'Tis the season to be overwhelmed with a countless number of gift options. Netflix for Dad? Check. GPS system for Mom? All set. Harry & David for everyone else? No problem! But when the dust clears at the end of a long and fruitful shopping day, how many bags in the pile belong to you? Probably not many. Fear not—for those big-hearted gift givers who spent most of their budget on loved ones, you can still stock up on some serious style for yourself. I found a few luxe and lovely items, each looking straight off the runways but retailing for under $200, so you can deck yourself out completely guilt-free. Pick one, two, or the whole caboodle for a standout holiday ensemble.
From adorable website Modcloth.com, the Take Me to Dinner Dress by Aryn K., 89.99 can take you from holiday cocktails to New Years Eve fetes. The black, pleated overlay provides a sultry and Parisian look over the simple, cream slip dress. It's minimalist chic provides endless options for accessories, making it a great investment piece for the season.
A stellar evening bag has to double in fashion and function. And provide versatility to the ongoing parade of outfits its paired with. The LuLu Cutch by Zambos & Siega, $121 passes all those tests with flying colors with its oversize shape, decadent dove gray leather, and intricate chain link hardware. It embodies every trend of the moment and costs about a fraction of what it looks like it should be.
Who can resist the appeal of a luscious, statement-making shoe? As fiery as a bright red pout and just as memorable, the Adalene pumps by Pour la Victoire, $220 are the epitome of old world glamor. Channel your inner siren by pairing the suede pumps with a pencil skirt and flirty, come hither lashes.
Sometimes it's nice to just have something pretty, something you don't really need but makes you smile every time you see it. The Estee Lauder Youth-Dew "Opulent Cameo" Compact, $89 has just that effect. The gorgeous floral design against the amber background inspires feelings of fireplaces and snow. The vintage style of the compact looks like it belongs in your beloved grandmother's jewelry box. And the spicy scent evokes all the warm and fuzzy feelings of winter. All in all, a perfect 'just because' gift.
The one thing a fashionista always needs more of during the holidays is time. Time to shop, time to party, time to get dressed! But sadly, since we can't buy that for each other, we may as well provide the next best thing. This ridiculously stylish Resin Deco Watch by Badgley Mischka, $150 will help any calendar-heavy diva keep herself on the clock. The sleek design and bracelet-like band may even inspire some punctuality since, chances are, you won't be able to stop staring at it.
Happy holidays to my fabulous fellow shoppers!
-Alia Rajput, Second City Style Columnist, Runway to Real WaySee the Top Ten Summer 2016 Trends for Women Over 40
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