Baby, It’s Cold Outside…. But You Can Still Look Hott!

Julia Madison

Find Your Signature Holiday Look, for Under $50

The holiday season is upon us, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve been dying to snuggle up in a cozy new sweater and sip on a pumpkin spice latte (shout-out to my inner basic chick).

And even if sweaters and pumpkin spice aren’t your thing, you’re likely going to be participating in some holiday festivities this year, that just might require a little effort in the wardrobe department. While you may be the person who can’t wait to don your candy-cane themed sweater at first chance, most holiday partygoers simply want to participate in the fun, while still being true to their style (and their budget).

No matter where you fall on the holiday cheer spectrum, you deserve to look and feel your best this season. And if you’re not sure what you’re going for, I’ve compiled a list of 10 looks, inspired by specific styles, all for under $50 and with a rating of 4 stars and up!

Now excuse me while I go make some peppermint bark and listen to Mariah Carey’s Christmas album on repeat. Happy shopping!

Disclaimer: All featured items are under $50, in stock, and rated four stars or higher at the time of this publication. We may be compensated for purchases made using the links in this publication.

Vintage

Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn in this vintage-inspired party dress! If Breakfast at Tiffany’s was remade as a Christmas movie starring Zoey Deschanel as Holly Golightly, she would be wearing this dress in the opening scene. Okay, I know that movie will probably never get made, but it’s a good thing this dress was! There are a few adorable holiday prints if that’s your thing. Or, if you’re looking for a more laid-back version you can wear all year long, select from over 17 additional choices.

Disco Glam

Nothing says holiday fashion like sequins and bright colors! All eyes will be on you in this fierce and fantastic romper, that’s perfect for a night out on the town or a festive New Year’s Eve party. With so much sparkle, you won’t even need jewelry unless you want to be extra glamorous (100% respectable). It’s available in 8 colors so don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to the traditional holiday colors. Have some fun with it and shine on!

Comfy Chic

This has just made it to the top of my favorite jumpsuits list (and trust me, it’s a lengthy list). It’s effortlessly chic, while still being comfortable and laid-back! It’s also one of the most versatile options from this list! It can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion and can be worn throughout the year! And, it’s available in six colors so you can pick whichever one suits your fancy.

Classic

This is perhaps the most elegant sweater dress ever made and seriously looks like it’s in the “I can’t afford that” category. If you prefer a more classic or reserved look, while still looking polished, this is the perfect option for you. The flowy, pleated skirt and wrapped belt are so feminine. Plus, you can never go wrong with adding a little cashmere to your wardrobe without spending half your paycheck. Talk about luxury!

Bohemian

Calling all flower children! This velvet treasure may look like Amazon stole it out of an Anthropologie window display, but I promise you, it’s legit (and way more affordable). And no matter what color you purchase it in, you’re guaranteed to be able to wear it time and time again. Pair it with a cute updo and some heels to style it up for a date night, or with boots and your favorite fedora and you’re all set for Coachella!

Sophisticated

Get ready to look drop dead gorgeous in this sleek and sophisticated velvet beauty! Even though Kate Middleton probably doesn’t shop on Amazon, if she did, she would have this in every color. So, if you’re going for the regal look this holiday season, be sure to add this to your cart! Plus, a wrap dress is universally flattering on all shapes and sizes so if you don’t have one in your closet yet, now is the perfect time to add one. You deserve it!

Cute and Casual

The holidays are a joyous time. But with the hustle and bustle of gift shopping, holiday traffic, travel, and day-to-day tasks, taking the time to get head-to-toe ready each morning becomes increasingly difficult. In fact, we’re lucky if we have a day where we don’t do our makeup in the car am I right? (Okay, maybe that’s just me). Give yourself the gift of time with this absolutely adorable knitted sweater dress that’s perfect for your office holiday party, or wine night with the gals! Just throw it on (no ironing or prep needed) and you’re ready for the day! With the time you’ve saved on outfit prepping, you may just be able to do your makeup at home instead of the car (okay, I get it. It’s just me).

Sexy

You’re bringing sexy back in this stunning full-length, velvet gown. There’s something about velvet that makes me feel like royalty. The deep plunging v neck, super sultry slit, and asymmetrical spaghetti straps in the back are to die for! And although you’re spending less than $50 on this gorgeous ensemble, you will still look like and feel like a million bucks.

Formal

If you’re headed to a formal holiday event this season (oh, you fancy huh?), don’t waste precious time trying to find an overpriced gown that, let’s face it, you will only wear once or twice before it sits in your closet for ten years because it was “too expensive” to give away. First of all, you won’t ever want to get rid of this dress and secondly, it’s so affordable that you may just be able to buy two or three or (dare I say) one in each color.

Sporty

If your go-to look is more sporty than fancy, and you prefer movement over spanx any day, I’ve got you covered. With this sparkly and sleek jumpsuit, you’ll look ready for a night out —whether that be sipping on champagne on New Year’s Eve or making the 3-point shot on the basketball court. Either way, you’ll be jumpsuiting for joy in this sassy showstopper.

Now go put on your new attire and get toasty by the fire! Cheers!