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Look Good for Less: 5 Sites for Recessionista Party Dresses

December 24, 2009
by Shannon Firth
Every woman wants to look fabulous as she poses underneath the mistletoe, nibbles latkes by the menorah or waits for the ball to drop, but no one should have to spend too many of their hard-earned dollars to impress during the holiday season. The fashion industry offers several choices for those who want a dress that’s high on style, but low in price.

The editor of Glamour magazine talks to Good Morning America about party dresses that cost $50 or less. As editor Suze Yalof Schwartz explains, “looking chic and sophisticated is a must,” but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to break the bank. These five dresses are so affordable, you might even be able to buy two or three, she suggests.

The 10 holiday party dresses selected by FabSugar are a bit pricier, but all are still under $100. View the slideshow of short, sparkly and uniquely printed frocks from Free People, Express and more.

If a holiday dress isn’t quite your style, consider a stylish skirt instead. As fashion blogger Emily Schuman explains in a guest post for Lucky magazine, a skirt can take on new life depending on what you pair it with. Schuman says she’s made habit of “investing in one key piece and then dressing it up in different ways for various occasions” during the holiday season. This year, she went with a fringy, sparkly skirt.
At, you can select your preferred price range. The site offers great little black dresses and elegant evening options at bargain prices, including dresses from such well-known designers as Ellen Tracy and Calvin Klein. Shipping is free.

For the especially frugal, offers “3 Foolproof Ways For Scoring a Holiday Wardrobe ... Without Spending a Dime!” Each suggestion includes several practical possibilities for updating your look by altering or adding unusual accessories to your old outfits. If you can’t find what you need in your own closet, try holding your own swap party or visiting a clothing exchange store.

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