Festive Looks for Less

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).


flared satin skirt - h&m
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.
michael antonio cobalt suede pumps
Michael Antonio
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.
avon chandelier earrings
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.

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