13 Holiday Season Essentials for High and Low Budgets

PhotoGrid_1448777909438The festive season is all about parties and reunions. But it’s also the busiest time of the year – rushing for deadlines at work, making holiday plans, buying pressies for everyone, and finding the right outfit for every single party/get-together you are going to attend… Just thinking about these is giving you a headache? Don’t worry, ahead are 13 essentials for both high and low budgets that will get you through this holiday season and beyond.

The Convertible Clutch
Use this as a clutch for an elegant look at your company’s Christmas luncheon, and convert it into a hassle-free shoulder bag to dance your night away with your BFFs. The choice is yours.

HIGH: Proenza Schouler

The Festive Dress
Forget that lacklustre sequin number you have been rocking for the last five years. Opt for an equally festive but way cooler metallic dress this season. The best part? No more post-party missing sequins or thread-pulling dramas – win-win.

HIGH: Gianluca Capannolo
LOW: Boohoo

The Non-Grandma-Like Kitten Heels
Let’s be honest: how often can you party all night in a pair of stilettos without killing your feet? Swap for some kitten heels with interesting details, and you will be waltzing gracefully with your head held high into the train station after the NYE party this time.

HIGH: Givenchy
LOW: Jeffrey Campbell

The Statement Cuff
A statement cuff is a throw-on-and-go type of accessory. It helps a simple outfit looks more pull together.

HIGH: Sass & Bide
LOW: Topshop

The Fierce LBD
If this one shoulder blazer dress style is good enough for Tyra Banks (think ANTM Cycle 22), it is good enough for us. Try this non-classic LBD for a fierce entrance, and oh, don’t forget to `smize’!

HIGH: Versus
LOW: Missguided

The Novelty Bag
If you don’t own a novelty bag already, this silly season is the best time to get one. The bag itself is such a show-stopping piece that will not only make a simple outfit more interesting, but it will also act as a great conversation starter at parties.

HIGH: Moschino
LOW: Skinnydip London

The Not-Your-Average White Shirt
Who doesn’t like a clean white shirt? These ones here offer a stylish twist to your standard white shirts that will go with every bottom in your wardrobe.

HIGH: Theory
LOW: Front Row Shop

The Midi Wrap Skirt
Pair it with a crop top, a T-shirt, or a button down, the styling options are limitless for this midi skirt. The longer hem line also makes the playful peek-a-boo effect stays classy.

HIGH: Nicholas
LOW: Atmos&Here

The Go-With-Everything Longline Waistcoat
Although the weather of holiday season here in Sydney is usually very warm, the last thing you want is to catch a cold because of that annoying Southerly. Throw on this longline waistcoat for extra warmth to brace the sudden gust.

HIGH: Elizabeth & James

The Next-Level Crop Top
Equip yourself with a crop top with unique details that you can pair it with any bottom or layer it with dresses and jumpsuits.

HIGH: Alice McCall
LOW: Front Row Shop

The Bandeau Culotte Jumpsuit
When in doubt, wear jumpsuit. The silhouette of this bandeau culotte jumpsuit guarantees a stand out. Wear it with the aforementioned white shirt, longline waistcoat or crop top to create more outfit combos.

HIGH: Tibi
LOW: The Fifth Label

The Wear-Anywhere Ear Jackets
Ear jackets are everywhere this year, and for sure you will wear these well beyond January-1st.

HIGH: Vita Fede

The Happy-Feet Heeled Sandals
Aussie parties call for outdoors. These chunky mid-heel sandals will carry you from a family barbecue to a romantic dinner.

HIGH: ATP Atelier


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25 thoughts on “13 Holiday Season Essentials for High and Low Budgets

    • Haha, when I first started to work on this list, I didn’t realise it was such a long list either. And it did take me quite a while to pull everything together. Thank you so much for reading it though, Jessica! 🙂


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