Saturday night, Bill and I attended a holiday party at a local winery.
It’s been pouring rain on and off around here – mostly on – since Thursday. While I wanted to wear a dress or skirt, the pouring rain and chilly wind made that sound like a bad idea.
Jeans seemed like a much better choice. Thankfully, Sonoma County is a mostly casual and laid back place to live. I knew I wouldn’t look out of place in denim.
To dress my jeans up, I wore this black sequin top I found at Goodwill last month for just $9.00. It is in perfect condition…not a sequin out of place or missing.
I wore it with some cheapo Old Navy straight jeans that I bought ages ago for $20.00, and I used the belt from this dress to fashion a bow belt on my jeans.
I wore super-comfortable pointy-toed Calvin Klein pumps, that were a steal at just $69.00 and borrowed my stepdaughter’s metal mesh evening bag that she bought a few years back at Payless Shoes for $6.00.
For jewelry, I kept it very simple. I wore my Cookie Lee snowflake pendant that I drag out every holiday season…
and my new bracelet from April’s collection (wholesale pricing made it just $32.00).
Excluding the snowflake pendant – because I can’t remember what I paid for it, it’s so old – and my raincoat, my entire outfit was only $136.00!
While seated at our table last night, a woman in her 20’s asked me where I’d gotten my sequin top. She said she’d been admiring it all night. When I told her it was from Goodwill, she laughed and said her gorgeous beaded gold and ivory tank was a flea market find….a gal after my own thrifty heart!
I have proven to myself, and hopefully to you, that there is no need to spend the big buckaroos to put together a festive and stylish outfit to wear to holiday parties, especially when dressy-casual is an option.
And don’t forget…How I Wear My: Plaid will be up this Tuesday. Please submit a photo of you wearing plaid to me or to Jill by Monday afternoon at the latest if you would like to be featured. We would love to have you!