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What to wear: Holiday 2012 on a budget

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It’s that time of year. The time when you shop frantically, bake maniacally and in between work and decorating, try to look fabulous for the many holiday invites on your busy social calendar. As Huntsville’s party season kicks into full gear, the idea of a holiday filled with sparkle and shine is a thrill for some and for others a cause for panic. Whether you’re stressed to the max, excited, or somewhere in between, take a deep breath, a look in your closet, and check out a few easy and inexpensive updates to take you through the celebratory season in style.

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A basic pencil skirt paired with a festive piece or two takes you anywhere from after work holiday cocktails at 1892 East to a party at the boss’ house. A perennial closet staple in basic black, this sexy, skimming piece is ready to play in a variety of styles and fabrics.

If you’re in the market for a brand new silhouette this season, try a fit and flare dress. In a variety of lengths and fabrics this hipster-party-princess staple works on a range of body types creating curves and hugging you in all the right places. Lengths that hit just about the knee in an opulent fabric even work perfectly for modern black tie.

‘Tis the season for trousers. Quite literally, fashion wise the trouser is having a moment. Whether it’s dramatic and full or cropped and shiny, this closet staple is ready to be dressed up for a night out. For a perfect creative cocktail look, try a slim cropped pair with bold party shoes and a pretty blouse or sweater. Pair a wide-legged trouser with a silky blouse in a jewel tone and a sparkling statement necklace for a dramatic effect.

For black tie on a budget, you can’t go wrong with a basic black dress, but the colors of the season are all around. Bold purples, burgundy and brilliant blue and green pop in Huntsville’s ballrooms. Look for maxi dresses or better yet, check out bridal stores for something very simple that fits well. You’ll find by changing the accessories up a bit, you can wear a basic black style year after year.

Check out the slideshow for inspirations and shopping ideas.

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