The holidays are just around the corner. If you are like me; however, there will be no new major purchases this year no matter how important the holiday party. My piggy bank is empty.
The good news is that there is a myriad of ways to jazz up your existing wardrobe. This can be easily done with pieces you already have on hand.
If you budget allows, you can also pick up a couple of items for song at discount department stores or even some thrift stores as well. Better still, think about making some of pieces of your own.
Don’t limit yourself to what is currently considered trendy. Think classic too. Some things just never go out of style, especially when you pull them off with elegance and grace. Below are some of my favorite holiday ideas.
Idea #1. Use jewelry to make a holiday statement. Better yet, use it in completely new and different ways like the following.
Instead of pinning a beautiful broach on your shoulder, think about using it at the throat of a blouse or turtleneck.
Try pinning matching or coordinating pins at the cuff of your favorite holiday blouse.
Pin small little critter pins up the sleeve of your blouse and over the top of your shoulder.
Wear a dangling rhinestone or pearl necklace backwards to accent the back of your dress or your bare back.
Idea #2. Add a scarf to anything. Scarves are hot once again. Sequins are also in so if you can combine the two, all the better.
You can’t afford a new sequin scarf? Then make one yourself using craft store sequins and craft glue or a needle and thread. That way you can control the amount of sequins used.
Tie a scarf in an unexpected way. For example, make a big bow at the neckline and twist it to one side. Throw one end of the tie over your should so that the scarf can be seen from both front and back.
Add a colorful or glitzy scarf to your coat. Let it peek out of your lapel or twist it backwards, forming a U around the neck with the scarf ties handing down the back of the coat.
Tie a scarf around your waist as a belt or in addition to a belt. Let its color accent, fringe or beading jazz up a simple dress you already have on hand.
Idea #3. Change out your normal shoes. If you are usually a pump lady, try something different.
Buy a pair of killer strappy sandals. They don’t have to cost a fortune to look good. Payless offers a good variety for next to nothing.
Have your existing shoes re-dyed. Better still, glitz them up with glitter, sequins or jewels from the local craft store.
Wear your boots instead. Boots are hot this coming season and you will see them worn with everything from leggings to cocktail dresses. As long as you can pull off the look with your own personal panache, anything goes.
Add some boot pants. Although these could be hard to fine in smaller retail markets, these clever slip over the shoe pants, recover any shoe to make it look like an extension of the fabric.
Idea #4. Use your jewelry. Nothing adds a touch of class and pizzazz to an outfit like jewelry. You can take a simple black dress and make it look brand new and ultra classy with just the right jewelry accents.
Layer on the necklaces and bangles. Layering is still a hot trend, whether it is on the arm or at the neckline. Mix and match different styles, colors, and stones to create a look that expresses who you are as an individual.
Buy a killer pair of earrings. You can wear the simplest of clothing with the right pair of earrings and still make a statement. Try some chandeliers, larger hoops, or drop earrings that just won’t be ignored and you won’t be forgotten either.
Weave a necklace into your hair. Back in the days of ancient Egypt women often wore their jewels in their hair. The look is coming back, giving women a way to glorify their amazing tresses. Go for crystals, pearls or even chairs, woven into an updo or as accent across the top of the head. The look is cool and very now.
Temporarily sew a broach to a hair comb to accent your beautiful locks.
Pile on the rings. Of course, the best option would be a big and bold right hand ring. Luckily, they can be purchased for as low as $2.99. But, if you can’t afford anything new, just pile on the rings you already have in your jewelry box. The more the merrier in today’s world.
Idea #5. Invest in a glitzy night bag or make one of your own.
Thrift and consignment shops are a great place to find old-fashioned or retro beaded bags. Of course, a lot of designers are also making their own. If you can afford it, invest in one in a neutral color like black that will go with everything.
Jazz up your own bag. The craft store is loaded with sequins, beads, studs and jewels that you can add to your own bag to give it a whole new look. Get creative and build your own bag.
Add a beautiful broach to an existing handbag. A pin can turn a plain simple black satin bag into a designer looking piece in the amount of time it takes to pin it in place. This method also allows you to switch out the pin with your wardrobe choice. What could be better?
Get creative and have fun coming up with your own unique ways to jazz up your holiday wardrobe. You just might be surprised how clever you really are.