When it comes to Christmas shopping, we all know the stresses that it can lead to. If you are like me the holiday season starts the first of October, and it’s crazy busy!
I try not to sweat the small stuff especially when it comes to my style. We always have parties or holiday functions to attend, but money and time play a huge role in making those ultimate fashion decisions.
I’m going to give you some tips on how to look stylish without breaking the bank for your holiday activities.
Spring and Summer Items
Yes, simple items that you wore this spring and summer like t-shirts or blouses are great to incorporate in a fun holiday style.
For example, depending on your event, add a fun skirt, accessories, tights, boots or fun heel (printed or a seasonal color).
You can also bring in added style with jewelry. I love layering my jewelry by mixing metals and adding some sparkle to that simple style.
You can have fun with jeans as well just be sure to keep your denim a darker shade as you enter the night. Add a heel, blazer, classic or printed light jacket and you have a versatile day to evening outfit.
Ashley is a great example of how I incorporated a summer style in with a winter style. The skirt is the perfect corduroy skirt for the fall and the blouse was a great blend. Then I mixed in her accessories to give the overall outfit that fall feel.
I love to find great bargains so you don’t have to break the bank for that perfect holiday outfit. See what you have in your wardrobe that you might can piece together with a favorite skirt, pants, dress you found in the stores.
You can find these wardrobe pieces from any of your local discount stores. I love TJ Maxx, Ross, Marshall’s and our very own Dillard’s discount store.
Yes, you have to dig, but the great thing about these stores is it’s your one stop shop! You might be able to load up on other Christmas gifts while you are there too!
The Little Black Dress
Yes, I love a little black dress. It’s classic and can be very versatile. I do believe you need a black dress for the summer and the fall.
The material makes a big difference as far as seasonal style.
How can you make your dress or skirt versatile you ask? Accessorize, add a print or some color, whether it’s in your shoe, boot, belt, light jacket, blazer, or a structured cardigan.
Depending on the style of your dress or skirt you can always play with layers. Make sure your layers are not too bulky and overwhelming. This little black dress, pant or skirt can really take you to more than one Christmas or holiday function.
Liven It Up
Use a print, fun color or both in your accessories. Shoes, belt, scarf, clutch or purse, you name it, prints and seasonal colors will never go out of style.
This is by far my easiest and most affordable tip. You can find these items at your favorite stores.
I give this tip for all of my styles. It’s so easy to change a simple outfit with different pieces of jewelry.
Kohl’s, Burlington Coat Factory, Dillard’s and even your local boutiques have great prices on costume jewelry.
I wanted to add fun style and layers to my little black dress (TJ Maxx) in the picture below.
Unwind in Your Workout Clothes
Take a day or two to run around in your workout clothes. I know that sounds silly coming from a stylist, but I really think if we can run around with our comfortable gear on we are less likely to stress out and we tend to get things done in a timely less stressful manner.
It’s nice to get that shopping done in comfort. However, I advise if you are trying on clothes to wear the right undergarments and make sure you throw on a little make up ;)
Don’t stress about the holidays, enjoy them with your family and friends. Most of all remember what the season is about, our lord and savior Jesus Christ!
I hope with all the money you have saved through shopping for bargain fashions that you will remember to give back to those in need.