SIDG Guide To Saving Money This Holiday Season: Outfit Edition

It goes without saying that the holiday season can get expensive. Second to gift buying, outfit shopping can quickly burn through my holiday budget. Between holiday parties with friends, family and co-workers, there are plenty of opportunities to get dressed up and while getting dressed up is fun, it can also be overwhelming when you start thinking about what to wear and how much it will cost to look your best. As tempting as it may be – don’t go crazy buying new outfits and accessories. There are plenty of options available to you that will allow you to dress well without spending a lot and without adding items to your wardrobe that you will only wear once.

Wear your wardrobe

Believe it or not, you likely have the building blocks for an outfit that is worthy of a special occasion. Browse through your closet and if you find a black dress or skirt or anything with a bit of sparkle you are headed in the right direction. By combining the pieces you already own in creative ways you will find that your wardrobe isn’t as limited as you originally thought.

Can’t find anything new to wear? Wear a holiday outfit that you wore and loved last year. Trust me, no one will notice and if they do they do, who cares, right?


By now I imagine you are familiar with Rent the Runway, if not I insist that you click here to get the scoop. If you have the tendency to buy expensive dresses only to wear them once before they are shoved into the back of your closet, renting is a great option that affords you the excitement of a new look without breaking the bank. Weary of renting a dress online without knowing how it will fit? If you live in NY, Chicago, Washington D.C. or Las Vegas you can try-before-you-rent at Rent the Runway’s brick and mortar locations. Live in Boston (like me)? Check out Best Dressed – Style for Rent in Charlestown where you can try on and rent clothing and accessories in-store.

Shop consignment

I am a huge fan of shopping second-hand and am proud to say that I snagged a nearly-new J. Crew skirt last holiday season that I wore not once, but twice and will likely wear again this winter. My go-to consignment shop is Second Time Around, they have locations all along the east coast. Check them out here to see if there is one near you! If you can’t get to a consignment shop in person, check out Tradesy or Poshmark where you can shop consignment online!

Invest in a few new accessories

A couple new accessories can transform an outfit and bring a look from casual to party appropriate. A new necklace, statement bangle, or pair of earrings may be just the thing your existing wardrobe needs this holiday season. Below are some accessories that I think would add a punch to any holiday outfit. If you are in a pinch and don’t have time to pick out a new accessory, feel free to “accessorize” your nails with a bright red or sparkly nail color!

winter 2015 accessories

1. Nordstrom Rack | Rachael Zoe Ivory Mini Horn Pendant Necklace
2. Shopbop | House of Harlow White Sand Five Station Necklace

1. Banana Republic | Triple Stone Stud Earrings
2. Nordstrom | Kendra Scott ‘Logan’ Stud Earrings

1. BaubleBar | Helix Cuff Bracelet
2. Banana Republic | Velvet Flip Bangle

How will you be putting together your outfits this holiday season?


1 Comment

  1. Lauren November 11, 2015 / 1:57 pm

    Another great option is borrowing (or clothes swapping) with friends (or in my case, cousins and sister!) One of my friends recently created a sharable excel file – where we all added dresses we are willing to share (or sell), the size, and a picture of the dress.

    Kind of our own version of “Rent the Runway”!

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