Festive fashion: Eclectic style for the office Christmas party

With party season pending, our thoughts turn to festive fashion. Opera Lane has been influenced by the lady eclectic – a colourful muse inspired by the maximalism of the 70s and early 80s where baubles and furs flirt shamelessly with masculine cuts and heaps of attitude.

Festive fashion: Eclectic style for the office Christmas party

Style tip: Working late? Mix crystal earrings and luxe menswear touches for an instant wardrobe refresher.

Glasses, Specsavers, €149

Pinstripe jacket, Next, €71

Pinstripe trousers, Next, €41

Shirt, Tommy Hilfiger, €89.90

‘Pip’ patent loafers, Office, €75

Ring, H&M, €6.99

Earrings, H&M, €12.99

Tie, River Island, €17

Scarf, River Island, €10


Style tip: Print clash like a pro by keeping to a unified colour palette.

Karl Lagerfeld sunglasses, Specsavers, €189

Earrings, H&M, €7.99

Roll neck, H&M, €19.99

Leopard print coat, Topshop, €117

Leopard print trousers, Next, €62

Faux fur stole, New Look, €24.99

Faux fur bag, Topshop, €26


Style tip: Looking to get noticed? Add a brocade trouser and outré accessories to a blouse and blazer combo.

Glasses, Specsavers, €149

Earrings, H&M, €7.99

Large floral necklace, New Look, €22.99

Crystal necklaces, New Look, €14.99 each

Blouse, Next, €44

Jacket, Gap, €79.95

Belt, stylist’s own Brocade trousers, Next, €56

Crystal sandals, River Island, €75


Style tips: Nothing says Studio 54 quite like the faux fur chubby. Wear yours with a polo and mini for retro kudos.

Earrings, H&M, €7.99

Neck tie, New Look, €4.99

Roll neck, Next, €26.50

Leopard print faux fur jacket, Tommy Hilfiger, €299

Faux high shine leather skirt, H&M,  €24.99

‘London’ high cut ankle boots, Office, €88

Tights, stylist’s own


Style tip: Brave it in kaleidoscope colours and hyper textures.

Pink fur jacket, Topshop, €90

Stripe sweater, Gap, €49.95

Earrings, H&M, €7.99


Style tip: Own the dancefloor with lightning bolt motifs and ballroom heels.

Blue lightning bolt dress, Topshop, €46

Circle earrings, H&M, €7.99

Ring, H&M, €4.99

‘Notice Me’ strappy heels, Office, €78


Style tip: Use monochrome prints with a scintilla of sequin to tone down drama.

Sequin skinny tie, River Island, €20

Stripe tank top, H&M, €14.99

Check trousers, Next, €44

‘Natalie’ Dorsay zebra pointy courts, Office, €88


Stylist: Annmarie O’Connor www.annmarieoconnor.me

Photographer: Johnny McMillan www.johnnymcmillan.com

Hair: John Geaney www.johngeaney.ie

Makeup: Andrea Murphy www.themobilemakeupartist.ie

Model: Grace Connell at Morgan the Agency

Stylist’s Assistant: Natasha Crowley

Runner: Hamish Poullain-Patterson

Shot on location at Cork City Hall

All clothes featured from Opera Lane, Cork www.operalane.com

Gap – 021-4278230 H&M – 021-2360080

New Look – 021-4273572 Next – 021-4204000

Office Shoes – 021-4949549

River Island – 021-4278284

Specsavers – 021-4248722

Tommy Hilfiger – 021-4273478

Topshop – 021-4278268

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