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Emma Willis' winter edit

7 November 2018

Presenter and mum of three, Emma Willis is back with her latest edit of must-haves for Next. Here she talks all things festive – from party dressing and switching up her beauty routine for the winter months to her funniest and most memorable Christmas moments.  


What do you love most about winter dressing?

Layering! Thick socks, boots, jeans, T-shirts, jumpers, scarves, coats, gloves, hats – I love the idea of chucking it all on in one go so you literally can’t move. And the best part is that it doesn’t matter what you look like underneath, as you can use the season’s lovely, chunky knits to keep it all under wraps.

How does your beauty regime change in winter? 

It stays the same really – I just use heavier products. My skin tends to get drier so I’ll apply thicker creams and moisturisers, and I’ll use a little more fake tan on my face in winter to avoid feeling pale and washed out. I think the key is just allowing your body to soak up extra moisture because otherwise you end up looking like a crocodile, don’t you!

What would you wear to a winter wedding? 

Suits are usually my go-to for winter weddings and they’re ideal for that time of year as it feels like you’ve technically already got a coat incorporated into your outfit. However, if I was opting for a dress, I would definitely keep the outer layer in mind, too – you don’t want your coat to ruin your look if it doesn’t go!

How do you approach party dressing in your forties?

I approach it in the same way as I did in my twenties and thirties! I’m a creature of habit and always stick to a uniform of black trousers with a black cami and a great pair of heels. My wardrobe is built on staple pieces, which makes it easy to then add in any new trends and styles that are going on at the time. 

Describe your Christmas morning tradition:

Christmas morning in the Willis house normally consists of children jumping on the bed at about 5 or 6am and my husband [musician Matt Willis] and I grunting at them saying, “Go back to sleep, it’s too early”. And they do, bless them – until about 7am and then there’s no escaping it. I try and hold the kids off opening presents until after breakfast, which is quite difficult. Normally we have our extended family staying with us, too: my parents, sisters and their kids – who don’t get up at the crack of dawn – so I try and hold off as long as possible before sending the kids in to jump on them, which is usually around 8.30am.

What is your funniest Christmas memory?

Everybody was at my parents’ house for dinner, including my grandparents, sisters, and my great aunts and uncle – and we have a tradition that my dad and any other men in the house would go to the pub while we’d stay behind and eat all the chocolate and watch EastEnders. This sounds really old-fashioned now! So one Christmas, the men got back from the pub and my dad, who had had one too many drinks, went to sit down and completely misjudged it. It was like a scene from Only Fools and Horses – you know the one when Del Boy falls through the bar? My dad went to sit down and literally fell through the seat and just wiped out sideways – it’s a memory that I’ll never forget!

What is your favourite gift from your husband Matt?

He bought me a necklace that I always wear around my neck, which has two discs with my two eldest children’s fingerprints on it. Their names are on the back as well so it has their signatures and imprints from when they were around six and four years old. It’s really cute with kiddie writing. Now I need to add a third one for my other daughter.

What are your top tips for getting into the Christmas spirit?

I think the best way to get into the Christmas spirit is to start celebrating as early as possible! I’m not allowed to decorate the house until December but if I had it my way, I’d start by mid-November. On 1 December our house is literally transformed – the tree goes up, there are decorations everywhere and the stockings are out and ready. I think why put them up a week before and then take them down again a week later? Everybody says, “Christmas is always over so quickly” – so I say, make it last for a month!




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