Festive, fashionable party pieces

Affordable fashions can make you shine during the holidays.

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  • 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, chicos.com.

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Aryn K Blouse

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

    To buy: $98, houseoflolo.com.

    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, whbm.com.

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    Lisa Stewart Earrings

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

    To buy: $70, lisastewartonline.com.

    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, lulus.com.

    BCBG Max Azria Belt

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

    To buy: $58, bcbg.com.

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    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, colourme.com.

    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, anntaylor.com.

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    Just Cavalli Skirt

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

    To buy: $32, peppermintpark.com. (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, spanx.com.

    RSVP Heels

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

    To buy: $63, zappos.com.

    Roberta Chiarella Earrings

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

    To buy: $28, robertachiarella.com.

    Banana Republic Necklace

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

    To buy: $49.50, bananarepublic.com.

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    Cult Candy Top

    The bell-shaped hem hits just past the hips.

    To buy: $21, peppermintpark.com. (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, kirakirajewelry.com.

    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, sushmapatel.us.

    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, loft.com.

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