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Holiday Party Looks Under $150: Casual Party at Home

We all end up attending a frabjillion holiday parties, and want to look like the belle of the jingle ball at each one. We've also all got to-gift lists as long as our arm. Budget-wise, those two statements don't always go hand-in-hand, so each of us OB editors have come up with a complete head-to-toe holiday party look for different types of parties for $150 or less. That way, you'll look like the special snowflake you are, while still having a little cash left over to buy Great Aunt Mildred that bath powder set she's been dropping hints about.

So you've committed to hosting a small get-together with friends and family for the holidays. Whether you're doing day after Christmas brunch, a naughty White Elephant Gift Exchange, or a casual cookie swap, chances are you'll spend a lot of time bustling around the kitchen or directing coats to the spare bedroom. You'll want to keep it comfy but cute as you dish out the holiday cheer. Luckily, one of the advantages of hosting includes not needing coordinating outerwear that could stretch your budget!

IMO, there are two kinds of casual hosting--the truly casual and the semi-casual. If you're the type to feel right at home in jeans and a tee, I'm betting you'll be most comfy in Outfit One:

1 - J. Crew Colorblock-Stripe Long-Sleeve Tee ($48)
2 - Bow Very Cute Necklace ($15)
3 - Pinto Jeans ($48)
4 - Minnetonka Kilty Suede Moccasins ($40)
Total: $151

If you're like me and feel more at home in a skirt, even in casual settings, give Outfit Two a chance:

1 - Cap-Sleeve Fair Isle Sweater Dress ($40)
2 - Metallic Stone Pyramid Post Earrings ($10)
3 - 1928 Destiny Jet Black & Silver Bangle Bracelet Set ($5, on sale)
4 - Topshop Royal Blue Denier 3D Tights ($12)
5 - Chinese Laundry Wiz Mid Heel Scrunch Bootie ($50)
Total: $117

layla-pic.jpgLayla here: At a strapping 5'2", I've got plenty of tricks up my sleeve for fellow petite girls who need to look fashion fabulous. Plus, I make all of my beauty purchases online just so I can get free trial size samples in the mail. If you're not sure about a product, chances are I've tried it! I'd be glad to recommend my favs. I also have a knack for men's apparel and gifts, especially geek guy gifts, thanks to the expertise of my own gadget-inclined guy.

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