and stops with as much chic stretch as possible. Let’s begin with leggings. No, not your basic leggings. I’m looking at embellished stretch potential. Think sequin leggings – look to Asos – with an oversized chunky knit and a heeled boot.

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Or how about a black leather legging, but I’m talking a hybrid here – leather in the front and legging in the back, think LK Bennett. In short, stretch was made for the holiday season. And don’t feel bad about living it up. There’s always the new year, when we’re all back in the gym, saying: “Was it really worth it?” The answer is undeniably: “Yes.” You only live once.

Emily’s winter warmer: bodenIris jumper, £99.50, Boden; visit boden.co.uk

Emily’s Instagram of the week:

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For British designer Tabitha Webb, there’s never an excuse to let her style stakes slip – and with festive frivolities in full swing, it’s time she upped the ante

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We have just had Halloween, Thanksgiving is upon us and before we know it we will all be singing carols around the Christmas tree. The insane holiday season is under way and us Brits are starting to embrace it like never before – nearly one in six of us now celebrate Thanksgiving, indulging all our passions for pecan pie and pumpkin tart.

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Lest we forget, however, Christmas may be a time to indulge, but it is also a time when we are partying, socialising and quite frankly need to look hot. It is a time to be cosy and warm, of course, but also a time to look sexy and feel amazing, and to me this screams silk and cashmere. Especially if you happen to be single at this wonderfully festive time.

So I suggest you slip on a lightweight cream silk top from Rebecca Taylor or Vince, which will keep you warm but stylish, and pair it with my crush of the week, the Gucci metallic pleated striped silk skirt, as seen on Beyoncé. Emily will be thrilled – it has a stretch waistband, but that is pure coincidence. It will get you through every dinner and cocktail party without a hitch. You can even wear it with a candy-pink crew neck from Zara if the weather demands.

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Complete this with Spanx, which are an absolute must-have at this time of year, so you can drink your hot chocolate, nibble on those smoked-salmon canapes and still look as svelte as you did after your last Jason Vale juice detox.

My tip of the week? Keep your skin glowing with the amazing Rosalena face oils – my favourite is the Rock & Rose, which is perfect after a night out.

 

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