Holiday Party Dresses for Under $50

You can be a fashionista even during the recession.

Dec. 5, 2008 — -- Holiday party season will soon be in full swing, so what's a budget-conscious gal with nothing to wear to do?

Glamour magazine fashion editor-at-large Suze Yalof-Schwartz to the rescue with five great "recessionista" party dresses, all costing under $50. These dresses plus a few well-chosen accessories and you've got an outfit that only looks expensive.

From Work to Party

Chadwicks, $39.99 – Green, pleated dress made of silk crepe. Handbag from DSW, about $30.

Formal Affair

Marshall's, $39.99 – Rust-colored sleeveless dress. Clutch purse from DSW, $30.

Covered-up Sexy Wal-Mart, $20 – Red wrap dress. Jewelry from R.J. Graziano, under $50.

Modern Tartan

JC Penny, $44.99 – Plaid, tartan shirtdress, perfect for Christmas.

Fun and Flirty

H&M, $39.90 – Purple, knee-length dress perfect for any occasion. Banana Republic jewelry, under $50.

Glamour Dress-Up Don'ts

Never choose something too shiny. Shiny polyester dresses can also give away the secret that you didn't spend a lot, so stay away from fabric that's too flashy.

Often beaded and sequined inexpensive dresses look just that, and you want your affordable find to look and feel rich.

Make sure the lining always matches the hem. When hems don't match up, it's a sign of a poorly made garment.