Mum vs Millennial – Christmas partywear picks with FatFace’s Copper & Black collection

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As we enter November, it’s time for the metallics, velvets and sparkles to come out of the wardrobe in preparation for the Christmas party season. And if your winter occasion wear needs a bit of a refresh, then FatFace’s brand new Copper & Black collection has everything you need to get ready for your festive social calendar.

The latest drop is all about the sparkle, with each piece in the range designed to make an entrance through elevated finishes and thoughtful details. Ranging from sizes 6-24 in an array of styles, there’s a party-perfect piece for everyone. 

In the latest edition of Mum vs Millennial, I – aged 25 and a size 10 – and my 51-year-old mum, Tracy, have picked out our favourite outfits from the FatFace Copper & Black collection and styled them up for a festive event, such as a trip to the Panto, work’s Christmas drinks, or a spot of shopping at the Christmas Markets if you want to feel that little bit more glam.

For my look, I went for the Lily Metallic Skirt paired with the Reese Velvet Wrap Top, both in a size 10. The black a-line skirt is made in a gorgeous boucle style fabric crafted from a polyester-wool blend, which gives it an elevated ‘Chanel vibe’. It has a lovely thickness and structure, with strands of silver and gold thread that subtly catch the light and make it more versatile as it can be worn with gold or silver jewellery – or a combination of both if you’re into mixing your metals.

Priced at £59, it’s the perfect length and not too short, nor does it ride up when you reach up, meaning you can wear it with flats or heels and still feel comfortable. My only worry is that it could be prone to pulling due to the nature of the fabric, though I sincerely hope I can keep it looking as gorgeous as it does now. 

I paired the Lily Metallic Skirt with the Reese Velvet Wrap Top, which is aptly named as its rust brown hue reminds me of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups if they were going to a Christmas party. It’s a really fun shade as it looks different in various lighting, looking orange in some settings, and almost purple in others. Also £59, the crushed velvet adds texture and interest to the outfit, while offering an overall luxurious feel.

The wrap style and V-neckline is said to be ‘incredibly flattering for every shape’ and has a thoughtfully placed button to prevent it being too revealing, with balloon sleeves that disguise the upper arms and gorgeous tie detail that can be worn at the front or the back of the blouse. What’s more is that it has a thick fitted waistband that can be tucked into skirts without adding too much bulk, tucked under itself for a baggier appearance, or worn out for a figure-flattering finish. 

I paired the FatFace Copper & Black pieces with a pair of black tights and Dr Marten boots, as well as a black clutch with gold leopard detailing, and a satin headband in a near-identical shade to the Reese blouse. With the metallics, velvet and satin fabrics, it ticked all the festive boxes and felt very party-ready. It could be dressed up further with a pair of black or rust heels, depending on the occasion, too – but for me, I like my feet to be comfortable if I know I’m going to be on them all night.

Meanwhile, my Mum chose the Cally Jacquard Skirt and paired it with the highly popular Eloise Metallic Blouse, which I must admit I’m now a bit jealous about because I love it and it’s almost sold out online. For me, it’s the star on top of the tree, seriously stealing the show with a soft silver shimmer that is oh-so on trend this season.

Priced at £69, it has a fantastic silhouette that includes peasant sleeves, a frilled collar that gives it a bit of a vintage feel, flattering V neckline, pleat detailing and button-up detail. It reminds me a lot of 90s Alexa Chung style, and as such is bound to stand out. FatFace recommends pairing it with velvet trousers or the corresponding metallic skirt for a dressed-up look, but it looks equally as glam with the £55 Cally Jacquard Skirt, with mini styles offering maximum impact this winter.

Similar to the Lily, it’s an A-line shape with a high-waisted rise which mum really loved, and again, it’s a great length where it’s not too long so as to come across as frumpy, nor so short as to make you feel self conscious. And she’s even been wearing it to work, so it can certainly inject some glitz into your office attire, too.

The whimsical floral design is gorgeous in rich autumn shades of navy and rust which allow it to go with a range of tops from the Copper & Black collection – including the Reese’s top I styled, which also comes in navy. The quality is beautiful and though it’s not lined, it’s a thick material that holds its structure, fastening with a concealed side zip. Mum opted for a size 16, but the fit of these is quite generous and so there’s plenty of room in it for mince pies and prosecco. As mentioned earlier though, it proves to be a versatile piece that can be worn with a rollneck for work, a sparkly top and ankle boots for the evening, or jumper and boots for a trip to the markets.

Mum wore the outfit with black tights and black leather boots, tying in the metallic details with a silver heel and silver jewellery, which compliments her cool-toned hair, throwing on a chic black mac to shelter from the dipping temperatures. 

Whether you’re dancing the night away or toasting with prosecco, these pieces from FatFace’s Copper & Black collection will ensure you’ll do it in style no matter your age, size or style. Their carefully crafted collection seamlessly blends timeless elegance with festive flair so that when those Christmas party invites come flooding in, you can RSVP ‘yes’ immediately and not have to give your outfit a second thought.

Shop the new FatFace Copper & Black collection here, or read our first ever Mum vs Millennial of the FatFace Adele Dress here.


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