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Accessorise your look for under £20

If you're feeling the pre-party pinch on your purse strings but still need to up your glitz game, eBay has an array of budget-friendly buys on standby. We've got all the baubles, tinsel-tastic necklaces, party-popping rings, twinkling bracelets and grab-me-quick clutches to get the party started, and all for less than £20. Max out on these party accessories now and still have change for the bar. By Lara Myall.

Gold flower necklace
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Gold flower necklace

We've long relied on the statement necklace to rescue our looks and there’s good reason why. It’s bold, it's blingy, it's an extension of our personalities, and a proven ploy to blingify even the basics. Wear this dazzler alone over a roll-neck top or on bare flesh with a shoulder-skimming Bardot dress. 'Tis the season to sparkle, however you wear it.
Mock croc clutch bag
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Mock croc clutch bag

Sometimes you have to minimise to maximise a look, especially on the party circuit. And that’s where this low-key clutch comes in. If you’ve armed yourself with finger furniture and wow wristwear take it easy on the clutch. Snap up XL styles that’ll carry more than your lippy and choose a hint of shimmering metallic or tactile texture to downplay the dazzle.

Art deco chandelier earrings
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Art deco chandelier earrings

Listen up. This season’s gems morph into armour and one of the ways to protect yourself against fashion fail is with a pair of baubles. Heavy metal face framers are the need to know deets, and extra sparkle a must for festive fabulousness. Go for jumbo gems and spend as little as you can for bonus smugness.

Gold pointed jewel ring
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Gold pointed jewel ring

The classic cocktail ring is one of those accessory stalwarts that never strays far from the fashion radar. The question is: how to wear it? This royal blue stunner can carry its own and supports the less is more philosophy worn alone on your index finger. Then clash it up against a retro print or black backdrop to ring in the bling.

Embellished bee bracelet
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Embellished bee bracelet

Embellished bee bracelet

Wrist taking gets serious come Christmas (as serious as fashion goes), because of the temptation to pile on the jewels. However bracelets and cuffs are all the costume drama you need to transform any party look - a single show-stopping piece will create extra impact. Don this beautiful bracelet over a deep ruby or navy long sleeve and let it pop. 

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