Fab, Festive, and Frugal with Payless

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Wardrobe Oxygen featuring Payless shoes and clutch for the holidays Wardrobe Oxygen featuring Payless shoes and clutch for the holidays Wardrobe Oxygen featuring Payless shoes and clutch for the holidaysSweater: Halogen (XL) (plus option) | Skirt: Banana Republic via Poshmark (14) (similar, plus option) | Necklace: Ann Taylor (similar) | Belt: Express (similar concept) | Bag: Meg Clutch c/o Payless Shoe Source | Shoes: Mira Metallic Point Pump c/o Payless

As I shared in this post, I believe in having an “fancy fashion emergency kit” so you can take pieces already in your closet and make them ready for dressy events. There's no need to pay a lot of the accessories that will transform your wardrobe; Payless is one of my go-to locations for festive and formal shoes and accessories that are kind to the wallet.

Wardrobe Oxygen featuring Payless shoes and clutch for the holidaysFor this look, I took the black cashmere sweater I wore in this post and paired it with a recent score from Poshmark – a new with tags black satin skirt from Banana Republic that was just $35. This belt I bought in 1998, and this necklace is older than Emerson. However, the look just wasn't festive with basic black pumps and a leather bag. I went to my nearby Payless where I had a pretty hard time choosing which shoes would complete the look! The Madem Ghille Pump was Emerson's favorite, and it did have a rock and roll vibe that I usually love. It would totally rock a simple not-so LBD, but felt it was too fussy for this outfit. The Lace Haylee Bow Slingback was another contender, but I had no idea what bag to put with the look. The Mira pump was a winner as it was super comfortable and I could see myself wearing again with everything from boyfriend jeans and a band tee to my black jumpsuit and a jet bead necklace. And when I saw there was a matching clutch for less than $10 (at time of purchase), I knew I found a winner. Add a holiday red lip and I'm ready to go!

This outfit is perfect for a formal holiday dinner at a relative's or a New Year's party at your friend's house. Festive, dressy, but comfortable, warm, and sophisticated. And thanks to Payless I spent less than $70 on this look and have individual pieces I can mix and match for other events this holiday season and beyond.

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8 Comments

  1. crtfly
    December 4, 2015 / 12:12 am

    Allie,

    There you are again with one of your wonderful black outfits. Nobody, and I mean nobody, does black as well as you do. Stunning!

    Chris

  2. Karen A
    December 3, 2015 / 3:07 pm

    Hi Allie:
    I love this look. Simple, elegant, chic. I find satin difficult to straighten (afraid too that I’ll scorch it) – any suggestions.

    • December 3, 2015 / 3:17 pm

      I steamed this with a garment steamer, but after being in the car and sitting and such it got wrinkled creased again. But with fabrics like this I recommend a steamer for the best effect!

  3. Pam S.
    December 3, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    I love that outfit! I have an Ann Taylor sapphire blue wrap dress on the way (in the mail) and I was thinking it would be fun to wear it my company’s holiday party with some sparkly silver shoes and a sparkly necklace. Payless has always been my go-to place for special occasion shoes. I have a question about winter legs. Sheer stockings or bare legs? That is the question. Portland Oregon isn’t typically arctic cold so should I go bare? Do you wear a little foot liner in pumps? Thanks for all the great posts!

    • December 3, 2015 / 12:34 pm

      Thanks to Kate Middleton hose is acceptable again! I usually go bare but hose is fine especially if it’s cold. I don’t usually do foot liners, they always slip on me, what I usually do is put in Footpetals (http://amzn.to/1QWBbB0 ) and then I switch them out each season.

      • Pam S.
        December 4, 2015 / 1:17 pm

        Thanks Allie!

  4. December 3, 2015 / 11:51 am

    Cute! How comfy were they though? I’ve had good luck with their dexflex line but some others just made my feet hurt after less than ten minutes. :/

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