Finding the perfect holiday look for any budget. “You go high and I’ll go low”


Version 2The holidays means parties and get togethers. It’s a busy time of the year. Whether it’s an office party or Christmas Gala, you want to look stylish and festive this season. Whether you want to treat yourself to a special outfit or you are on a budget, the perfect festive look is out there for you. Today on Bridge Street, with some help from Skaneateles 300 owner Geraldean, I shared my tips with co-hosts Sistina and Tenesha on just how to do it. fullsizeoutput_2659Tip: When you are on a budget, look for pieces that have interesting details to make them feel special and  mix textures to add interest to your outfit. In many cases, you can get away with faux leather pants because you are wearing them layered with other pieces rather than investing in an expensive pair of real leather pants. 

Today on the show we featured a red lace dress that is a steal! What makes it special is the festive color and the nude slip underneath that gives the illusion of showing skin but you are actually covered. Pair it with a pair of great pumps and pretty makeup for your dressy holiday party.

img_9106Tip: If you decide to splurge on your holiday look, make sure it’s something you can wear again

Of course when choosing an outfit for the show I gravitated for the high-end item- the simplest things usually are the most expenseive, right? I loved the long sleeve dress with mesh detail at the neckline so it shows some skin but there’s coverage. Paired with fun tights and booties, this is a great holiday look.

fullsizeoutput_265bTip: Mixing expensive pieces with lower priced options is smart, and makes a look more interesting. 

How cute was Sistina in that black fit and flare dress. I love that it has structure but also the flare of the skirt adds the softness. This pieces was priced mid-range, but also something you can wear later, mixing it with an item you probably already own like  a demin jacket and ankle moto boots. Cute.

img_9103Tip: To get the most out of your splurge pieces, try to choose classic items that you can keep and use for years. Keep the very trendy pieces cost efficient so you don’t feel badly about only wearing them once for a party.

Tenesha, like me, chose a splurge piece. But with it’s modern silhouette and utilitarian pockets, it has longevity and versatility. She wore it with pumps and looked “vavavoom” for a black tie event. But for an office party she can pair it with a cropped black jacket and flats to still be chic but less dressy.

Version 2Tip: A great way to dress up your look for a party is to change up your accessories.

The cross body bags and clutches that Geraldean showed today are great because the gold chain can dress up your outfit but your an also use them every day if you want, so you can get more use out of them beyond your party. A fun funky pair of shoes will add style to a simple black cocktail dress. Unique necklaces also dress up a simple dress or outfit and help to express your personality in a fun and festive way. The cute flower chocker we showed today is only $38 and can also be worn as a broach. Fun.

A holiday party give us a chance to play dress up for a night so make the most of it and have fun!  Thanks to Geraldean for being a party of today’s holiday segment. Check out Skaneateles 300 for all these great styles featured today. You can even shop online at I like to follow them on Instagram here for inpsiration.

Missed the show today? Click  here to watch now. Be sure to follow me too on Instagram for more holiday fashion inspiration throughout the season, and tag me in your holiday party photos so I can see the fun and festive holiday outfits you chose for your get together this season. Happy holidays!