Despite loving clothes and the whole process of curating a *look*, the holidays—and all.of.the.parties—require putting together a lot of different outfits, which honestly tires me out before the partying even starts.
I personally can never leave the house for a party in something I don’t absolutely love (or that’s not on-theme with the time of year), so to get ahead of any last-minute in-front-of-my-mirror meltdowns, I set out to find a few pieces to add to my wardrobe that I knew would become staples in my holiday party rotation and beyond (proud outfit-repeater here!).
My strategy was to find stylish pieces that felt festive enough for all my holiday celebrations but were also versatile enough to mix and match. The result? I settled on a trendy-yet-elegant skirt, two super-soft sweaters, and, of course, a fun pair of party shoes.
And the best part? I was able to find an honestly impressive array of stylish options all from Walmart, which means nothing was more than $40 at checkout. (That’s a major win, especially since I’m trying to save for my gift-giving budget.)
It’s time to make a fashion game plan, though, so let me take you through all the different holiday outfits I’m planning for my December celebration tour—from a dinner party with the girls to in-office cocktail parties to a few family-hosted gatherings. Happy holiday partying (and shopping), y’all.
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Scoop Party Cardigan — $32.00
I work from home normally, but I have some in-office trips planned for the end of the year, which means lots of at-work and post-work holiday celebrations—aka I need a look that can take me from day to night, and that still slays without question.
So, I’m pairing this rhinestone-studded cardigan with my new satin midi skirt I also found at Walmart, black tights, and loafers. And I’ll probably throw on a black or red headband for a preppy oomph to round out the ‘fit.
It’s truly the perfect piece for wanting to feel nice and put-together while still including a little bit of holiday edge and personality. (Yes, I did just find my new-favorite cardigan, which is saying a lot because I have at least 10 sitting in my closet right now).
Scoop Satin Asymmetrical Midi Skirt — $28.00
I’ve had my eye on a midi skirt for a few months now, and I decided it was time to take the plunge just in time for some holiday gatherings with friends. While the vibe of our annual hometown hangout is usually come as you are—especially since we’re usually hanging at someone’s house—I always come overdressed. (You only see these people once a year, right?!)
My party fit for this evening will be this asymmetrical satin skirt that I’ll pair with an oversized knit sweater, along with black boots and simple black bag, and of course a red lip. I love pairing elegant, chicer pieces (like this skirt) with more comfy, oversized ones for a holiday look that’s ideal for lots of eating, drinking, and laughing. Did I mention the skirt has an elastic waist band? That’s what I call a win-win.
Scoop Women’s Covered Platform Heels — $40.00
This year, I scored an invite to my family friends’ annual soiree—aka a slightly fancier function with a legit food set-up and not your average BYOB—and that meant I needed a look to match.
I’m opting for the LBD (little black dress) vibe because you literally can never go wrong, plus I have a velvet long-sleeve number in my closet that is the dress soulmate to these black suede heels. And since the shoes are a moment on their own, I’m going simpler on the accessories with some silver hoops, a clutch, and you guessed it: a swipe of cheerful lipstick.
Scoop Women’s Chunky Turtleneck Sweater — $26.00
I’m not trying to pick favorites, but the holiday gathering I’m most looking forward to is a lowkey girls-only dinner party night to swap gifts, watch The Holiday, and eat all the seasonal-inspired food we can think up. Obviously, we’ll be taking plenty of group pictures and selfies to commemorate the night, which means I need a fit that delivers.
So, I’m planning on french-tucking this cozy oversized turtleneck into my nicer, wide-leg, dark-wash jeans, with my new pair of black suede heels that will no-doubt come off after I sit down. And I can’t help but add some admittedly-tacky-but-still-cute holiday earrings to top it all off. Holiday outfit planning? Officially complete.