Last week was actually the first Friday of the month but since we were enjoying a week of giveaways, this month’s Green & Gorgeous post had to wait until today. As we find ourselves in the midst of holiday party season, I thought we’d take a moment to look at some fun ways to look your best for those festive nights out.
If you want to lessen your impact, buying secondhand is one of the best ways to deck yourself out, while sticking to your ideals and philosophies. Thrifting takes time, but with a little patience you might just find the perfect new-to-you vintage dress!
If you don’t need a completely new outfit, read on for some ideas on how to make the most of what you have, or add simple additions to create a new holiday look.
Use what you have, but shake it up! Take a look at your wardrobe and see what new combinations you can create just by switching up the accessories. Here are a few ideas:
- try a high-waisted belt with a loose fitting shirt
- pair a long shirt or short dress with leggings and boots or heels
- add a scarf or a few pins to dress up what you’ve got (take a look at Ms. Lisa Leonard for some inspiration!)
- add a little sparkle to your outfit for some holiday flair, whether with jewelry or some sequined trim
Create, Repurpose or Buy Handmade
If you’re looking for some creative inspiration, visit one of my favorite repurposers, Deanna of Recycled Lovelies, to see how you can take what you have in your scrap box and create something worthy of the window displays of Anthropologie. I love how she takes what she sees for sale and then creates her own, handmade version.
Little touches can really bring a lot of bang for your buck to your holiday getup. It’s not too late to order a little something before Christmas from many Etsy shops, where you can find all sorts of handmade clothing or accessories.
Or maybe you’re lucky enough to have a local brick and mortar boutique featuring handmade goodies made by local crafters and artisans. Start your shopping there, and you might find just the right little accessory to spruce up an outfit you already have at home.
Sometimes the simplest addition will bring a much-needed unique touch to your wardrobe for those special holiday occasions.
What’s your favorite way to get dressed up for the holidays, while keeping eco-friendly values in mind?