I know all to well that it can be a bit tricky deciding what to wear over the festive period, particularly if you don’t want to waste money on lots of new items – especially as you’ll probably only wear them once!

So here are some ‘investment pieces’ ideas that you can mix in with items you may already have in your wardrobe to give you greater versatility all year round and most importantly a low cost per wear.


Pleated skirts for Festive Dressing on a Budget

Pleated skirts have been a key trend this season with lots of choice available in the shops, from velvet to sparkly, in shimmery fabrics and in a a range of colours too. All of these can be dressed up with a blouse in lace or satin to create a smart evening / party look. The examples below are all from M&S.

Swap the blouse for some chunky knitwear and wear them with boots and a leather jacket for a contemporary daytime look for a pub lunch or dinner in the evening, as seen in the example below.

m and s pleated skirts


Jumpsuits for Festive Dressing on a Budget

A jumpsuit is a great alternative to a dress. If you choose one in a simple block colour it is easy to dress it up for a night out by adding a sparkly belt, some jewellery and heels. These examples are from John Lewis.

Choose carefully and you can wear it again with a leather belt and a jacket for a wedding or another smart event. Pop some knitwear over the top, some chunky boots and your jumpsuit will look like trousers!

jumpsuits john lewis


Separates for Festive Dressing on a Budget

If you have a sparkly or shimmery top from a previous season, why not try wearing it with some wide leg trousers and ankle boots to create a new silhouette? You may already have the wide leg trousers from last season but if you don’t they’ll make a great investment because you can wear them all year round! All items below from M&S.

separates m and s


And finally, Christmas Jumpers for Festive Dressing on a Budget

If the dress code says “Christmas jumper,” the less “Christmassy” you make your choice, the more likely you will be able to wear it again. Exchange snowman and elf themes to one of sparkles and stars and you’ll be able to wear your jumper throughout the winter (you can always add some reindeer antlers or a Santa hat to up the Christmas theme!). Jumpers above from Boden and Next.

christmas jumpers boden next

So hopefully I have given you some inspiration on how to look fabulous at Christmas without blowing the budget!