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Outfits Under $100: 5 Festive & Frugal Holiday Party Looks


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No matter which of the holidays you are celebrating this December, there are always a lot of reasons to dress up. From the ugly sweater parties to cocktail parties, cookie baking parties, and even work parties, we have you covered when it comes to putting on your swanky shoes.

If you (like, um, all of us) are on a serious budget, we found some holiday gems that won’t hurt your wallet! All the festive party looks below are frugal; each one costing less than $100 for the entire outfit, including shoes.

Cocktail Soiree – $92.55

Cocktail soiree outfit
Product Information: Dress – Forever 21, Shoes – Forever 21, Bag – H&M, Earrings – BooHoo

If you’re working the cocktail party circuit this season, you need a dress that stands out! This one from Forever 21 comes in at $32.95 but looks designer. (I’m just a click away from buying it myself!) Since the dress is so glittery, don’t go too outrageous with your accessories. Stick with a simple black or white shoe and bag, and add simple earrings for the finishing touch.

Cookie-Baking Party – $99.46

Cookie baking party outfit
Product Information: Sweater – Forever 21, Cami – Forever 21, Jeans – Dorothy Perkins, Boots – Forever 21

Baking and decorating cookies with friends can be the most fun holiday event of the season! If you’re hosting a cookie bake-off or headed to a pal’s kitchen, there’s no need to get super dressy, but you can still look cozy and in the spirit of the season. A great cardigan will keep you warm, but if the kitchen gets hot, it can always be removed, while dark green jeans are a nod to winter foliage.

Gift-Exchange Party with Friends – $83.74

Gift exchange party outfit
Product Information: Top – Dorothy Perkins, Pants – Forever 21, Shoes – Charlotte Russe, Necklace – H&M

If one of your friends is hosting a fun fete, you can still look swanky on a dime! The above outfit is completely on-trend, but also festive. A bib necklace with a ribbon-tie back and a peplum are cute touches to make this edgy look more seasonal.

Ugly Sweater Party – $98.70

Ugly sweater party outfit
Product Information: Sweater – Amazon, Skirt – H&M, Tights – Forever 21, Socks – Forever 21, Boots – Delia’s

Who doesn’t love a tacky sweater party? And when it comes to donning your tackiest, you might as well go big or go home! Pair your silly sweater with a cute skirt, boots, and tights for a warm and sweet look.

Work Party – $97.09

Work party outfit
Product Information: Dress – Modcloth, Shoes – Charlotte Russe, Tights – Forever 21, Headband – Forever 21

Everyone raves about their work holiday parties, and we can attest that they’re always a blast. Just remember that a work party is still work-sponsored, so it’s important to dress conservatively. Save your flashiest dress for your night out with the girls! That caveat aside, you can still look absolutely darling. We love this jewel-toned dress from Modcloth paired with contrasting heels and opaque tights.

What are you wearing to your holiday parties this year?

How do you keep your party outfits under $100?  What kinds of accessories do you wear to your holiday festivities?  What look above is your favorite?  Leave a comment below and let us know!

Posted on on December 12, 2012 / Filed Under: Shopping / Tags: , , , ,

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12 Responses to “Outfits Under $100: 5 Festive & Frugal Holiday Party Looks”

  1. 1
    December 12th, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    The work one is my favorite :) maybe you guys have already done something like this and I missed it, but it would be nice to see a post on unique gift exchange gifts. It’s so easy to just buy gift cards for things like the white elephant gift exchange. So, I would love to see some unique gifts we could buy under 20 bucks. :) Thanks!

  2. 2
    December 12th, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Love these outfits! I don’t care how “tacky” that kitty sweater is, I WANT! too cute!

  3. 3
    December 12th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    In LOVE with the first dress… Wish I has somewhere to wear it!!

  4. 4
    December 12th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I think you could do more with the second outfit. I wouldn’t want to wear a $44 pair of jeans into the kitchen, and boots would be uncomfortable if you constantly have to bend over to check the oven. I do like the first outfit, especially the bag because it can go with all the other outfits here.

  5. 5
    December 12th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I love these looks, for Christmas I am going to have dinner at my boyfriend’s grandparents house. I already have a couple of ideas in mind, but I would love to hear your take on it! Keep in mind I am on a budget haha

  6. 6
    December 12th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Love those brown forever 21 boots! Gorge!

  7. 7
    December 12th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    These are all too perfect!

  8. 8
    December 13th, 2012 at 1:38 am

    This year to my ugly sweater party, Im wearing a big ugly xmas sweater I found at the thrift store for $10, shinny leggings $20 at garage, heeled ankle boots, as dor accessories, Im rocking some gold studs from aldo for $10, and maybe a chunky neckless from forever 21!

  9. 9
    December 13th, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I love the first look…that dress is amazing
    Love the shoes in the last look…… first it looked like red lace but up close its actually glitter…(both would be nice)

  10. 10
    December 13th, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I know it is an “ugly” sweater but I still LOVE it for the holidays! I would wear it with a pair of dark fitted and flared blue jeans and a pair of black leather mary jane type flats.

  11. 11
    December 13th, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    The Forever 21 cocktail dress is no longer available!! Any ideas if they’re going to get it back or where else to find it?

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