We’ve all been there… There’s a party coming up that you want to look really good for, but you waited till the last minute to shop for an outfit. So you either order everything that could possibly work via overnight shipping, or you head to the nearest Zara or department store to scoop up something you’ll likely never wear again. (It’s not the best feeling, as I know from experience.)

So what have I learned from my mistakes? There are certain things, as tempting as they may be at the moment, to simply avoid buying when shopping for holiday party outfits. From the wrong kinds of bags, to the not-so-useful dress choice, to read about all five, and of course shop what to buy instead, just keep scrolling.