It’s that time of year. The Starbucks Christmas cups are out and I’ve heard my first Jingle Bells of the season. Office parties are looming and, if you’re anything like me, you’re already planning your Christmas party wear. But when the world and her wife are trying to be more sustainable in their fashion choices, how do you shop smart when it comes to party wear?
In previous years, my Christmas party wear outfits have been less than smart. Frivolous, extravagant gowns that get worn to one party and then gather mothballs in my wardrobe.
Okay, I don’t really have mothballs and most of my dresses have previously been sold or lent to friends, or given to charity. It is still a waste though. And given that my new minimalistic ethos (as pretentious as that sounds) is all about wearing items again and again, about being smart in my purchases and less wasteful.
Tips and Tricks for Shopping Smart this Christmas
1. Plan your social schedule
Do you really need a ballgown if your Christmas parties involved after work cocktails and dinner with friends? Probably not.
Planning out your party season means that you have a clearer idea of what you need in your Christmas party wear wardrobe.
2. Have a clear idea of how you’d like to look
I can spent hours on Pinterest, saving looks that I love and can recreate with a few key items. It focuses my brain when shopping because I know which items I want and how I’m going to wear them.
I often write a shopping list of items that will work well for my chose aesthetic. It stops me getting side tracked by sparkly ball gowns.
3. Never try on the ballgown
And when I do see that gorgeous, floor length, silk dress with a neck in midnight blue that I could die for. I never, never, never try it on. The moment you do, you’re likely to fall even more and buy the item.
So many times I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole of trying on a completely frivolous item which has, inevitably, ended up in my wardrobe just awaiting a chance to be worn.
4. Pick versatile items
A velvet blouse or silk shirt can be worn with so many different items. They can be dressed up with fifties full skirts or leather trousers. They can also be pulled out of the wardrobe in January and worn with wide legged jeans or layered with chunky knits.
The same can be said of a leather mini skirt. Worn with a sheer blouse, it is perfect for an evening with cocktails. Worn with a chunky knit, it is perfect for the office.
A velvet midi dress will look amazing with high heels and a red lip for Christmas parties. It can also be layered with a polo neck and chunky, knee-high boots for daily wear.
5. Keep your existing wardrobe in mind whilst shopping
The trick of keeping your new purchases versatile is to think about what’s already in your wardrobe before purchasing. For instance, there’s no point buying that expensive, velvet blouse if you don’t have anything to wear it with – but for the Christmas party wear season and after.
When shopping, I often work through the clothing in my wardrobe that I would wear the new item with. They have to go with at least three items that I already own, otherwise I’m just being wasteful and will either not wear the new item or will need to buy more clothes to go with it.
And what will I be wearing as Christmas party wear?
I really want to channel a 70s aesthetic for my Christmas party wear. A velvet blouse or wide-leg trousers are my priority. And of course, a statement blazer with leather trousers … I would really be me without that combo.
Shop my Christmas party wear wish list
I will, of course, be sharing my winter looks with you soon so stay tuned and make sure you’re following me on Instagram to keep up with all my winter fashion (and lingerie) experiments.
What items will you be channeling this Christmas?