Christmas Party Outfit - brightened up with some Hot Squash

I don't have too much in the way of going out clothes - if it's a toss up between a day and a night item in the shops, the day one will win each time. But I do get out now and again and it's nice to have a few options to fall back on, in my case black tops/jeans or dresses!
So I've just found the perfect item for giving your black a bit of a lift this Christmas and New Year....this Hot Squash 'Throw On Jacket'
I struggle a bit with jackets on a night out. Generally speaking, I find I need to take them off - I either feel a bit corporate in them or they are just too heavy to wear all night. But this wee jacket is perfect. It's smart enough to make your black jeans ok for a night out but it's light enough to keep on all evening - and that's a bonus if you don't want to get your arms out. It would also work great over a little black dress and with jeans and a white top for daytime so I'm looking forward to wearing it year-round.
It made my night out SO easy to dress for - Black skinny jeans from Primark, black long line vest from M&S (both old) and my statement necklace from Chocolat Jewellery.
And my Zara patent heels that I got for Catherine's wedding finished the outfit off nicely. I wish I went out more so I could wear them more!
Surprisingly comfy, which turned out to be a good thing as the original restaurant we'd booked weeks earlier AND paid a deposit to, greeted us at the door with the news that they had no table for us and could we go somewhere else. On the busiest Christmas Party night in Belfast -! We stood for a full hour while my friends and the restaurant themselves tried to find somewhere else for us to go. In the end, the guys at Deanes, a few doors up, were able to give us a table at 10pm and we couldn't have gotten a better welcome. Very much appreciated as we were all feeling a bit fed up and hungry by then. We had a great table, fab food and the main man himself, celebrity chef, Mr Michael Deane, invited me into the kitchen for a twitter photo with some of his team.
So all's well that ends well thanks to the guys at Deanes.

So, back to my fab coral jacket - you can find it on the Hot Squash website here and Jenny at HotSquash has kindly offered me a discount code for School Gate Style readers. 20% off if you use SCHOOL at the checkout - valid until the 31st December! It also comes in a cobalt blue which I think would look amazing on Christmas Day over my LBD...




  1. You look amazing in this jacket. I'm with you in that I often find them hard to wear.
    How annoying about your restaurant booking but what a fab place you ended up in - I love your kitchen shot!!!

    I love love love your shoes too

  2. Gorgeous colour on you it really suits you and you shoes are SO cute xx

  3. Anonymous17:03

    Wow Avril, you look stunning in this colour. So glad you had a good evening (eventually) with a warm welcome from the restaurant! xx

  4. Hi Avril,
    That jacket looks fab, especially against that lovely necklace. What are their sizes like? I am very tempted.......

    Cath x

  5. That looks really lovely Avril, such a great pop of colour over black x

  6. Gorgeous! You'll get so much wear out of it. Sleeve length makes it perfect for summer too. I love jackets - definitely my staple wear x

  7. Gorgeous Avril... I might steal this look for a night out myself:) Have a great week!
    ~Anne xx

  8. Simply stunning Avril.....adore that pop of colour! You look fabulous! x

  9. I hope they refunded you the deposit?? Great evening outfit, you look fab :) x

  10. You look great in that colour Avril & I'm wearing the same jeans right now, love em! x

  11. Anonymous22:33

    What a stunning outfit - Love the jacket shape and colour and it looks great over black. Great neckllace, and I love the cut of the heel cuff on your shoes

  12. Anonymous07:15

    Awesome christmas party dress. Thanks for sharing this wonderful collection of pic. The jacket is really looking nice with the matched outfit. For a special occasion one should have special party dress. novelty Christmas jumpers is also an option for the party. Christmas is an occasion where everyone wants to lave some impression in the christmas party.

  13. Wow love the colour of your jacket Avril & I'm sure it's something you will be getting a lot of use from...just lovely. Jane xx

  14. What a beautiful colour and it looks fabulous on. The perfect jacket for any outfit.

    X x

  15. Absolutely gorgeous Avril! This has inspired me for a lunch I have this weekend with the girls x

  16. I love the black outfit with the bright jacket! It really stands out & is styled perfectly! Ax


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