Holiday Fashion on a Budget

December 16, 2016

These days when I’m nursing Thomas I find myself stuck in an Instagram hole – that black hole where you end up scrolling through tons of great holiday fashion posts forever and get a lot of inspiration from it. However, I noticed that most of these posts are advertising new, expensive pieces that are hard to fit into the budget this time of year. As a new mom, I’m finding it even more difficult to find the time and the money to splurge on something that I’ll only wear a few times. Therefore, instead of purchasing another unneeded sparkly ensemble (although I would REALLY like to!), I’m putting together pieces from items already in my closet. The items I chose are classic pieces found in most closets and ones you can easily add your own spin to. It’ll keep you looking holiday ready without spending money on new clothes that are good for only one season!

black holiday outfit

This first one is my favorite go-to outfit when I need something put together and easy! It’s just a simple black top and pant, which you can do with any color. Choosing the same color on top and bottom will elongate your frame and is flattering on any shape. The key is to just balance out the heaviness of one color. To do that I picked a v-neck top and a statement necklace so it wasn’t too heavy on top. I also picked a shirt that had a little bit of velvet to make it holiday ready, along with a statement shoe to really make it pop! You can also add a great earring or bracelet for some elements of color or even just a strong lip. The choices are endless and it’s sure to get you through that work holiday lunch or get-together with friends!


Next I chose a printed off the shoulder fit ‘n flare dress which is a little more festive! This can be worn under a furry jacket when you’re dashing around in the cold, chilly weather and taken off once you’re inside partying. I see this as a great option for attending an event like The Nutcracker or dinners out with family. I added statement earrings, simple makeup and this look is done! The fit ‘n flare is another classic that flatters everyone. You can pick one with sleeves to add more coverage and add a fun braided updo to add emphasis to your neck. This dress was actually purchased in the spring, but as long as the colors are right you can easily bring it into winter. I would just suggest staying away from anything too floral!




Lastly I picked a fun pencil skirt and sweater in holiday colors and added a sparkly headband to keep it from looking too much like a work outfit. I see this as a Christmas Day look. You can choose a big, fluffy sweater, a cardigan or even a printed top. I think mixing prints would even be fun. Amping this up or keeping it simple are completely up to you. These outfits can be completely transformed every time you wear them! 



I even tried an updo here, which I probably failed at miserably. I love my hair up but find anything fancier than a ponytail or low bun seems to just end up falling out. I had a really cute halo braid going, but I couldn’t get it to stick so I ended up just twisting too ponytails and pinning them up here. If you’re good with hair I say use it as an accessory! 


I hope you enjoyed this holiday on a budget post! It’s always tempting to buy something new for upcoming holidays and events but chances are you have a great ensemble for it already hanging in your closet. Happy holidays all! 

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  • Reply Annie December 19, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Kelly, I love reading your blog. Very interesting ideas and you are a great writer. Looking beautiful in every picture.❤️

    • Reply December 19, 2016 at 8:36 am

      Thank you so much! 😊😘

  • Reply Jenna Condon December 19, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    This is a great post idea! Love that outfit with the red pencil skirt, perfect for the holiday!

    • Reply December 19, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Thanks so much Jenna!! 😊

  • Reply Brian Holcombe December 22, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Very nicely written Kelly! Looking good!

    • Reply December 22, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      Thanks Brian!!

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