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6 Striped Maxi Dresses Under $30

Adore stripes? Let your infatuation continue into the summer months with a striped maxi dress. Celebs who love this trend provide styling inspiration: Add a cardigan and bright bag like Hilary Duff, define your waist with a thin belt like LeAnn Rimes, or keep things simple like Halley Berry with embellished flip-flops and cool jewelry.

Here are 6 affordable options to help you get the look...

Ask BB: What to Wear to Prague and Budapest in May

I will be going to Prague / Budapest for 10 days in May. There will be lots of walking trips but a few nights of dressing up as well. Weather is typically Sunny mid 50's to high 70's. I just want to take 1 bag for clothes but I am a terrible packer. Is there a website that can help me out or can you put together a list of must haves? I do not want to look like a tourist! I visit this site and the Sartorialist often…unfortunately I haven't spent money on my own clothes in years and my closet is outdated. I don’t mind buying, just want to maximize my purchases to be able to mix and match a lot. I am also looking for a super comfy, super cute pair of shoes good for lots of walking and cobblestone streets. —Posted by isaidjackie in the forums

Let's start with a list of travel must-haves, pieces that will take you from the plane to the ground in style and comfort. First, you'll want a cozy cardigan in a neutral hue that you can wear on the plane, while you're traveling by train or anytime it gets a bit chilly and you need a lightweight cover-up, whether it's an air-conditioned museum or breezy night out.

Win Cool Stuff: A Pair of Shoes from The Shoe Thief

UPDATE: And the winner is… #17 jesscook515! Congrats to our winner and thanks to everyone who entered.

Please note: This giveaway has ended and is now closed to further entries.

We've teamed up with new online shoe boutique The Shoe Thief to offer one lucky Budget Babe reader the chance to win a free pair of shoes! (valued at $100) is a website for shoppers who want in-season designer shoes at prices that might seem criminal.

The Look for Less: Sperry Top-Sider Metallic Boat Shoe

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Metallic boat shoes are a glam update on this preppy classic. Sperry Top-Sider's "Montauk" boat shoe will give you this day-to-night look for $90 at Bloomingdale's.

Sperry at ShopStyle

Snag Payless Shoe Source's take on the trend for just $16.99 (down from $24.99) with their "Ahoy" boat moc by Dexter.

UPDATE 5/24/2011: Thanks to reader Rebecca, we have another amazing option available at Old Navy in four colors for just $24.50. Click to shop!