Adorable holiday dinner outfit under $100
The tree is decked, the house is stunning, the table is gorgeous. Now it’s time to deck yourself.
Whether it’s a big family dinner, a holiday party or a special occasion for the season, here’s an inspiration for putting together the perfect holiday outfit — the whole thing under $100. Because we know those little elves have been putting a strain on your bank account this month.
Your base: a plain red-ish dress with long sleeves:
Red is the most exciting and impactful color of the season, but instead of going with a bright cherry, look for maroons, oxblood and deeper, richer tones of red.
A simple sheath or fitted dress with long sleeves provides a flexible base layer that you can mix and match in many different ways throughout the season.
The Long Sleeve Tulip-Back Dress at Charlotte Russe is only $20. With long sleeves and a slightly-below-knee-length, this style is flattering for many different body shapes and ages. The tulip-back provides a touch of sass, without being over the top. Long Sleeve Tulip-Back Midi Dress, on sale $20 (plus Cash Back), Charlotterusse.com
On bottom: cream flats:
Whoever said you can’t wear white in the winter never looked outside. We love mixing cream-colored, patent leather ballet flats with a red dress. It’s more cheerful than black and the lighter color keeps your eyes moving upward, also elongating your legs.
Ballet flats are comfortable and appropriate for all ages. Ditch bows and bedazzles to look more sophisticated, and a shiny patent leather makes these slip-ons feel fancier. Women’s Shae Ballet Flats, $13.99 (plus Cash Back), Target.com
Go crazy with accessories:
You’ve got your simple base and simple shoes. Now is where you can express yourself to match your personal style and the occasion. Wear faux pearls to dress up your outfit, perfect for a dinner before the opera or “Nutcracker.” If you’re more conservative and looking to tone down your dress, look for a scarf with cream accents.
Or make a dramatic and fashion-forward statement with a rhinestone necklace. That’s our favorite bet — and this necklace, dress and new shoes total under $70. That leaves extra for a new handbag, tights, earrings or a new tube of winter red lipstick. Women’s Rhinestone Frontal Necklace, on sale $11.90 (plus Cash Back), Target.com