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Fashion Tricks For Affordable Holiday Style

   By: Yolanda Keil

I love the holiday season. It's a great time filled with enticing smells, store displays, good food, sales and, of course, holiday events.

Shopping and dressing for events are often contributors to holiday stress and debt. It's not necessary to purchase a complete outfit. Here are some affordable options.

  • Wear a glittery illusion, multi-strand or y-shaped necklace. There are many options; rhinestones, beads, cubic zirconia, swarovski crystals.

  • Pull out those dressy shoes you bought but never wore yet. You can always change into practical flats later if they're a little high.

  • Brighten a conservative, dark suit with a brightly-colored, dressy top or camisole to stand out. Just make sure it complements your coloring.

  • Not ready for bright colors? Try a lacey top with long bell-shaped sleeves instead.

  • Carry a beautiful, embroidered and/or beaded clutch.

  • Buy a faux (or real if you prefer) fur collar to dress up your coat. Have your local cleaners or tailor add the buttons and loops to make it detachable if you're not comfortable doing it yourself.

  • Pile on the bangles or charms. This is a nice party look - where the noise would not be an issue.

  • If you're not comfortable with the noise, wrap a long strand of beads around your wrist instead. It still is a dramatic look without the noise.

  • Heap on beaded necklaces or sport a multi-strand belt for an exotic look.

  • Pair tuxedo pants with a silky tie belt and a tucked-in camisole, worn alone or under a nice top.

  • Top off your outfit with a dressy shawl in velvet, silk or lace.

  • Have a nice, defined waistline? Try punching up a simple, full-skirted dress with a corset-style belt or tuxedo sash.

  • Dress up a tweed bag with a cluster of brooches.

    Make Sure Those Great Buys Are Something You'll Really Wear ... A bargain isn't a bargain if it's in the back of your closet.

    Yolanda Keil is a certified image consultant and a confessed shopaholic. She produces two free style newsletters; Style Shopper and Voluptuous Femme. Sign up for email updates at:

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