Tis the season for holiday celebrations.
Although times are tight, many companies are forging ahead with their annual Christmas party plans, and even if you don’t have a work-related function to attend, there’s no end of social events taking place this season.
Between Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve, you’ll probably need to get all dressed up for something. If you’re a true bella on a budget, like me — you’ll be getting your glitziest dress out of the back of the closet, accessorizing and putting on fabulous makeup to the nines, and making what’s old look new again.
But if what’s old can’t look new again, you just might be in the market for a new holiday dress. Full figured bellas, I got your back — there are some surprisingly great deals this year on chic party dresses!
Come with me to Ashley Stewart. Like the Sam Sparro song that I love, their latest lineup is all about black and gold, black and gold, black and gold. Starting with the Little Gold Dress that you see up above. It stars on their apparel page, but why is it not available online anymore? I don’t know. Check your local Ashley Stewart to see if it’s still available in stores — that dress is super cute and was definitely less than $60 in the fleeting window in which it was featured on their website.
Online shoppers need not despair — black and gold garments abound on AshleyStewart.com. The black halter dress is fire, and I think the silver crochet trapeze dress is super fly at $59. Bellas who prefer two-piece glamor should peep the golden shimmer skirt — it’s $34, and tres chic.
Most often when I visit a Lane Bryant, I just want to find their garment designers and shake them until their teeth rattle. Some of their tops look like they could have come from the Dorothy Zbornak couture collection. I am so sick of garish prints, appliques, and tent-like tops!
But I was VERY pleasantly surprised by their selection of holiday dresses, which steered away from the frumpy and shapeless to the swingy and youthful. Lo, this adorable tiered ruffly black dress — $69.50, and cute enough to wear again and again.
The entrance-making earth mother in me is keenly attracted to this
dramatic printed halter maxi dress, but it’s $89.50, and to be honest, I’ve become so picky about buying clothes it’s not even funny. I prefer to go shopping alone, because I can try every last thing on and really ask myself if I need it in my life. This dress looks striking to me now, but it just might be the kind of thing I look back on in a year and wonder what kind of crack I was smoking when I bought it in the first place.
My B & Lu shopping experience made me a believer — trendy plus size clothes for an affordable price? GET OUT! And now dresses and skirts are 30% off till December 14! Sweet! I love, love, LOVE the midnight calisto dress — that vibrant yet sexy kimono dress will get you noticed anywhere. In a good way! And it’s a mere $64.
The off the shoulder Indra sweater dress is adorable for a winter fiesta — it’s the kind of color and shape that’s just begging for beautiful accessories. $52, and it’s the kind of dress you can bust out of the closet for many an occasion.
Meanwhile, the dress I bought at Kiyonna for my sister in law’s wedding is now on 30% off sale. Best believe I’m wearing that to my holiday party, I spent too much on it to just wear it once. I’m keeping my eye on sites like Kiyonna and Monif C for sales – in times like these, not very many can justify spending over $150 on an occasion dress, so I’d bet that the prices will start getting lower and the sales will become more frequent. And then I can swoop in when the prices drop to my level of affordability.
My amiga Natalie, the one and only Frugalista, shared a list of chic and cheap holiday dresses of her own. And Stylin’ and Profilin’ also featured full figured fashion — those Target numbers are cute!
What will you be wearing to the holiday parties, bellas? Are you going to any this year?