Hello, my dear friends! The holidays are upon us, no kidding! One thing about the holidays, is the need to dress glam for various occasion, friends gathering, open houses, office parties, you name it. Even when one is very good at dressing up, sometimes the constrains of time and/or budget, or the plain factor of boredom, makes it a bit more challenge during the holidays. Last Wednesday, I did a live presentation on our local tv station on how to dress glam on a dime.
During the segment, we simulated three typical wardrobe situations and how to address them. You can watch the entire segment online here, and I am going to recap all three below:
Case 1: small budget but plenty of time
When time is on our side, shopping sales or sale sites is the best way to score designer fashion for less. I like to shop at online sites with free shipping both ways, 30-day return policy and frequent coupon offering of additional discounts. One of these sites is Saks Off Fifth, it also have a local presence so I can do return and exchange in person if needed.
Giving myself a $250 budget, I was able to pull six looks for three occasions. The last one is a bit more expensive because I splurged on shoes, it could be cut in half if you don’t get new shoes at all. ^^
Case 2: small budget and little time
Not everyone is super good with planning ahead of time, or sometimes we just need a look for a single occasion that is unlikely to repeat. Times like this, my recommendation is rent the look. Best way to do so is rent them online via Rent The Runway. Compared to local rental shop, it has a much larger collection of current designer fashion, and with copious selection of accessories. One can even rent everyday fashion and accessories from RTR nowadays. The company opened a boutique in Georgetown last year so if you are in the DC area, that is a good place to go trying on styles, or grab a last-minute look.
For the look I presented in the tv segment, I was able to pull it together and had all the items overnighted, the total bill (rush shipping and taxes included) was around $260. The beauty of RTR, for a girl with way too many clothes, is that I don’t need to keep them, just put everything back to the pre-paid envelope provided by RTR after wearing, no need to dry clean, either.
Case 3: no budget and no time
How about during the holidays, we feel a little extra squeeze on the wallet because of all the gift shopping we have to do, or the occasion is fancy enough for dressing up (date night, GNO) but not for buying new outfits? This is when I turn and shop in my own closet. By grouping luxurious fabrics and textures creatively, we can make old piece look brand new!
Stacking up statement jewelry is another quick way of adding glam. For winter time, a faux fur stole and some statement earrings can do the trick super fast and easy as well. At least, a dash of highlighter and a good red lip color can get you in the zone on the fly.
Thank you so much for reading! I hope this post can provide you with some good ideas on how to dress up for less. Would you like to see more topics like this? How do you like the tv segment? Would love to hear your thoughts. See you in my next post!