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Sparkle season Beat the Covid blues with festive-inspired fashion

Our model Cathy shows us how to bring out our inner sparkle this season with some morale-boosting outfits to elevate our mood for a Christmas like no other

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Chi Chi London mini dress, €56, Littlewoods

Chi Chi London mini dress, €56, Littlewoods

Bardot feather detail dress, €117.60, Karen Millen

Bardot feather detail dress, €117.60, Karen Millen

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Chi Chi London mini dress, €56, Littlewoods

When we sat down for our virtual planning meeting many moons ago, there was a unanimous decision - our gift guide, Sparkle, would reflect the current climate. It was time to pare things back, it was time to embrace the bare essentials.

While we would usually take up residence in a salubrious country house to shoot our cover, this year we would return to the studio and lean into a blank canvas.

There was an ever-present argument that we should ditch the feathers and sequins entirely, in a nod to the loungewear that now makes up the entirety of our pandemic wardrobe. But that, my friends, would be an entirely sombre affair.

While we continue to adapt to our new normal, we should also continue to wear clothes that bring out our inner sparkle, the very same morale-boosting outfits that elevate our mood.

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Scoop neck mini dress, €61.20, Karen Millen

Scoop neck mini dress, €61.20, Karen Millen

Chi Chi London cowl neck midi dress, €64, Littlewoods

Chi Chi London cowl neck midi dress, €64, Littlewoods

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Scoop neck mini dress, €61.20, Karen Millen

Yes, this Christmas will be like no other, but that doesn't mean we can't put our pyjamas temporarily on ice and find a little joy in playing dress up.

You may not yet be a convert, but Christmas and a glittering holiday wardrobe go together like mince pies and mulled wine.

Regardless of whether you plan on zooming through cocktail hour in a haze of lush velvets, whimsical feathers and high-wattage sequins or are making your kitchen your runway, Karen Millen and Littlewoods Ireland are serving up some serious looks.

Because we understand that the lead-up to the most wonderful time of the year can be stressful and chaotic - we've also done the heavy lifting and curated the perfect gift guide for one and all. Without further ado, here's how to get Christmas all wrapped up.

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Feather hem halter dress, €153, Karen Millen

Feather hem halter dress, €153, Karen Millen

Feather hem halter dress, €153, Karen Millen

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Bardot feather detail dress, €117.60, Karen Millen

Bardot feather detail dress, €117.60, Karen Millen

Bardot feather detail dress, €117.60, Karen Millen

  • Photos: Evan Doherty
  • Make-up: Donna Conlon
  • Hair: Megan McKenna
  • Pelo Hairdressing
  • Stylist: Denise Smith

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