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Stretch your holiday party budget by taking a basic frock and making it winter-ready. With the right accessories and layers, you'll be able to wear your favorite LBD year-round.
When the wind starts to blow, it's time to start wearing tights. Thick, opaque and knit styles will help you get more mileage from your dresses.
Example: Betsey Johnson Leopard Tights, $28 -- Urban Outfitters
. One of the simplest ways to take a summer dress into winter is by simply layering it over a fitted turtleneck. Smart and stylish!
Example: Simply Vera Vera Wang Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater, $24.99 -- Kohl's
3. Fur Stole.
A single accessory like a fur stole can transform a simple dress into a party look while keeping your shoulders covered and warm.
Example: Faux Fur Stole, $75 -- Ann Taylor
4. Over-the-knee boot.
With most of your legs covered, you're practically wearing pants! Add tights and a cardigan, and you've got yourself a winter-ready look with attitude to boot.
Example: Suede Over-the-Knee Boots, $42.99 -- Charlotte Russe
5. A Shrug.
Add interest and stave off the cold by tossing on a shrug over a summer dress. Pick a substantial fabric that's warm but not itchy against bare arms for the most versatility.
Example: Femme for DKNY Sweater, Cocoon Shrug, $59 -- Macy's
6. Statement jacket.
A dress will read like a skirt if you top it with a pretty jacket that you can wear indoors. Layer your dress over a long-sleeve tee for extra warmth since no one will see the hidden top anyway.
Example: Suede Grommet Jacket, $47.80 -- Forever 21
7. Arm warmers.
Never underestimate the power of arm warmers for keeping limbs comfortable while adding a substantial amount of style. Pop these on with any sleeveless or short-sleeve dress to keep frostbite at bay.
Example: Super Long Sleeve, $19.95 -- Free People
8. Blanket scarf.
True to its name, a blanket scarf keeps you wrapped in its oversize warmth but can also be tied like a traditional scarf. Unlike a Snuggie, you can wear one with a lightweight dress to make it hot.
Example: Plaid blanket scarf, $24.50 -- Gap
9. Cardigan sweater.
A classic cardi is an obvious way to winterize a dress. Take a fresh approach by belting a flyaway cardigan atop a frock instead.
Example: Cap-Sleeve Flyaway Cardigan, $49.50 -- Express
10: A poncho sweater.
Swath yourself in the warmth and luxury of a poncho. No, not that Tex-Mex mess from Spring Break '98, but a modern, updated one that reads more like a sweater.
Example: Michael Michael Kors Poncho Sweater, $119.50 -- Bloomingdale's