Want to be a #FinancialFashionista for the Holidays?
Here are ways you can enjoy the parties and events without adding to your credit card debt.
Some items are worth the extra dollars.
When it comes to shoes, don’t cut corners! You have to walk in them all day and all evening at the holiday parties, so they need to feel good!
What’s less attractive than a woman with a beautiful pair of shoes that is hobbling awkwardly and about to fall down (or actually does fall, we’ve all seen this!) Vince Camuto and Steve Madden are my favorite brand of shoes. While they are certainly not cheap, the price is worth it because not only do you look great, but you walk with class and confidence.
They feel GOOD on your feet and they don’t quickly go out of style. One of my pair of Vince Camuto boots was purchased at the Soho location three years ago, and each year I get them professionally polished and redo the heals and I get non stop complements on them.
I never buy shoes at discount stores because they don’t last and they hurt!
Don’t buy it, rent it!
If you haven’t heard of Rent the Runway then you are missing out! From Carolina Herrera to Vera Wang and many others, they have the most current, beautiful labels so you can dress to impress at any party.
Instead of spending $1000 for one night, you simply rent it for about 10%. The best part is, that when you click on a dress, you can see pictures of “real” people that posted to the sight about their night out.
They even disclose the size, so if you are a size 6 or 10, you can look for a picture of someone wearing that size and get an idea of how it will look on YOU. You can also rent amazing accessories to complete your look.
Don’t be afraid to buy gently used items.
Alot of people don’t realize the amazing brands available at high end consignment shops like Plato’s closet. So many women buy beautiful name brands and never wear them, so you can find name brand jeans, dresses and all kinds of accessories that still have the original price tag!
Plato’s closet makes it very clear that they want current fashion and style from the customers that bring clothes in, and they will not accept items that don’t fit those requirements.
Mix and Match.
Let’s be honest – if you start with a standard dress at a discount store, and then add an amazing scarf to it along with high quality jewelry, stylish shoes and a great purse, then the entire outfit will look more expensive.
Making an investment on a Michael Kors purse or a pair of Juicy sunglasses that you wear everyday makes a lot more sense than overspending on a dress that you can’t wear too often. Elie Tahari is a sharp and sophisticated brand that comes in a range of prices to fit your fashionista budget.
They fit well and are high quality so they also do not quickly go out of style. Remember the dress is the basic part of the outfit, and the accessories are what change year to year, so you can completely transform a dress by changing up the scarf, necklace and belt.
It’s ok to splurge!
If you are a #financialfashionista then you are being creative and spending dollars where it really counts, so if that leaves you room for a pair of Christian Louboutins then go for it! Just don’t put it on a credit card, because the dreaded January credit card bill is what causes this country to go into a funk.
The idea is to take your budget, whatever that is, and to balance your spending between the key pieces that make the outfit pop and then mixing them up with the discount pieces that go out of style quickly anyway.
Look for Alternatives for name brands, especially for short term trendy items.
For the holiday parties that call for spicing it up and getting your sexy on, while still trying to keep your wallet in check, go to www.WantMyLook.com. This site boasts celebrity looks for less than $100.
The shoe selection is very small, and I wouldn’t say there is an abundance of items, but there are still plenty of dresses, rompers, tops and bottoms to choose from. These outfits are for the fierce fashionista that’s not afraid to show some skin during the holidays or let it all hang out.
Perfect for a sassy New Year’s Eve as well.