Take the “I have nothing to wear” stress out of holiday parties. Here, three ways to get a fashionably festive look on the cheap (and on the fly).
|Banish bland. Start with a top or dress in a bold color or pattern. Add a richly textured fabric—like a cropped corduroy blazer or this flared satin skirt, left, $29.95. Or, create a striking outfit by pairing opposites, like masculine with feminine or vintage with modern.|
|Add the trimmings. Garnish your LBD with different daring accessories for each outing. Pair a basic dress with a not-so-basic shoe (like these suede platforms, $49). Top off the look with a big but inexpensive piece of jewelry, like an oversized cocktail ring, multi-strand necklace or studded cuff.|
|Bring on the bling. Just one glimmering piece makes any ensemble merrier—even a suit. A sequined scarf or glitter-encrusted clutch is perfect, but chandelier earrings (like these, $19.99) or light-reflecting lip gloss also does the trick. Feeling bold? Consider a sequined mini (with tights) or a sweater with beading.|
Holly Crawford is a writer, editor and creative consultant. She’s the Editor-in-Chief of Houston Brides magazine and a regular contributor to Allure, Amazon.com and Every Day with Rachael Ray.