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Holiday Fashion For The Budget Fashionista

'Tis the season when fashion brands roll out holiday pieces, but for more affordable finds, check out department stores! Here's a preview of the ultra-chic buys in one of your fave haunts.

As we shift to the cooler months, we find another perfect excuse to shop for new clothes! And, the moment holiday affair invites start pouring, you'll have more reasons to update your closet!

If you'll be shopping so much, be careful not to blow your budget (yes, even if you have a hefty bonus) on a few expensive pieces. If you want to get more finds at affordable prices, you can always turn to your fave department stores, which have increasingly been offering us more stylish options.

One of your fave haunts, SM Department Store, did a preview of their holiday collection at Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2011. We give you front-row access to the looks that were created using pieces you'll be seeing in stores this season. Click through all photos in the gallery to have an idea how to mix and match the trendy new pieces you'll find on your next shopping trip (Hint: It's pay-day weekend!). Then, read on for some expert styling cues we culled from the runway.

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Color Story

A lot of the pieces in SM's latest collection come in delightful bursts of contrasting bright colors, as seen on color-blocking ultra-flowy accordion skirts and floor-grazing palazzo pants. The classic white-on-white trend also dominated the runway, as white pieces in all textures and fabrics were paired to create an ultimately easy, fresh vibe.

Brown accents were also spotted on some pieces, while nudes made their mark in jumpsuits and office trousers that look sexy from day to night. Black was also quite prominent, as seen on sharp corsets and dark, textured shorts. Loud and retro tribal prints were also spotted, not as small accents, but as prints of the entire outfit.

Fashion For Your Guy

If you're getting tired of seeing your guy in the same jackets and shirts, why don't you bring him along on your shopping trip or just pick out for him a few new pieces from SM's Men's Fashion collection. See how you can creatively integrate color-blocking and layering into your man's daily wardrobe; get him one of their cute bright suits. Or, to be on the safe side, check out their brown-on-white ensembles.

Launch the gallery now to see these pieces and be fashionably holiday ready!

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