With a week to go, those of organised dispositions have bought and probably wrapped and packed. I don’t fall into that group as I like to pretend I am cool enough to leave it all to the end and not get stressed about buying the perfect presents. In fact I am very uncool and unorganised and do get stressed at the last moment. But for now I am thinking about what to wear for the drinks dos and family gatherings.

The aim is to look like you have made an effort, with a sprinkling of Christmas sparkle, shimmer and print, but with enough comfort, especially when you are about to eat a weeks portion in one sitting. Best to avoid tight fitting bodices, long floaty sleeves and anything too short, as you will, hopefully, be playing silly games later.

My favourite by far in both shades, either silver or champagne, a perfect sloppy knit with a foil sheen.

Luxurious velvet printed soft jacket, styled to perfection with grey jeans, block heels and leather lariat.

Fluid sparkle skirt, sleeker than pleated, perfectly bought down to earth with a chunky sweater (like this one from Jigsaw) layered over the top, unless you aren’t eating a lot and can wear a slim fit knit as shown.

One touch of sparkle could just be dressy trainer, worn with all cream or black, a step up from fluffy slippers.

If it’s more print than sparkle you crave, this leather effect, painted floral A-line skirt should be worn with a dress down, simple knit. (It has pockets too)

Or this printed front sweater adds a subtle luxe (some sizes have a waiting time!) worn with simple stretch trousers or a knee length pleated skirt, like this one from Monsoon.

Sometimes it just has to be an easy dress and I love this richly printed flattering fit and flare style, which is not as short as it looks on the model, with 3/4 sleeves, worn with black opaques and a neat ankle boot.

I think for Christmas day its a sequin skirt and easy knit for me, as I like the glamour but want comfort too.

I hope your week eases up in time so you can work out your little bit of magic to wear.