The nights are drawing in and Christmas is well and truly on our tails. Now is the time to look at your Christmas wardrobe

Our diaries are no doubt already filling up with festive invitations from office parties, black tie balls, evening cocktails, dinner dates, friends’ nights out and family get togethers… the list is endless!

The shop rails are now brimming with all the AW15 collections and everything we will be wearing over the months to come. This is my favourite time of the year for fashion: indulging in the warm autumn colours, tailored coats, stylish brogues, boots, scarves and cosy knitwear.

The autumnal changeover can be a relatively seamless process that will see you through until the beginning of spring 2016. But, as if figuring out what to wear on the average day wasn’t hard enough, we have to start rummaging through our wardrobes to get ready for the party season ahead!

Rise to all the ‘occasions’ and prepare your wardrobe for the festive season. From family time to holidays and cocktails to countdowns, prepare for the best of your winter wardrobe and get prepped for spring fashion to come!

It goes without saying that an LBD is a must have for every woman’s wardrobe; it will see you through the entire season. Just add cocktail earrings, fur stole, glitter clutch and killer heels! Alongside your LBD a red dress will serve you well. Choose the tone wisely, but once you’ve found one that suits your skin tone, this bold buy will soon become your favourite and will look wonderfully classy with black heels and a clutch.

And we’re not done there. A subtle sequin dress or one with a touch of sparkly embellishment will add an element of glamour to any occasion. You can dress it down with court shoes and a plain purse. There will always be an invite that will have you needing to wear a long dress. Keep it feminine and simple with shape and subtle detail. You can then dress according to the event type (or weather)!

It’s not all fine dining and glamorous parties at Christmas, though. With the colder weather it’s key to have a range of off duty casual wear that will keep you warm and cosy yet still looking chic. Indulge in tailored trousers, various knitwear, relaxed fit jeans, cropped jackets and long scarves. Layering is key in the winter months, so look for long sleeve tops to wear underneath knitwear for less formal occasions.

A few classic tailored skirts will team up nicely with tailored blouses and knitwear paired with long boots for a great winter look.

For the gents, a tuxedo with a black bow tie is very likely to make an appearance over the festive period so be prepared! A dark well-fitted suit can be very versatile and work incredibly well with other items in your wardrobe. And we all know the classic blazer will hold together any outfit, smart or casual. Textures are huge at the moment so a coarse weave blazer would be a great addition.

A classic v-neck sweater will afford you the warmth you need during cold weather without compromising on your coolness. Here again, neutral colours are recommended – I think grey works particularly well here as it can be teamed with most colours. With shirts, although your personal style will guide you, ensure your wardrobe has a few classic whites and special occasion shirts.

For a more casual evening out, team a special shirt with a pair of dark jeans for a timeless look. Jeans are a rare kind of all year round wear and can be worn to the office or a party with equal ease. Trousers can be tailored for the smart/casual look, or to complement shirts and tees. Chinos and corduroys also work well but opt for darker colours to fit in with the season and for a more classic feel.

With so many after work events, a pair of comfortable and stylish shoes that are versatile enough to wear to work and also out in the evening is a must. I’d recommend sleek brown leather.

Team these with a classic winter coat to fend against the cold weather; a wool pea coat will work really well. And I cannot stress enough the need to use neutral colours like brown, grey and navy blue for versatility.