The Christmas season and another New Year are upon us. If you’re attending a lot of parties over the next few weeks, you’ll probably want several different looks so you don’t show up looking like a “fashion repeat” at each event.
But what do you do if one party is more formal than another, or if the same people will be showing up at each party meaning that you need a new look for each event or if you simply don’t have the budget for all of the party clothes required.
Luckily there is a simple fix that will get you through the holiday season without spending any money or very little money.
First, go into your closet to pull out the following:
- Skirt – Pencil (straight) or A-Line (flared) or other skirt appropriate for your body type in a dark colour (black, navy, grey, plum)
- Dress Pants – Skinny, straight or wide leg (same colour as above and again appropriate for your body type)
- Simple Tops – Tank, V-neck, wrap, or fine knit turtleneck (same colour as above)
So far you have a skirt, pair of pants and a top or two all in the same colour.
Now go into your closet for:
- Something that shines or sparkles such as a sequined vest or silver or gold cardigan, a cashmere sweater or other luxurious item made of satin, velvet or lace
- Shiny accessories such as scarves, belts, shoes and jewellery – these will help you easily change your look
- Anything else that strikes your fancy for the holiday season
Shoe jewellery is becoming very popular; you just clip it on any shoe to add a touch of glamour. They can be found at The Bay and Town Shoes for much less than a pair of shoes.
If you don’t want to spend money and you’re missing something, borrow it from a friend or shop for less at a consignment store. Only purchase the item if you will wear it frequently after the holidays.
Here are your 4 holiday looks you can easily create:
Look #1 – Sophisticated Evening
You can easily create the illusion of a LBD (Little Black Dress) by combining your same colour top and skirt.
The beauty of this is that you can get more mileage out of two pieces. You can wear the skirt separately with a blazer for a business look or the top with dress pants, jeans and much more.
Don’t feel limited to black. This look can also be achieved with a top and bottom in the same matching grey, navy, plum or other dark colour.
Be creative by mixing fabrics, for example, a black satin top and a black velvet skirt. Tie your faux LBD together with a black patent belt with a silver or crystal buckle.
Add some glamorous jewellery and killer heels and you have a sophisticated evening look for the holidays.
Look #2 – After Hours Office Party
Remove your blazer, pull out your white shirt tails, add a statement necklace, sparkly vest or belt, swap your office heels for evening heels and add an evening bag to go straight from your office to the office party.
Look #3 – Girls Night Out
A simple way to change up your holiday look for a girls night out is to swap the dress pants for a pair of jeans – then add some dress heels, flats or booties and shiny or glittery jewellery.
Use your imagination, add your personality and you can’t go wrong.
Look #4 – Dinner Party
Depending upon the type of dinner party and formality, you can glam up your jeans, dress pants or skirt with your white shirt, black top or sparkly accessories.
Have fun creating your holiday party look!
Then report back … what’s your favourite fix for your holiday look?