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10 Affordable Ways to Update an LBD for Holiday Parties

If you're looking for ways to get dolled up for the holidays while sticking to your budget, here are 10 inexpensive ways to spice up that little black dress you already own, and make it fresh and fun for 2009.

1. Nothing says party time like a shimmering pair of glittery heels. Slip into these Glitter Pumps from Charlotte Russe and all eyes will be on your feet. ($24.99,

2. Regardless of whether or not you love faux fur, donning this fur vest over a little black dress will make you the proverbial life of the party. Everyone will want to pet you! You know what I mean. ($38,

3. Add a big, bold shiny statement necklace to a plain LBD and friends will flock to compliment you like magpies drawn to shiny things. Bling, bling! ($24,

4. A festive sequin shrug adds just a hint of shine to a plain LBD. Get more mileage out of strapless styles with the added coverage afforded by a shrug, too. ($29.80,

5. A cropped jewel-neck cardigan in a soft winter-white will liven up last year's LBD while keeping you warm. (sale $49.50,

6. Give your favorite LBD a facelift with an eye-catching, figure flattering belt. This unique gold cheetah belt is definitely a showstopper. ($11,

7. Not for the faint of heart, the Deena & Ozzy Spotted Cocktail Hat promises to dazzle onlookers with it's unapologetic sartorial insouciance. Too much? Try an embellished headband instead. ($34,

8. Dress up your gams with these lace tights by Betsey Johnson. Patterned tights are a sexy, simple recipe for instant holiday glam on a budget. ($20,

9. Show up to a party wearing these edgy fingerless gloves, and I guarantee you'll get noticed. The fact that you're wearing the same LBD to every fete won't matter whatsoever. ($39,

10. Transform everything from simple frocks to a t-shirt and jeans this holiday season with a standout sequin jacket, like this one from BB Dakota. Looking fabulous couldn't be easier. ($83,

budget babe-

i just want to say thank you for all your amazing picks. I found your website a couple of months ago, and i have been back every day since! I love the variety!
#1 meghan on 2009-12-03 08:58 (Reply)
I LOVE that cheetah belt! It's such an unexpected addition.
#2 Aspiring Fashionista (Homepage) on 2009-12-03 09:16 (Reply)
Great ideas! Love that cheetah belt and Deena & Ozzy hat. It reminds of something the British would wear to a wedding.
#3 Erin (Homepage) on 2009-12-03 09:35 (Reply)
Fantastic tips, BB! Such easy ways to make an LBD party-ready.
#4 Sally (Homepage) on 2009-12-03 09:46 (Reply)

I saw those sequin pumps and they are sooo hot! I think they also have them in sliver and black. I also like the necklace from Nice picks!
#5 budget chic (Homepage) on 2009-12-03 09:48 (Reply)
I ABSOLUTLY Looovveee #9, where can i find
more options and colors?
#6 Kim Ramos on 2009-12-03 10:21 (Reply)
I have similar post coming up BB but yours is FANTASTIC!!!! I LOVE the sequin shrug...
#7 Real Style Real People (Homepage) on 2009-12-03 12:50 (Reply)
great picks!
#8 anh (Homepage) on 2009-12-03 15:45 (Reply)
Some seriously gorgeous holiday shopping picks here. I don't know if I like the sequin shoes, the Betsey Johnson tights, or the bib necklace most of all. I wonder if I could rock all three?
#9 Treacle (Homepage) on 2009-12-04 00:27 (Reply)
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