Goodwill Gems: Understated Holiday Style

Holiday doesn’t have to mean sparkle and sequins. This season, as you’re looking for items to spruce up your winter wardrobe and thinking about all of the holiday parties, cocktail hours, and cookie swaps ahead, try thinking a little outside the traditional holiday mold.

A fantastic new bag, like this gem I spotted recently at my favorite local Goodwill shop, is just the kind of piece to add a bit of elegance to your holiday looks, without going overboard or taking you into gaudy territory. The bold pattern and its rich ruby-red and cream color combination are perfect for the season, and sure to complement any of the luxurious colors and fabrics so popular at this time of year. The textured linen and embroidery give the fabric visible and unexpected coarseness that will add another layer of detail and interest to just about any winter ensemble, and its middle-of-the-road size – large enough to hold all of your necessities as you hop from event to event, but not so large that you can’t easily sling it over your shoulder while sipping a festive drink – is perfectly practical.

brocade bag with ruby red and creme huesThis week’s find – a fabulous brocade bag in rich holiday hues – is just the right accessory to carry you through all of the season’s soirées in style.

Make any outfit feel luxe. With the simple addition of a chic accessory like this bag, you can instantly upgrade almost any look in your winter wardrobe and make it feel instantly worthy of a celebration. Here, I’ve paired it with a dress that’s ideal for a more laid-back affair. A knit sweater dress in a soft charcoal gray is belted at the waist to create a more feminine shape – when paired with this pretty new purse and a pair of equally splendid leather boots, it becomes a polished ensemble that’s right just for wearing from day to night during the holiday season. This bag would look equally lovely when paired with fancier apparel, though – try an accessory like this one with your favorite cocktail dress and a stunning pair of high-heeled booties for a dressier evening out.

grey knit sweater dress with brown leather beltGo from day to night effortlessly and elegantly, with a darling embroidered bag like this one paired with a simply chic outfit, like your favorite figure-flattering sweater dress and a classic pair of leather boots.



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