6 Budget-Friendly Tips on What to Wear for the Holidays

With the next few weeks being filled with holidays, you might be planning to get a few festive outfits together to wear. Instead of finding yourself spending a lot of money on one outfit you’ll probably only wear for a mere few hours here and there, wouldn’t it be great to still be able to get in the holiday spirit while saving more money? Good news! It is possible to put together a budget-friendly festive fashion ensemble afterall:

01: Thrift Stores

Whether you’re going to be attending a formal dinner party or taking part in an ugly sweater pub crawl, thrift stores can be a key place to find exactly what you’re looking for. You might be impressed with the wide variety usually available, the prices are mainly reasonable, and it is very likely your items will be unique finds.

02: Dollar Store Crafts

If you do find yourself in need of an ugly sweater, one possible approach is to find an outdated one at a thrift store or purchase a new yet inexpensive sweatshirt. This will be the “base” for your ugly sweater. Then head to a local dollar store and look through their holiday decorations and craft section. Think of things you would want to hot glue to the sweater. It’s amazing what a little garland, bon bons, tinsel and ornaments can do! Get creative and let your personality shine. One of the best things about this is that you’re guaranteed your sweater will be one-of-a-kind.

03: Comfy Route

If there’s one time of year where you can get away with wearing fuzzy pajamas out, it’s the holiday season. Many places seem to have “comfy pants” for $5.00 - $10.00 and the trend of adult footie pajamas has seemingly taken off lately too. Slippers are also a great addition to accompany any cozy outfit too.

04: Purchase Off-Season

Although it can’t apply for this holiday year, purchasing any clothes off-season year-round can save you a ton of money! A good idea is to always go to the clearance section of any store or on their website. It may seem odd at first to be purchasing items such as boots and coats toward the beginning of summer, but the following winter will approach before you know it and you’ll be able to show off your frugal finds!

05: Limit Accessories

Sometimes the simpler the better - especially when it comes to saving some bucks. Limiting accessories is a great option to cut back on the cost of your attire. Of course it’s still okay to accessorize and do whatever you’re comfortable doing, but you might want to think twice before impulse buying the antler headband or festive light necklace.

06: DIY Nails

If you want your nails to look pretty for all the holiday fun but don’t want to spend money at a salon, consider giving yourself an at-home manicure. Buy some inexpensive nail polish in the holiday color or colors of your choice and carefully apply. Think about applying a glittery top layer for some added sparkle too.

Hopefully the above ideas will help give you some ideas on how to look festive and fancy without the need of breaking the bank. No matter what route you choose, dressed up or relaxed, enjoy showing off your attire. Remember to have fun, stay safe and have confidence!