One New Top – 10 Holiday Outfits

Ready for a holiday wardrobe refresh, but don’t want to spend a lot on fancy new duds that you know you won’t wear all that often? See how this single sleeveless turtleneck in a blackened silver metallic — $8 at my favorite resale shop — let me create 10 new outfits, plenty for all my holiday activities.

So here’s the top – nothing special on its own except the sparkly texture:

My initial plan was to pair it with my black/white tweed pants and red leather jacket for a holiday happy hour gathering in the neighborhood.  I had a scarf – no surprise – in just the right colors and the silvery faux-leather flower pin (it’s attached to the scarf to avoid making a hole in the leather). The little silvery clutch and a gray suede pump further defined the look as festive. Pairing it with off-black boot-cut jeans (Measure & Made) can take it in a more casual direction.  Or substituting a black or charcoal gray skirt (Pamela’s Patterns) would give me additional options.

Those combos motivated me to dig further and come up with all these additional mixes: 

The berry faux-suede jacket is a ready-made oldie but goodie, paired with Vogue 7937 in our ponte. The overhead lighting is making the jackets look lighter than the bottoms, but they blend beautifully in real life.  I immediately thought of my berry faux-leather pants as a second option, and now I realize I can trade in my gray M&M pants or charcoal ponte pencil skirt for two additional looks.  That’s 7.

The teal raw silk jacket (Vogue 9351) pairs up with a wool crepe skirt (Vogue 7937 again).  I added a sparkly pin to the shoulder, echoing the sparkle of the knit shell. I could trade the skirt for my gray pant for yet another option – now we’re up to 9!

The third look is another me-made jacket – StyleA Stacie Jacket – made in a mix of black/silver brocades and modified to eliminate the horizontal bottom band finish (you can find details of that switch HERE if you’re interested).  Shown with the charcoal skirt, but also works with the M&M off-black jeans for more casual activities.  11 and counting …

The moto jacket is from the Clara Sun Woo Liquid Leather collection. It’s great with that same pencil skirt, gray M&M pants or gray jeans.  I think that’s 14 options total – and I need to beef up my social calendar to find occasions to wear them all.

What one piece could work that sort of holiday wardrobe magic for you?



About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.

1 Comment

  1. Marsha Thole on November 22, 2023 at 7:07 pm

    Your article is so on point, as it explains why people have far too many clothes in their closet, claiming they have nothing to wear. Whether I sew it or buy it (online shopping is not my thing, but thrift and consignment stores are), my rule is it has to go with at least 4-5 other items in my closet. If it doesn’t pass the basic tests–right color, right style for my figure, and fashionable for my age–then I don’t make or buy it.

    As a retiree on a fixed income, stretching a penny also applies to maximizing what is in my closet. Inflation is bad for the country, as it hurts everyone. Spending more money is not always the answer. We need to do our homework when it comes to what we wear. On this Thanksgiving I am grateful that you, Nancy, have taught us how to maximize our clothes budget, that I have paid attention, and that keeping my closet “pruned” is truly refreshing, relaxing, and the right thing to do for my bottom line!

    Happy Thanksgiving and thank YOU for your wonderful common-sense knowledge that keeps us looking good, no matter the occasion. Your inspiration is a gift.

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