Oxford Circus is usually the last place I want to be as soon as the Christmas lights go up. However, I have just found a changing room so tranquil that it almost makes you forget you’re in W1. The place is the John Lewis & Partners styling suites—fitting rooms that are almost as big as many a London bedroom, have a team of Styling Partners on hand who bring everything straight to you, and beautiful velvet armchairs in case you want a sit-down. And yes you can have a cup of tea while you shop. Told you this was more civilised than your typical Oxford Street Christmas shopping experience.
No one does Christmas quite like John Lewis & Partners, and this year it isn’t just making us cry over a misunderstood fire-breathing dragon but has solved all our party dressing needs with its 12 Days of Christmas Dresses. For this year’s festive period, John Lewis & Partners asked the likes of Ghost, Whistles and Warehouse to each create a party outfit that defines the festive season to them. There are sequin minis, rich silk midi dresses and even a jumpsuit and velvet trouser suit for those who don’t want to wear a dress (better yet, all looks are exclusive to John Lewis & Partners).
Three of our editors went to the styling suites to give it a test run and find an outfit that makes us feel our best. At the Style Studio, the team helps with all aspects of the getting ready process—they suggest the best pair of shoes to go with each dress, raid the handbag floor for you so you don’t need to step foot on an escalator and even bring you perfume and lipstick from the beauty floor downstairs for the finishing touches. Keep scrolling to see what myself, Alyss and Zoe decided to wear, after an afternoon of playing dress-up.