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HOW TO DRESS FOR EXCESS

Partying it up

I mixed flash with class for an on-the-town look. I paired this $40 Forever 21 mini with a shirt-front dress I dug out of my closet. By removing the belt and unbuttoning the front, I had an instant long jacket that contrasts nicely against the shortness of the sparkly beast.

I skipped a necklace because the dress was so bold. Instead, I opted for chunky bangle bracelets from Forever 21, both less than $10.

For dancing I suggest a platform wedge. These giraffe-print peep toes were $25 at Charlotte Russe. The eggplant piping on the shoes is a nice alternative to red or silver, which can seem somewhat expected around the holidays.

Don't be shy with this look. Load up on eye makeup, tease your hair, raise a glass and you're ready to go. Cheers! — Stephanie Hayes

Keeping it simple

I built the outfit around some dark-wash trouser jeans I already had. They are a slightly stretchy material, which is a good thing .

For the top, I opted for something with sheen. Banana Republic was having a killer sale, and I picked up an emerald-green silk blouse with blue polka dots for nearly half off at $38.99.

The gold accessories pulled everything together. The Limited turned out to be a mecca of holiday jewelry that was all 40 percent off. I paid about $15 for a gold cuff bracelet.

An green and gold Ann Taylor Loft leather clutch (bought on sale for $14.99) complemented my top. On my feet, I went glam all the way with a pair of discounted gold Gianni Bini stilettos from Dillard's — a steal at $44. — Colleen Jenkins

Heading out

There's no sense in spending much on winter wear when you live in a tropical paradise. Look to pieces that can keep adding sparkle to your wardrobe all year.

For starters, you'll want a lightweight jacket. Check out the light-wool belted coat that I picked up in cream for $55.65 at Old Navy. The cinched waist plays up every figure, no matter how many layers are piled underneath.

I swooned over a feather-weight gold and red weave scarf for $59 at the Mermaid's Slipper, an artist boutique on 19th Street in Ybor City.

For a final touch, I snagged a starburst pin in super trendy purple, with just the right touch of glitter, on sale for $14 at JCPenney.

Jacket + pin + scarf = a snug and stylish countdown to 2009. — Letitia Stein

Staying in

Just because you're staying home doesn't mean you have to look homely.

At 8 months pregnant, I opted for my favorite clothing item: leggings. These gray Liz Lange maternity leggings were $12.99 and make preggers life easy.

I paired them with an extra-long stretchy pink tank top that has just a wee-bit of glitter, $7.99 and topped it all off with a snuggly jeweled cardigan, $24.99.

And remember: No stay-at-home outfit is complete without a proper pair of socks. I opted for my favorite slipper-socks in gray and black stripes with little hot pink pom-poms. All from Target. It doesn't get much cuter than this — pass the popcorn and apple cider! — Nicole Hutcheson

We made it through Christmas! Now come with the Deal Divas on a little New Year's Eve journey, demonstrating a different party-ready look for the big night, from the cocktail hour to the couch. They're here to inspire you to dress on a dime!

We made it through Christmas! Now come with the Deal Divas on a little New Year's Eve journey, demonstrating a different party-ready look for the big night, from the cocktail hour to the couch. They're here to inspire you to dress on a dime!

HOW TO DRESS FOR EXCESS 12/25/08 [Last modified: Thursday, December 25, 2008 3:30am]
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