Holiday parties are here and with all the running around and protecting yourself against Black Friday shoppers (can you believe some of the stories!), most people don’t think about what to wear until the last minute. Instead of purchasing items you will never wear again try “kicking it up a notch” using your regular wardrobe as a base to make it festive, affordable and wearable.

This inspiration came from PeopleStyleWatch December 2009 (see how some trends never go out of style). For a party with your friends, grab your favorite dark wash jeans and add a velvet blazer. Yes, black is classic, but a neutral grey is a bit of a surprise and just as versatile. Add a pop of color with your blouse and you are good to go. Ready to go a step further? Add a touch of bling with these ballet flats or a shiny broach (from your grandma’s jewelry box or consignment store for added savings).

Take slightly a different approach by flip-flopping the outfit: velvet jeans, your favorite crisp white blouse, a bright colorful necklace and some great boots. This dark patterned bag will go with either outfit!

May you always look great!

Pat Roland, Certified Total Image Consultant