In some cruel plot twist that would fit right in with a melodramatic made-for-TV holiday movie, your December calendar is filled with holiday events but all your cash for fabulous party outfits has already been spent on presents for the same friends and loved ones sending the invites. ‘Tis the season for irony, apparently.
But don’t fret. You can find the perfect party ensemble for any occasion without breaking the bank at Thrift Trader. Not sure where to start? Check out our sampling of ideas for any holiday event.
Ugly sweater party
Crafty grandmas and aunties somehow managed to popularize these knitted eyesores, but there’s a strange kind of hilarious beauty to be found in loud patterns, sequined embellishments, and cat-themed tableaus. At Thrift Trader, we rolled out our ugly sweater rack on Dec. 1 and there are plenty of gems still available to ensure you’re the belle of the ugly sweater ball.
Office holiday party
For the one time each year when drinking and fraternizing at the office is actually encouraged, it’s best to go with a casually chic outfit that will impress your boss and maybe even catch the eye of that hot new coworker. Try skinny jeans paired with a sparkly sweater, topped with chandelier earrings and heels for a hint of dressy glamour.
Maybe it’s the convenience of already having family and friends in town, or the perfect pairing with snowflake-themed decorations, but winter weddings are becoming almost as popular as summer nuptials. To keep warm while looking fab, look for a velvet dress in a dark jewel tone to wear with a faux fur shrug, and complete the look with an embellished headpiece and metallic heels to match.
Spending hours with family members and all the potluck dishes, desserts, and other treats they bring to share means you’ll need to be as comfortable as you are cute. Pair thick leggings with a super-soft tunic sweater that’s perfect for hugs, plus comfy ballet flats and a statement necklace that can steer conversation away from less savory topics like who voted for whom in the recent election.
Mini class reunion
Until you reach your first official class reunion, holidays spent in your hometown usually turn out to be mini class reunions for you and your extended pre-college friend group. If you want to look effortlessly impressive—especially for that crush you never had the guts to go for in school—try skinny jeans, a sequined top, and a velvety or satiny blazer. Complete the look with knee-high boots and bold costume jewelry rings on a finger or two (but keep your left ring finger free unless you want to invite wave upon wave of unnecessary squeals).
New Year’s Eve party
For the last party of the holiday season, your best bet is to go big and bold with the sparkliest dress you can find, drenched in sequins, beading, or metallic fabric. Add fun patterned tights for warmth and whimsy, comfy heels for dancing all night long, and head-to-finger costume jewelry for maximum bling. But of course, the most important accessory for New Year’s is long-lasting lipstick that’ll be ready for that midnight kiss.
Party in budget-friendly style at Thrift Trader
Whether you’re looking for the ugliest sweater imaginable or that perfect little black dress, Thrift Trader has you covered this holiday party season. And since it’s the season of giving, it’s a perfect time to clear your closet of past holiday outfits and trade them in so someone else can find the festive frock of their dreams. Buying hours at our North Park and Pacific Beach locations are 10am-6pm daily.