Shopping Early for Holiday Parties

The holidays are fast approaching.  Unbelievable, right?

A reader asked me recently if I planned to do any special posts on getting ready for holiday parties.  The answer is definitely, “for sure!”

My wardrobe primarily consists of work-appropriate clothing.  Since I live a less-than-glamorous life, I actually don’t own a lot of dressy clothing.  The holiday season, though, is often filled with lots of parties to attend, from office parties to the parties for the organizations we support, which places a different kind of demand on my wardrobe.

In the distant past, you could find me shopping at the last minute (a few days before an event) for something to wear to a party.  Sometimes, I’ve been lucky, but on many occasions, I’ve ended up spending more on dresses I didn’t necessarily love.  That approach had to change.

I have a general idea of the events I have to attend during the holiday season, so I casually search for fabulous dresses on a dime all year long.  Check out this sophisticated LBD that I purchased last winter at the Loft for a meager $8.50.  This dress will make its debut this fall.

If you are currently searching for holiday party attire, I’ve been spotting some amazing dresses in the discount stores I frequent.  And, get this.  These dresses all have retail values of around $400, but are available with markdown prices of less than $50!

Nordstrom Rack:

BCBG dress.  $44.97

BCBG dress.  $44.97

BCBG dress.  $44.97

BCBG dress.  $44.97

TJ Maxx:

Calvin Klein Taffeta dress with sequin trim at top.
I’ve spotted this dress in a couple local stores.
Clearance $29!

Already shopping for your holiday wear?  What have you been finding?


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  1. October 6, 2011 / 6:19 pm

    That purple dress is fantastic.

  2. October 6, 2011 / 7:09 pm

    My favorite is option number 1. The silhouette is playful and festive. 🙂

  3. October 7, 2011 / 12:17 am

    The black strapless CK dress is gorgeous on you! It's my favorite for sure. I can hardly even THINK about the holidays right now but I know I better get with it…they're right around the corner!

  4. October 7, 2011 / 12:18 am

    the second dress looks amazing on you! the color is perfect.

  5. October 7, 2011 / 12:56 am

    AMAZING deals sweetie!! Thanks for sharing