With the holiday season upon us, most of us will be starting to celebrate the season, with parties for work, family events, New Years Eve parties, or other outings. This time of the year can be an expensive month, and you might be stuck wondering what you can wear for all the events you are attending without breaking the bank. Here are a few tips to help ease you into the festive season without the stress of overspending.
The first option is simple, wear things that you already own! If you are tired of the things you already have, or feel like you wear the same thing too often, there are ways you can find new inspiration in your existing wardrobe. When you have the time, you can thoroughly organize your closet. This can include pulling everything out and hanging everything back up so you are reminded of what you own. Also, you can play around with different combinations of your clothing once you know what you have. While you are doing this, you can use helpful tools like the app Stylebook. With this app you can arrange your clothing into outfits, or let the app create your outfits for you! It’s always fun to reimagine different outfits with the clothing you already have.
If you are really ambitious, you could purge a few items while you’re at it and take them to a consignment shop and try to make some extra cash – it sure doesn’t hurt, especially during the holiday season. You could also organize a clothing swap between your friends! Host this event by telling your friends to bring clothing, shoes and accessories that they no longer wear and you can all exchange the items that work for each person. With this event, no one has to spend any additional money on their new-to-them items. End the night with some festive snacks and a holiday movie, your friends will love it!
The next option includes one of my favourite things, thrifting! Thrifting may seem overwhelming, so I have a few tips for you. Set aside the proper time to thrift, if you try to fit a thrifting outing in between multiple appointments or in the middle of a busy day, you will most likely end up overwhelmed. Second, spend some time on Pinterest or Instagram before you thrift and decide upon which pieces you want to be looking for. This will help you to stay focused on what you are actually looking for. However, you never know what you might find, so keep your eyes open for surprises too. Thirdly, try to thrift items that are made from natural materials and that are good quality items – avoid fast fashion brands or cheap items that will only last a few more washes. You are thrifting for items that you will continually wear again!
While you are checking out your local thrift shops, vintage shops, or consignment shops for some second-hand scores, you can also browse around for unique items that you could give as gifts. Sometimes the best-suited gift can be discovered on the shelves of a second-hand shop, for a very reasonable price, compared to a full price item that may have no meaning behind it.
Lastly, if you do need a new outfit for the holiday season, buy it from local designers that produce their goods sustainably. I don’t think there is anything better than buying something handmade and seeing the person who made it light up when they know that someone will enjoy their work. If supporting a local designer isn’t an option, there are several platforms in which handmade articles are curated, Etsy is one of those platforms. It is also very useful to watch the local community newspapers and social media for notices about craft sales, flea markets and pop-up shops. These are also all good opportunities to shop local and thrift at the same time.
So with all this in mind, I hope you are able to create a look (or several) during this holiday season that saved your wallet and the planet! Wishing you all a very merry season!
Previously appearing on The Ace Class