Mall finds you can sparkle in
It's too late to order anything online for that party this weekend or even Christmas Eve and Christmas Day festivities. You're going to have to go to the mall.
I happen to have been there not too long ago (don't tell the indi retailers) and did some window shopping. Here's a look at some of the best options I saw. Prices started at $23 for fab party skirts at Forever 21 and go up to $150 at Banana Republic. The Republic also has some dresses on sale for $60. Things are already getting marked down everywhere in fact so seek and you shall find.
And if you need to rationalize buying for yourself at this last minute, wear it for a Christmas party and New Year's party. And if you don't have one of those, there's nothing wrong with getting dressed up to go out to dinner. Our first Christmas in Florida as out-of-staters we had very no Christmas events besides inviting two college guy friends over for a Thai pasta dinner I served on our best china. (They wore gym shorts, burped openly and called it peanut butter pasta.)
So I made my husband suit up and I wore my strapless black velvet to dinner and a play. The play in some warehouse had about 10 other spectators all in jeans. We looked like a couple on prom night at Outback Steakhouse. But I wore my holiday finery and still remember it fondly.
So go spend $29.99 on yourself, grab a friend and make an occiasion out of this festive season even if it's just for a glass of wine or hot chocoloate somewhere elegant.