Holiday Ready featuring the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA

Hi! The clock is ticking down to the final stretch of holiday prep. As is the case every year, the weekends fill up quickly with holiday parties and while I often think I have a lot of time to get ready (and find things to wear), somehow I’m left the week of the holiday rushing around tying up last minute items. Parties and social events aside, I think the holiday ready items in my closet could cover a month of work and parties, yet every year I am adding more sparkly, lacy, metallic items to my closet (I. Can’t. Help. It.) Two items that I have been wanting to add to my holiday rotation are a lace dress and a fur vest.

Outfit details (all c/o Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA): Dress: Banana Republic Factory Lace Sheath Dress ($109.99) / Boots: French Connection Monay Booties ($89.99) / Purse: Banana Republic Factory Quilted Shoulder Bag / Vest: Michael Kors (via Saks off Fifth) $144.99 / Bracelet and Necklace: Saks Off Fifth

One of my other favorite stores at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA is the Banana Republic Factory Store. They always have an excellent selection of items and I am familiar with a lot of the retail offerings so I like seeing the same styles in different colors or options than what I’m seeing at the retail store. I can always count on finding key items and I wasn’t surprised when I found this fantastic lace sheath. I like the versatility of the dress and I would wear a black cardigan or blazer and tights to work and swap out the blazer for a more festive fur vest or cashmere wrap for evening events. Admittedly, dressing in cute holiday garb can be difficult in the Northeast and I am always trying to find ways to wear all of the fun short-sleeved and sleeveless items and not freeze to death. So, while I’m not wearing stockings in this photo, I would definitely opt for tights in this climate. However, I do find once I’m happily tucked in to my party with a cocktail, I always end up shedding my long sleeve layer, so I suppose the short-sleeved dress isn’t that far fetched.

I can always rely on Saks Off Fifth for on-trend items such as this Michael Kors (faux) fur vest and stiletto ankle booties (not to be worn in icy conditions!) They also have a wide selection of fine and costume jewelry to complete your holiday looks – I spent way too much time contemplating jewelry. But when in doubt, with a lacy dress and fur I kept the accessories on the simple side. If you are still finishing up your holiday shopping, the Fashion Outlets are open until 9 PM during the week and until 6PM on Christmas Eve, reopening on Monday, December 26 at 8AM for post-holiday shopping. Because once the crazy of Christmas passes, it’s time to find a dress for New Year’s Eve! Lucky for me, this dress fits the bill perfectly for a NYE dinner out or a party. And don’t forget, all of the current sales are listed on the mall’s website.

So, are you all ready for the holidays? Would love to hear your thoughts and thanks for visiting!


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