MAPLE LEOPARD: How to Style a Holiday Outfit for Less

Thursday, December 10, 2015

How to Style a Holiday Outfit for Less


Merry Christmas! Tis the season of holiday parties, galas, and get togethers. What better time to show off your chic style, and get on your glam!

 Most ladies don't like to go spend a wad of money on styling an outfit you likely will never wear again. I have to admit I have done this a few times: It's called the "Princess Diana" syndrome: wear it once and get rid of it!

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A great diversion is to shop your own closet! This is a great way to save some dollars to spend on others instead of yourself.

Chances are you already have what you need to inspire a smashing look. I'm sure just about every female closet has a little black dress, and a pair of gorgeous heels. These items are great foundation pieces to create the rest of your look around.

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Try to think outside the box when it comes to a color scheme.  You don't have to stick to the traditional holiday colors of red, green, silver, and gold.

 Break all the rules and be unique!  On a trip to Vegas last year, I found this fabulous 2 tone dress at Ross.  The sparkly pink bodice paired with black, adds a beautiful glittery glow.


If you're missing the finishing touches to your outfit, no problem: Hit up your nearest thrift store! There are several Goodwill stores in the Seattle area, but this time I found the hugest one I've ever set eyes on! It is located close to Safeco field in the Sodo district on Lane Ave. They have a "Glitter Sale" every year for the holidays.

Miss impatience did not want to wait 3 hours for my ticket to be called, so I didn't get to shop the glitter sale. I browsed in the regular part of the store, and much to my surprise I found just what I was looking for. The perfect piece to compliment this dress, a faux fur bolero.

Add a pearl necklace and some shimmery make up and your holiday look is complete.  Elf cosmetics has a clear glittery eye serum that I brush over top of my neutral eye shadow.

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Photography: Ruth Faustino

So there you have it, you  don't have to break the bank to dress up for parties. The dress and bolero cost me a total of 20.00.  The heels by coach were on a great sale a few years ago, and the vintage chain bag was a gift from my mother.

I hope this has inspired you to dig in your closet and find some treasures waiting to be worn.  In preparation for holiday festivities, did you use what you had or buy a totally new outfit? I'm sure you will be beautiful in whatever you choose! Until next time,

xo VALERIE




53 comments:

  1. What great ideas! Thrift shops are my favorite way to get stuff that I need. You really can find some gems there!

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    1. So true Hannah! I still prefer to buy my clothes new or sew them myself, but when you need something unique, it is definitely the place to look!

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  2. You look fantastic! I have that ELF glitter eye stuff and I never thought to use it OVER my eyeshadow! Brilliant!

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    1. Thank you Lauren for the kind words! So cool you already have the elf stuff I love it!

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    1. Awe thank you Angela, glad you stopped by!

      Valerie

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  4. I love your advice that you don't have to stick to traditional holiday colors!

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    1. Thank you Lindsay, yes it's nice to think outside the box, thank you for coming by!

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    1. Thank you Christy, my favorite part of the outfit!

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  6. You look great! Love the dress and shoes!

    Amanda
    Trulyyoursa.com

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    1. Awe thank you Amanda for the kind words.. I hope you have a great holiday!

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  7. You look great! I love that fur shrug and the shoes. What a great holiday look.

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  8. I always feel like once I wear an outfit, especially to an event, and post pictures in it, I can't wear it again. This is a great way to avoid feeling guilty for only wearing something once.

    All the Best,
    Allison | www.LiveLifeWellBlog.com

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    1. Ha Allison I hear you on that....It goes against my grain to wear it twice to an event...but learning to get creative with the pieces you already have makes it feel like a new outfit all over again!

      BEst to you!!

      Valerie

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  9. The fur shrug is beautiful.
    Perfect for the holidays.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

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    1. Thank you Jenny! I do love it very much, have a happy holiday season!

      xox

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  10. Thanks for linking up Valerie! You look great :) XO Kara

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    1. Thank you Kara! Have a great weekend!
      xo

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  11. love it so elegant hard to believe it was found in a post of how to save. I love it when you don't have to pay top dollar to look top dollar

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    1. Thank you Angie... So kind of you to leave a sweet comment !

      Valerie

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  12. that is such a pretty outfit. and the Bolero just adds more class :D

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    1. Thank you Beena... It was such a great find!! I hope you have a great Christmas!

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  13. So true, it's amazing how pairing different accessories and/or shifting looks can bring outfits from blah to wow 😉

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    1. Yes that's what I love about digging in your closet, thanks for stopping by Rocio!

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  14. So true, it's amazing how pairing different accessories and/or shifting looks can bring outfits from blah to wow 😉

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    1. Ha I like that "blah to wow" ..thank you Rocio...have a great holiday time!

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  15. Such a beautiful holiday outfit! I shopped my own closet too this year for the same reason, and I was amazed with what I came up with. I love Ross for dresses! If you need a special occasion dress Ross is the place to go. They have such nice ones at an inexpensive price. Love that fur too! And of course you found it at Goodwill! Where else would you find something so amazing and one-of-kind! You look gorgeous!

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    1. Awe thank you Amy!! I love Ross too, tis the first place I hit on vacation if there is one!! I hope you have a blessed holiday and thanks for stopping here!!

      Valerie
      xoxo

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  16. I love the touch of fur you added! Always an easy way to add extra glam!
    XOXO
    Thanks for joining our Tuesday Fashion Party Link-Up!
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    Katey

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    1. Thank you Katey, love the link up every week! Hope your holidays are lovely!
      xo
      Valerie

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  17. What a pretty outfit. Too bad I don't have any parties to go to this season.

    Thanks for linking up at Bloggers Spotlight Link and Pin-It Party! Your post was pinned to our group board. Check back on Thursday night to see our featured posts and link up for next week.

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  18. Nice Blog. MadisonAveMall.com is a source for women's and men's fur coats in a variety of styles and sizes. Visit us for more about our collection of mink coats, stoles, fur hats and more.

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  19. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. I will have a Xmas linkup party on Thursday. I hope you can make it.

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  20. Gorgeous! and I love that you didn't have to break the bank looking for pieces that make you look great! It is nice meeting you and having you link up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me" this past Tuesday.

    Rachel xo
    http://garaytreasures.com

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    1. Thank you so much Rachel!...glad to visit your link up! Happy Holidays!

      xo

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  21. What a beautiful outfit!! I really enjoyed your tips and thought they were perfect! I love hitting up thrift shops for gorgeous looks and always manage to find fun or pretty things!:) Merry Christmas Dear!

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    1. Thank you so much Colleen, Glad you stopped by! Yes thrifting is a great way to find unique treasures! Merry Christmas to you!

      Valerie
      xo

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  22. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I'm a big fan of thrift shopping (we call it charity shopping here in the UK). A few years ago I dropped 20lbs and had to renew my entire wardrobe, and charity shops were all I could afford. I was amazed at the wonderful clothes I could find, in clouding designer wear at a fraction of its original price. Now that's my main choice when I want something new. Thanks for a very useful post and see you soon x
    Anna
    Anna's Island Style

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    1. sorry I missed this comment Anna a year ago, shame on me! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great holiday season!

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  23. Including was what I really meant to say but predictive text jumped in Valerie!
    Anna

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  24. You are so perfect that u make the outfit even more beautiful. The dress looks like an Hervé Léger!!! So classy!!!

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    1. Thank you so much Sweet Kely, you have been an amazing friend from afar! Cant wait to meet you someday soon!

      xoxoxo

      Have a lovely Christmas!

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  25. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    I wish u the best Xmas!!! Far from stress ;)

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