Dressing for the Holidays without Breaking the Bank

Holiday parties are a fun way to reconnect with friends, family, and work associates as the weather transitions to a cooler climate after a busy summer of outdoor activities. It can be expensive and stressful though when it comes time to shop for those festive party outfits. That is unless you know how to accessorize those great ensembles that you already have, or know how to shop for great accessories.


Back to Basics

Every woman should have at least one little black dress in her wardrobe for those last minute business dinners, and semi-formal get togethers. If you have more than one GREAT! The little black dress is a highly versatile, timelessly classic look that can be updated, modified, or changed easily with a few accessory changes.

Outer Wear as an Accessory

With the holidays comes cooler weather. Cooler weather means that you will need to bundle up more as you attend your holiday gatherings. So, use those outer layers as a way to add more accents to your holiday ensemble. Some simple outer wear accessories that you can find cheaply are:

  • Scarves – Scarves come in many colors, fabrics, sheens, and styles making them one of the most effective outer wear accessories that you can spend your money on. Scarves can be worn with or without a jacket and can add color or sparkle to any outfit.
  • Gloves – This forgotten accessory was all the rage in the fifties as women wore full-length and wrist length evening gloves whenever they went out. As the decades have passed so too has this elegant trend. Fortunately for you, there are still ways to wear gloves as a fashion accessory. Although you will probably be removing them once you reach your destination, knitted mittens come in an array of colors, patterns, and materials that make them a great way to add a splash of color. An example would be a bright pair of red mittens, or knit gloves worn with a black peat coat. This example keeps the sleek lines while spicing it up with a little holiday flair of red that does double duty by keeping your hands warm.
  • Hats or Ear Muffs – Winter hats don’t have to be pointy, bulky, knit caps. Women are lucky in the fact that the rules of etiquette still dictate that a woman does not have to remove her hat when entering a room or sitting down to eat if it is part of her ensemble. So, why not find a stylish Beret or Fedora that can be worn as an accessory.

Where to Shop for Inexpensive Accessories

Accessories whatever they may be do not have to be expensive nor do they have to be cheaply made. Thrift stores and vintage or antique stores are a great place to find quality jewelry, hats, and scarves that will update and increase your current wardrobe’s flexibility.

If you are not into thrift stores, there are also options such as outlet malls, and holiday craft fairs that will provide you with a huge selection of stylish reasonably priced accessory choices to keep your wardrobe stylish and up to date.