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Thursday, December 7, 2017

holiday party ready (on a budget)

holiday party season has arrived.
every invite is seemingly accompanied
by an ever-growing price tag and shopping list.
whether you're attending a black-tie dinner or ugly 
sweater gathering, purchasing a different
outfit for each event is expensive.

if you're like me, wearing the same blouse
or dress to multiple parties sounds less than
ideal. how can you dress (and shop) 
during the holiday season while adhering
to your budget?

i have put together a few simple tips!
disclosure: a special thank you to value village for graciously providing
me with the gift certificate used to purchase items featured in this post. as per usual,
all opinions are my own!

mix and match!
your statement clutch or faux fur vest
can be paired with a variety of skirt, 
pant, or dress options. a black vest, for example,
can be worn with a sweater and pants (as i did
in today's post), or over your favorite
long-sleeved dress.

thrift, thrift, thrift!
shopping at department stores
and local boutiques is greatly enjoyable,
but often comes at a cost (a high cost, too).
thrifting is a wonderful and budget-friendly 
alternative. grab your girlfriends and hit
your local value village.

wear a non-traditional piece!
your black ruffle shorts, metallic skirt,
or office pants? not items that necessarily
denote 'holiday party.' however, 
these non-traditional pieces can be styled
in a way that looks and feels festive.
pair longer, ruffle (or printed) shorts with
a dressy blouse, or wear opaque tights
and a sweater with your metallic skirt.
you can also easily dress up (and make festive)
your work essentials, such as black
pants. add heels, a scarf or necktie, and
faux fur vest to instantly make your
pants look glam.
take advantage of holiday sales
(and don't be afraid to scour the clearance rack)!
if thrift shopping is not your favorite
(don't be afraid to try!), check the sale rack at
your favorite stores. seasonal tops, dresses, and shoes
are typically on sale, and many 
retailers will continue to mark down prices.
now may be the perfect time to purchase
classic, staple items (such as black 
heels or a faux leather jacket) at a reduced cost.
my outfit breakdown:
sweater (topshop thrifted) -- $10
faux fur vest (old, macy's) -- $40
pants (zara) -- $29
ring (thrifted) -- $2
heels (karen kane thrifted) -- $8
purse (target thrifted) -- $6
total -- $113 (the average dress costs
between $100-300 at most department stores)

is your calendar also filling up with
parties and other holiday-related events?
i love this time of year and enjoy
keeping busy. it's time to put together more
festive outfits #merrythriftmas

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