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I do love Christmas—there seems to be magic in the air leading to the big day!

I like to treat myself to a new Christmas Day outfit. And this year, I wanted to create looks on a spree budget vs a steal budget. As I love to support independent boutiques, I went straight to Kiti Cymru, in Pontcanna. Kiti is so friendly, and Gwenno, the owner, is as welcoming as can be. She loves a chat (in both English and Welsh) and allows you to browse at ease.

Styling by Claire Jacklin

With thanks to Gwemmo, at Kiti Cymru for their beautiful outfits.

Look 1

For Look No. 1 the essence is in luxurious textures. You will love investment pieces for years to come, and the quality should withstand the purchase price. Yellow is big this season and I just love how it brightens up the dullest of days. This beautiful cashmere jumper would look equally great worn with boyfriend jeans, and heels, or with a faux-leather skirt and flat loafers. Sequins and sparkle do not need to be limited for Christmas either.

  • Yellow cashmere jumper, Bellerose at Kiti £117
  • Sequin pleated midi-skirt, Bellerose at Kiti £117
  • White trainers, Veja at Kiti £126

Look 2

Look No. 2 is dual-purpose again. I love the silver and black contrast in this dress, the pussy bow tie, and the fact that it is a fine knitted piece (so has a bit of stretch!). The green coloured coat is just to die for, with a brightness that makes it stand out. The cut is stunning and the quality is something to be proud of.

  • Dress, Traffic People at Kiti £139
  • Green coat, Hod Paris at Kiti £189


For those who are high street shoppers, I’ve created some similar looks for you. Bear in mind the cut will not always be as well crafted, the sizing will vary greatly, and the quality won’t be as great. I guess this is where Father Christmas comes in—we are able to put things on our wish list and just pray we have been good all year. Fingers crossed!

Chenille jumper
Stradivarius £29.99

Pleated sequin black midi-skirt
M&S £35

Next £60

John Lewis £14

Pleated sequin black midi-skirt
M&S £35

Animal print dress
Oasis £38

Modern Rarity
(exclusive to John Lewis) £119

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