with all these holiday parties it can be tricky coming up with outfits without purchasing a new Holiday wardrobe. to me, a Holiday outfit is a little flashier than your typical cocktail attire. here are some ideas to stretch your clothing budget, and still look good.
1. instead of buying a new dress, how about buying a new cardigan? throwing a new cardigan over an old dress refreshes the outfit. some of my favorite holiday cardis are the ones with sequins. while J. Crew has this cardigan for $189
i picked up this cardigan for $24 from Forever 21. (please ignore the flannel underneath and the Erkel glasses...ew)
i know i know it doesn't touch the J.Crew cardi in quality, but for a holiday look, it's perfect. i'll be pairing it with a pink lace top and a black pencil skirt.
my next party i have a little black dress that i plan on throwing this sequined vest over. thank you again Forever21 but could you please leave the glasses at home?
2. purchase a few pieces of
costume statement jewelry. finesse that simple dress with this necklace from Charlotte Russe $12
3. raid your friend's closet. this is something i had no problem doing at 16 but why not at 29? in fact, i just had a girlfriend come over and borrow a cute silver dress i wore last year. just because i don't want to wear it two years in a row, doesn't mean it shouldn't be worn.
4. experiment. you probably have a great outfit just waiting to be discovered. look through your favorite clothing brand websites and then go back through your closet with a fresh eye. there is sure to be an outfit that you hadn't considered pairing together until now.