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Splurge or Save: How To Style Your Ultimate Holiday Outfit

Style expert Vanessa Taylor shows us how both couture investments and bargain finds can create equally stunning looks for the festive season. Can you spot which of these items were a splurge or a save?

 

 

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The Work Party
This look is based on classic office attire: The fine knit and basic pencil skirt. But with this sequin embellishment, the look is transformed into a festive-ready outfit.

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SAVE: H&M sequin skirt, $59.95
If you're new to sparkle or embellishment, tip-toe into the trend with a budget-friendly piece.

SPLURGE: Alexander Wang at Holt Renfrew knit, $655
Knits are worth investing in since they can be worn year round, especially to the office. This is a beautiful wool/silk blend with finer details, like this variation of the turtleneck/ Alexander Wang is a darling in the fashion world. He specializes in luxe sportswear-so mixing wearable pieces that have a cool downtown-edge.

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The Festive Brunch
This look is polished but still has that subtle casual feel, which is ideal for holiday family get togethers.

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SPLURGE: Vince wool trousers from Harry Rosen, $320
These offer the best of both worlds: The comfort of a jogging pant but styled in a classic trouser. Totally acceptable for dressier occasions but can also be worn these to work. These trousers are something you can live in while also looking sharp & polished.
The reason you're paying a higher price point is for the lovely fabric & finishing, but also getting the latest trends. Also, for these type of hybrid pieces, good quality fabric and a great drape are essential for pulling off the look

SPLURGE: Alejandro Ingelmo sneakers, $595 Harry Rosen
These are dubbed the "black tie sneaker." This is THE in-demand celeb sneaker worn by Justin Timberlake. The luxe sneaker is a look we're definitely seeing rocked by plenty of celebs for both casual wear, but also on the red carpet with dressier looks.

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The No-Kids Night Out
This is your outfit when you've booked a babysitter and you're going out for cocktails with your girlfriends. We've seen the jumpsuit continue in popularity, and for the holiday it's a great alternative to a dress that makes a statement, especially if you don't want to fuss with hosiery.

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SAVE: Jumpsuit from H&M, $49.95
This jumpsuit is relatively simple silhouette, but it's the bold shade that makes it standout. It also has a great drape, meaning it's not too clingy, which is key with fitting a jumpsuit.

SAVE: Necklace from H&M, $14.95

Accessories, especially statement pieces like this, need to be in costume, so why not save on these items? If you want that great scale, like on these pearls, faux is the way to go. There's also less commitment on a save item like this, so you can try it out without needing to wear it for the next seven seasons.

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SPLURGE: Aiden Mattox dress from Holt Renfrew, $465
For the price point on this dress, it's all about the amazing finishings. The lace, first and foremost, is stunning and the sequins are just sprinkled on for a delicate look that isn't too flashy.

SAVE: Box Clutch, Target, $24.99
It's easy to mistake this clutch for the others out there that are very similar, but are priced at a several hundred dollars. This one from Target stands out because it still boasts loads of great design details: The substantial clasp, folded detail fabric and crinkle metallic finish are what give it that fab look.
 

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Rock this look for a suave party. If you’re not going to invest in this style and you're just purchasing it for a few key occasions, off-the-rack totally works. Tip: With velvet it is all about the texture, so make sure you’ve got a lush fabric that is soft to the touch and not "crunchy."

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SAVE: Suit from Winners, $199.99
SAVE: Etro shirt from Winners, $29.99

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The Black Tie Event
This is your flat-out gala-worthy look: The floor-length silhouette is spectacular and total drama.

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SPLURGE:Floor length gown fromTed Baker , $950
With gowns, especially floor-length, the fabric is paramount-because you see so much of it. You also want to check the weight of the fabric. Since there is no embellishment on the skirt, you want a good quality fabric to skim the figure. It can be worn for loads of different occasions, so you'll get lots of wear out of it.

SPLURGE:Valentino Rockstud Shoes from Holt Renfrew, $1875
There is a ridiculous cult following for these Valentino stud stilettos, and each season they release new limited editions. This jewel-encrusted version is a show stopper for the holidays. The workmanship in these stilettos is stunning, and if you're in need of wardrobe ideas (so you get your cost-per-wear down) we've seen them paired with everything from boyfriend jeans to red carpet gowns.

:::Holiday outfit | Floor-length gown from Ted Baker | Valentino 'Rockstud' pumps:::
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