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Living: CHOOSE YOUR CHR RISTMAS CRACKER; Five drop-dead gorgeous outfits and one to suit every budget...but can you match the dress with the price tag?

Byline: CLARE McVEY Lifestyle Editor

`TIS the season to be bonny - but how much do you want to shell out for your party frock?

We all like to wear something a little bit special for Christmas parties but it's difficult when our bank accounts and credit cards re stretched to the limit.

The good news is that there's a huge choice on the High Street to suit all tastes and pockets.

You can look a million dollars for next to nothing. If you've got lots of parties to go to, you might even be able to snap up a couple of little festive numbers for less than pounds 50.

There are some fabulously decadent designs, many simply dripping in sequins which will add that all-important sparkle to your Christmas look.

Here we've lined up five drop-dead gorgeous dresses and there's one to suit every budget.

But can you match the dress with the price tag? First impressions can be delightfully deceptive!

l Our model is TV Shipwrecked star Vicki Brooks.

SO, WHAT'S THE PRICE?pounds 22.99pounds 60pounds 75pounds 175pounds 339

1 Full-length sequin strappy gown, fully lined, in chocolate brown.

2 Silver silk bias-cut sleeveless dress with frilled hem and plunge v-neck.

3 Halter neck crimson dress with gold sequin waistband in velvety fabric.

4 Sleeveless sequin dress in blue and purple with high neck line.

5 A pink and red animal print strappy dress in a sparkle-effect fabric.

Did you guess the right prices?

Here they are:

5: New Look pounds 22.994:

4 Wallis pounds 603:

3 Ronit Zilkha at the mailbox pounds 752:

2 Per Una range at Marks & Spencer pounds 75

1: Monsoon pounds 175
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Dec 9, 2001
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