I wear dresses almost daily, but when it comes to getting dressed up for holiday events, even I jump at the chance to take it up a notch. In fact, I start mentally planning my outfit the moment an invitation arrives in my mailbox! By the time the party arrives, slipping into my outfit of choice and adding just the right accessories becomes one of my favorite parts of the evening. Along with the chance to take a few of my fancier dresses for a spin, I think what makes holiday dressing unique is that this is my favorite time of year for festive accessories. I certainly don’t shy away from beautiful ones throughout the year, but on a day-to-day basis, I keep things very simple–my delicate everyday jewelry, one of my go-to totes or small handbags, and perhaps a scarf and a pair of sunglasses. Come December though, everything from the store windows, to the light-draped trees, to the snow outside (if I’m somewhere that boasts white Christmases) sparkles, so I find myself looking for ways to sparkle a little extra too.
My holiday party style runs the gamut, from whimsical and charming (like this), to sophisticated and chic (like this), to elegant and ladylike (like this). One thing all of my holiday looks have in common, though, is a standout accessory, whether that means a statement pair of shoes, a faux fur stole, a classic bag, or a special piece of jewelry. Investing in heirloom-quality accessories has its perks (I love imagining the thrill of a future granddaughter when I gift her my favorite pieces someday!), but since you may wear these items less frequently, it can also be a good category to seek out budget-friendly items for. I was inspired to share a few of my favorite accessories to wear with dresses from the November Gal Meets Glam Collection for today’s Gal on a Budget post, in the hopes that you’ll be able to pick up a few pretty new things in time for your holiday soirées!
Earrings are the accessory I’m most likely to switch up on a regular basis, and I’m not afraid to go big! This heart-shaped pair has a feminine vibe, but the black color keeps them from looking too sugary sweet.
The epitome of “classic with a twist,” these chic black pumps have a timeless shape and endless versatility. Tone-on-tone tassels are subtle enough for the office party, but fun enough to wear to your best friend’s annual holiday cocktail hour!
A classic silhouette, tortoise buttons, cozy wool, and the loveliest shade of warm blush? This coat is simply a can’t-miss. Add it to your outerwear collection and enjoy wearing it all winter long, especially over dresses.
As much as I love classic pearl studs, there’s something so captivating about this pair–I think it’s because they look like a pearl nestled inside a shimmering oyster shell. They would look just as beautiful paired with a casual outfit as they would with this dress.
Blush pumps provide a little more interest than classic nude, while still maintaining an understated vibe. Cream and blush is one of my favorite color combinations to wear in winter, but I wouldn’t hesitate to pair these with dresses and coats in bolder shades as well.
I’ve collected quite a few pre-tied bow hair ties for casual and dressy occasions alike. They make achieving a gorgeous, party-ready style as easy as throwing curled hair into a ponytail or half-updo.
These low heels ensure you’ll be able to spend the entire evening on your feet. I can’t decide what I love about them most–the 1920s-inspired silhouette or the unique, pearl-embellished heels.
The elegant simplicity of the Mary dress lends itself beautifully to statement accessories. These rose gold and blush beaded floral earrings will sparkle every time they catch the light.
Oversized pearls give so much character to these block-heeled sandals. Their shimmery satin finish makes them holiday-ready, but you’ll also be able to style them with any of your Gal Meets Glam Collection dresses well into the spring.