As soon as the turkey settles and the Black Friday shopping is done, the holiday parties and festivities commence! Our minds immediately are concerned with getting the shopping all done and attending a never ending stream of different holiday events- from get-togethers with friends and family to work celebrations with our colleagues – each of which requiring, of course, that we look our very best!!
What to wear??? We hear those words in conversations with our friends and, believe it or not, in our own heads!
We decided to visit a local store and showcase some affordable and fashionable holiday looks which are both holiday ready and on trend. So off to Cato, we went!!!!
Michelle’s first dressy holiday outfit is a silver and gold metallic cold shoulder shift dress. This dress offers a lot of comfort for all sizes. It’s three-quarter length sleeve is great for both indoor and outdoor holiday fun. It can be yours from Cato for $29.99. She also found this cute tied black choker to go with the dress that’s on sale for $7.99. They heels that Wrap the ankle can be worn with so many different things this season. The ones Michelle found were $24.99. You can shop her entire look for under $70. What a great way to enter a Christmas or New Year’s eve party!
There is nothing more festive and classic than a black midi wrap dress ($34.99). Susie chose one with a v neck, ¾ sleeves and a straight skirt! This dress is totally appropriate for many different types of celebrations, but the office party is one where we think it would definitely be a perfect pick!! It is anything but a basic LBD and you are sure to get compliments on it! When paired with silver and black teardrop and rhinestone earrings ($1.99) and a bold silver and black medallion necklace ($5.99) , this dress is bound to make an impression without being over the top. Her shoes “du nuit” are these awesome Black Suede Mary Jane heels (24.99)! By the way, Susie said yes to the shoes!! They did, indeed, come home with her!!
Crushed velvet this season is crushing all of our hearts! Michelle found this bell sleeve teal crushed velvet dress at Cato for only $34.99. It is a show stopper with this long pendant necklace ($11.99) that pulls all of the blues out of the teal along with it’s natural green tendancy. Her earrings ($5.99) add a little rhinestone pop with the same blue/green stones, this dress can be dressed up or down very easily. Cato is loaded in the boot department this year. One of Michelle’s favorites was this over the knee suede with a lace up back that are $39.99.
If you are looking for a cute handbag for your Holiday party, or even everyday wear, Cato had some cute ones! This clutch Michelle is holding is a Jade and Deer charging wallet for $19.99. In black, you can use it for almost anything! And did you hear us say, charging? Yes, ladies it has the capability to charge your phones!
Sometimes an event calls for a little glitz, but we still want to be comfortable!! That makes this look a perfect choice. A sweater and skirt combination with a little glam and a lot of comfort!! The skirt ($24.99) has a – dare we say it- elastic waistline!! The black with gold metallic shapes is a perfect silhouette and goes so well with the sleeveless black turtleneck ($17.99). Talk about a great addition to your wardrobe!!! This turtleneck is certainly one! The gold chain drop earrings ($3.99) are a great accessory with the gold circle necklace ($9.99)! Leave it to Susie to pair her look with a matching cup ($7.99)!!! It’s all about the details, y’all!!
Red and black are perfect combos for the Holiday season, that’s why Michelle chose to pair these red mary jane heels ($24.99) with the ribbed metallic and black sweater dress ($34.99). This dress hugs and falls in just the right places! It’s a 3/4 sleeve which is a great transition from inside to outside in cooler weather. Her earrings match the long necklace, as they are a set that you can have for $9.99
Pulling another skirt ($24.99) look this time with an asymmetrical black top ($13.99)! Susie loved this striped black, gold, white and silver material!! It had a ruffle around the hemline and a fabulous texture to the material!! Susie wore it with the asymmetrical top but also loved the matching jacket ($34.99)!!! So much versatility here!! She also chose a gold evening clutch ($19.99) to amp up the glam factor!! I mean if you don’t use these fancy bags during the holidays when will you ever use it? Her jewelry is a combination of black, gold, and silver chains to accent the colors of the skirt!!!!! The necklace is $9.99 and the earrings are $5.99.
On a more casual note, Michelle picked up these black velvet designed skinny pants($24.99) with a gorgeous red pocketed top ($17.99) that are once again colors that scream let’s celebrate the season! They both can be worn with other things so easily and both are extremely comfortable! In need of a Beret? Cato is the stop to find really fun ones! Michelle had fun in this black one that is $9.99, you can’t beat that or the price of these cute black earrings for only $3.99.
Susie’s casual look for the holidays has a little surprise to it!! She went totally out the box and chose to style a pair of beige crushed velvet PAJAMA pants ($11.99) with a feminine sweater trimmed with rhinestones ($27.99) to create this- oh so soft – look for an evening with friends or an evening at a show!! No necklace was needed, but she did pair it with some fun silver tiered earrings ($5.99). A fun pair of silver gray loafers ($10.99) are like a party for your feet!! A pale pink beret ($9.99) was the crowning accent!! This is a perfect preppy meets glam look!
There’s no doubt that shopping during the holiday season can be stressful when it comes to how you spend your money. With all the money we spend on buying gifts and everything else, it doesn’t leave much in the budget for us to treat ourselves to something new. We both believe that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice on dressing up at your holiday party. We want you to feel your best at your next soirée.
We hope that you have found some inspiration in the looks that we showcased from Cato!! Affordable and totally versatile enough to be blended in your wardrobe after the holidays!!! Now you can give something special not just to your friends and family, but to yourself too. Remember to leave a little sparkle where ever you go during the holidays!!!