2010 wants a Cute Sweater Party during this holiday season.
Many people thought I was crazy to wear a short sweater dress outdoors, but I was perfectly fine in my (unexpectedly) ultra warm Liz Claiborne sweater, courtesy of Value Village. The original price tag, still in tact and hanging from the white cuffed sleeve--$82. The Value Village price tag--$7. I was seeing stars. Literally. I apologize for the poor color, but I'm new to the whole taking pictures with massive amounts of eye-blinding snow concept. On first sight of my blue sweater with yellow stars and yellow and white pleated lining, my sister said it was perfect for an Ugly Sweater Party. Little did she know I was taking this giant sweater home and wearing it as a dress. Tip: turning sweaters into sweater dresses takes them a sexier and cuter step higher and makes them worth the thrifted buy. Wearing short dresses with knee-high boots lengthen the body and allow for some skin exposure (if you're ready for it, that is).
I also scored this giant floral bag at the thrift store for $5. It's gigantic. Even in it's enormous size, it doesn't overtake the outfit. In fact, it does well to complement all sorts of looks and styles, giving each a little vintage feel. There's a brief case strap and a long shoulder strap that makes this buy versatile and worth more than what I paid. Tip: whenever making a trip to the thrift store, always stop at the shoes and the bags. There's something new and worth buying every single time. Finally, I placed a Forever 21 beret on my head to warm up my holiday sweater look. Try something new this season--instead of going to the thrift store, as is most common, to buy an ugly sweater, find a cute one. You will have a fresh new holiday party and also get your money's worth on something you will wear again and again--and in public! More holiday season ideas, here.