December for many of us can be very hectic due to the endless list of festive activities. It's also a very exciting time as it is an opportunity to make those much needed wardrobe additions. Therefore, some essential pieces as well as trends have been selected for you that will be able to be re-used and re-cycled.
Above: Berry Twill Fly Front Jean
The berry twill jeans are not only an investment to be made but they are a fantastic rich colour that look great teamed with both silver and gold. And with the Christmas season being all about sparkle, what more could you want?
Prepare to break the rules ladies by marching your way to the front with the military trend as there is no time for waiting in line. Designers from MaxMara to Victoria Beckham (VB) took their A/W12 collections to a whole other level.
Take what used to be the 'typical idea' of the army trend, throw in some peplum, a sprinkling of studs, lashings of leather, a selection of colours and you have got the new, the improved, and the more feminine look of 2012 military.
Above: Grey Military Coat
An example of the trend is the military coat. The gunmetal buttons on the double breasted coat are an instant update. Alter the look by wearing chunky knits underneath. Button up just one side instead of both - turning the double breasted into a single.
Above:Cream Pansy Shirt
A shirt is no longer just for the workplace. It is a power piece to be worn on both smart and casual occasions. Whether you decide to you wear it buttoned up or open, opt for jewel tones, luxe fabrics, prints or contrast collars - it does not matter as long as the shirt makes an appearance and is embraced this season.