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Festive, fashionable party pieces

By Yolanda Wikiel,
updated 8:00 AM EST, Fri December 2, 2011
Affordable fashions can make you shine during the holidays.
Affordable fashions can make you shine during the holidays.
  • Major labels like Vera Wang have more affordable 'sister' brands
  • BCBG Max Azaria is great for stylish and budget friendly belts and earrings
  • Ann Taylor and Loft have versitile options for under $100

( -- If your spirits are high but cash is low, don't despair: These shimmery, party-ready styles each cost $100 or less.

Chico's Necklace

Layering jewelry can be mystifying, which is why this single piece composed of rhinestones, faux pearls, beads, and chains is so genius.

To buy: $79, Party skirts for every figure

Aryn K Blouse

An understated blouse in pleated silk lets a bold skirt shine.

To buy: $98,

White House Black Market Skirt

This sleek acetate-blend pick manages to be both current (red is big right now) and timeless (pencil skirts will always be in style).

To buy: $98, 7 money saving, stress less holiday tips

Lisa Stewart Earrings

Hammered and crystal-flecked, these modern gold-plated danglers have an old-fashioned elegance.

To buy: $70,

Lulu's Dress

Gold is merry and bright—but it will also look fitting come spring. Just add gray or black opaque tights to this mid-thigh--length polyester-blend stunner.

To buy: $61,

BCBG Max Azria Belt

Why should jewels be limited to jewelry? Check out this elastic belt with a gorgeous, gemlike centerpiece.

To buy: $58, Pretty smart

Colour Me Bracelets

This rich mix of gold-tone bangles—some plain, some textured with beads—ties the outfit together.

To buy: $15 for eight,

BCBG Max Azria Earrings

Opulent drops of rhinestones and black orbs look like an estate-sale find.

To buy: $78, 866-497-1041.

Ann Taylor Top

Shiny black thread on this two-tone polyester top offers a low-key way to dazzle.

To buy: $88, Hostess gifts

Just Cavalli Skirt

This slim satin skirt has the right amount of stretch to be comfortable and flattering.

To buy: $32, (Real Simple readers get a free three-month shopping membership with the promo code REALSIMPLE.)

Banana Republic Bracelet

Spare yet sparkly: a rhinestone-covered bead suspended on a gray leather cord.

To buy: $25, 888-277-8953.

Spanx Tights

Take control with a pair of opaque tights that slenderize and smooth.

To buy: $26,

RSVP Heels

You'll stand head and shoulders above the rest in black suede peep toes with hidden inch-high platforms.

To buy: $63,

Roberta Chiarella Earrings

Faux-diamond studs are a silent partner for a statement necklace.

To buy: $28,

Banana Republic Necklace

This beaded tulle bib makes a powerful impact, but it's practically weightless.

To buy: $49.50, Stocking stuffers

Cult Candy Top

The bell-shaped hem hits just past the hips.

To buy: $21, (Real Simple readers get a free three-month shopping membership with the promo code REALSIMPLE.)

KiraKira Earrings

Silver Moroccan-shaped hoops are finished off with a hanging pearl.

To buy: $98,

Simply Vera Vera Wang Top

Forgiving in all the right places: This polyester-blend style has a camouflaging drape and a tie-it-yourself waist.

To buy: $54, 866-887-8884.

Sushma Patel Carina Bracelet

Even just one crystal-encrusted bangle provides a sliver of brightness against a dark-colored outfit.

To buy: $100 for a stack of bangles,

Loft Skirt

The lace embellishments down the sides give this knee-length polyester-blend pencil skirt a life outside the office.

To buy: $69.50, Unique gift ideas for anyone

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