1. Black Friday: Staff Picks

    Can’t get enough of Black Friday deals but need a little style inspo to help you choose? See what JOY’s web team love most from what’s on offer.

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    Lauren, Digital Marketing Executive

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    #1 The Onie Jumper

    It’s the season of all things cute ‘n’ cosy and this find definitely ticks both boxes! According to the world of fashion, there’s no such thing as owning too many 9-9 knits right now, giving me every excuse to pitch Louche’s Onie as my next day-to-night wardrobe addition. Its versatile navy shade makes it super easy to dress up or down, while its ladder design keeps it lightweight enough to stop me passing out on the tube! By that logic it’s a case of ‘need’ and not ‘want’.

    #2 The Joyous Skirt 

    Taking all the ‘what to wear’ stress away from Christmas party invites, I love the metallic shading to Louche Luxe’s Joyous skirt that makes it oh-so right for festive dress codes. Its sophisticated length is perfect for avoiding any raised eyebrows, while the fun print and swishy nature keeps it pretty and playful. You’ll definitely be seeing me on the dancefloor in this.

    #3 The Alamedia Coat 

    I like to be a little quirky and different with my style choices and finally I’ve found the perfect winter pick to stand out from the army of black coats out there! The unique folk print to this Alamedia coat by Valley of the Dolls ensures that I’ll grab attention for all the right reasons, while the removable fur collar gives me options to style it different ways. I’ll be wearing mine with a light knit, a fitted skirt and pointed ankle boots.

    Francine, Online Copywriter

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    #1 The Hersela Skirt

    I don’t care how long it’s been since the final Gossip Girl season wrapped or Clueless was released, I’m still loca, loca, loca for tartan and simply never tire of buying different shapes and shades. What I love about Louche’s Hersela skirt is its Upper East Side pleating and midi length fit that will work perfectly with my favourite pair of boy-meets-girl flats. I’d wear this look day-to-night with a skinny roll neck and a structured hat, but on Christmas day I’d add a festive knit and a cute collared shirt underneath.

    #2 The Longline Overcoat

    Okay, I’ll admit it. I have a (not-so) little brand crush on Native Youth right now and this longline coat is number one on my wish list. I really love the masculine nature to the design that I’d wear with tailored bottoms, a striped shirt and my Stan’s come daytime or a striped sweater dress come evening. Cold weather? Bring it on.

    #3 The Rope-Tie Dress

    By the laws of fashion, I never really need an excuse to buy another LBD but the Christmas party season always acts as good one. The bandeau neckline to this Lavish Alice pick is something I look for to make my short hair feel a little more feminine, but it will look just as good with a chic up-do a la Audrey Hepburn. My favourite bit? The skinny rope tie gives a small nod to bohemian styling, meaning my inner hippie is pleased, too - even in heels!

    Natalie, Digital Marketing Assistant

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    #1 The Jan Sweat

    Cue ‘I never want to take this off’ thoughts because I love how incredibly soft Louche’s Jan sweater is. Everything about it suits my style to a T – but especially the ribbed hem and cuffs. I love to layer, so I’ll be wearing mine with denim and a statement coat, or throwing it on for days in the office over a girly mini dress with my comfiest flats.

    #2 The Fringe Midi Dress

    I’ve been non-stop searching for the perfect party dress and I’ve found it with Lavish Alice’s Fringe midi dress that’s glam yet fun all-at-once. Its black shade makes it a style investment that’s wearable season after season, while the heavy fringing is so now and would totally make my entrance a good one. I’d team mine with heels and strut straight onto the dance floor.

    #3 The Jingle Tonic T-Shirt

    I think it’s obvious why I like this T-shirt! I’m always looking to have fun with what I wear and Brat and Suzie’s Jingle Tonic tee combines my love for cocktails and Christmas perfectly. In fact, I may even swap my Christmas jumper for this – it’s worth being a little cold for! I’m planning on styling it the ‘90s way with a tartan mini skirt and tights.

    Vitor, Graphic Designer

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    #1 The RVLT Shirt

    Contemporary street wear label, RVLT are known for their signature pieces and I like that this classic cotton shirt has been given quite a creative twist with its subtle print. The structured collar allows me to easily layer it, too which is so essential for the cold blast over the Christmas period.

    #2 The Chaplin Peacoat

    The finishing layer to my look, HYMN’s Chaplin coat creates an outfit that I can easily wear to wear to work and feel cosy, cool and relaxed. Also allowing a put-together vibe, it perfectly fits into an evening night out in Dalston with my friends.

    #3 The Beaumaris Jumper

    I think that HYMN’s sweaters and jumpers are so easy to wear day-to-day and the Beaumaris is an extra effortless choice thanks to its muted grey and black palette. I’ll be wearing mine together with the above picks.

    **Competition Time**

    You've seen our picks, now we want to see yours! Tweet us @joythestore with a link and a snap of what you're buying for the chance to win a £25 voucher to spend online at JOY! We'll announce the winner on Tuesday. Only one winner will be chosen and the prize cannot be redeemed for cash or used in conjunction with another offer.

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  2. 00-HEAVEN

    Okay, two things: firstly, we’ve got a brand-spanking-new partywear edit up online and secondly, the blockbuster Bond movie that we’ve all been waiting for is finally out – hurrah! Combine the two and what do you get? Don’t worry, there’s no Spectre spoilers here but what you will find is glam-spiration galore (Pussy Galore if you will) with this recap of some of our favourite Bond Girls. We’re strictly talking eveningwear here because let’s face it, looking at snaps of Ursula Andress and Halle Berry in bikinis makes us want to give up carbs for life -  and that’s something that we just can’t do.

    Madeleine Swann, Spectre

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    In our humble opinion, new Bond Girl on the block, Lea Seydoux is one of the coolest and not to mention sexiest Bond Girls to-date in Spectre. Playing the daughter of a French assassin, she looks unbelievably good in this form-fitting metallic dress paired with vintage-inspired messy waves and a classic red lip. Now for the love of martinis, somebody pass the curling wand?

    Agent XXX, The Spy Who Loved Me

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    Stealing the spotlight from the man with the golden pun is a difficult thing to do but Bond Girl Barbara Bach managed perfectly in her sultry black evening gown that’s way up there with the iconic. Long, black and lined with diamonds? Count us in.

     Vesper Lynd, Casino Royale

     

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    From one knock-out maxi gown to another, Eva Green certainly knew how to work a floor-length dress (and her décolletage for that matter!) opposite Daniel Craig in Casino Royale. Steal her style the 2015 way with our Invelisa Jumpsuit.

    Elektra King, The World Is Not Enough 

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    Bond Girl-turned-Bond Villain, Elektra King has to be one of our all-time favourites. Here she is looking badass but dreamy in an embellished dress with coordinating weapons.

    Have you seen the new movie? Comment below and let us know your thoughts.

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