Gal on a Budget

December 11

Gal on a Budget: The Finishing Touches

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I wear dresses almost daily, but when it comes to getting dressed up for holiday events, even I jump at the chance to take it up a notch. In fact, I start mentally planning my outfit the moment an invitation arrives in my mailbox! By the time the party arrives, slipping into my outfit of choice and adding just the right accessories becomes one of my favorite parts of the evening. Along with the chance to take a few of my fancier dresses for a spin, I think what makes holiday dressing unique is that this is my favorite time of year for festive accessories. I certainly don’t shy away from beautiful ones throughout the year, but on a day-to-day basis, I keep things very simple–my delicate everyday jewelry, one of my go-to totes or small handbags, and perhaps a scarf and a pair of sunglasses. Come December though, everything from the store windows, to the light-draped trees, to the snow outside (if I’m somewhere that boasts white Christmases) sparkles, so I find myself looking for ways to sparkle a little extra too.

My holiday party style runs the gamut, from whimsical and charming (like this), to sophisticated and chic (like this), to elegant and ladylike (like this). One thing all of my holiday looks have in common, though, is a standout accessory, whether that means a statement pair of shoes, a faux fur stole, a classic bag, or a special piece of jewelry. Investing in heirloom-quality accessories has its perks (I love imagining the thrill of a future granddaughter when I gift her my favorite pieces someday!), but since you may wear these items less frequently, it can also be a good category to seek out budget-friendly items for. I was inspired to share a few of my favorite accessories to wear with dresses from the November Gal Meets Glam Collection for today’s Gal on a Budget post, in the hopes that you’ll be able to pick up a few pretty new things in time for your holiday soirées!


The LBD you’ve been waiting for! This dress combines a simple, romantic satin bodice with a floral patterned jacquard skirt that is very Audrey Hepburn-esque.


The pearl and ballet pink jacquard of our Adair dress has a touch of holiday sparkle, but my favorite thing about this fit and flare is how easy it is to wear. When it comes to holiday brunches and luncheons, this is the dress I’ll be reaching for.


Stand out in a sea of little black dresses in the red version of our Annabelle dress. The retro silhouette is accented by a v-back and a feminine bow detail, making this dress just right for December weddings, cocktail parties, and more.


Heading to a party that promises a vibrant dance floor? Our Sadie dress is the one you’ll want to take out for a spin. A floral beauty with a sweetheart neckline and elegant draped back, this style is one you simply can’t go wrong wearing.


This pink satin party dress with little black bows and a square neckline is both sweet and refined. Dress it up with high heels and pearls or down with simple, fun accessories like those below.


Our red Carmen jumpsuit is ready to help you charm your way through every event on your calendar this holiday season. The one-shoulder style is flattering and simply chic.


Our Mary dress perfectly represents my classic, feminine style. We kept this floral beauty simple and universally flattering with a fit and flare silhouette and elbow-length sleeves. I believe it will make any woman look and feel gorgeous, throughout the holidays and beyond.

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