Shine On: Holiday 2011

Rival the sparkle of the holidays with sequins and metallics. Whether you choose jeans, a work-to-party ensemble or all-out drama, go ahead – be a little conspicuous.

Keep in mind:

The key to either type of look is to choose classic shapes – they give longevity to trendy pieces like a sequined dress, and keep you from competing with the Christmas tree for glitz in the worst way.

Swapping out your regular daytime bag for a clutch polishes and finishes any holiday look. Besides, what more do you really need to carry besides lipstick, your cell phone, and a few cards? Clutches are the most chic way to carry almost nothing.

Shine On: Holiday 2011

Dark Jeans.Yes, you can wear jeans to a holiday party – a sparkly sweater in subtle gold becomes the focus. Spice up the ensemble and tie it together with accessories in bold, geometric black. Add a pair of booties with charming ruffles, and this is not your basic jeans-and-sweater combo.

Work-to-Party. Be appropriate with sharply tailored trousers and a jacket for the office (with a work-befitting blouse), but transform the outfit to totally fête-worthy by adding a sequined shell for night with tonal metallic accessories and a feathered clutch. A mauve lace scarf adds some interest at the neckline without being distracting.

All-Out Drama. A classic wrap silhouette keeps an allover-sequined dress glam instead of garish. But don’t you dare try to blend in – a structured lace clutch and a multistrand pearl necklace complement the gold too beautifully to forgo. Throw an ivory wrap around your shoulders as an alternative to a cardigan, and go find some bright lights.

Shop It

French Connection short sleeve dress
$298 – usa.frenchconnection.com

Sparkle sweater
$238 – aliceandolivia.com

Vince keyhole shirt
£255 – net-a-porter.com

Cropped jacket
$118 – topshop.com

Flared pants
$48 – warehouse.co.uk

Paige Denim faded jeans
$306 – coggles.com

Zara leather bootie
$100 – zara.com

BP. high heel shoes
$80 – nordstrom.com

Christian Louboutin leather shoes
christianlouboutin.com

ALDO feather handbag
$73 – asos.com

BCBG Max Azria clutch bag
$150 – nordstrom.com

Sondra Roberts black clutch handbag
$119 – stefanibags.com

Free People chain jewelry
$188 – freepeople.com

Argento Vivo silver jewelry
$49 – nordstrom.com

Kate spade jewelry
$98 – katespade.com

ENRICO COVERI fringe scarve
$85 – forzieri.com

Faliero Sarti lace scarve
£344 – farfetch.com

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