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 –

Sparkle sweater
$238 –

Vince keyhole shirt
£255 –

Cropped jacket
$118 –

Flared pants
$48 –

Paige Denim faded jeans
$306 –

Zara leather bootie
$100 –

BP. high heel shoes
$80 –

Christian Louboutin leather shoes

ALDO feather handbag
$73 –

BCBG Max Azria clutch bag
$150 –

Sondra Roberts black clutch handbag
$119 –

Free People chain jewelry
$188 –

Argento Vivo silver jewelry
$49 –

Kate spade jewelry
$98 –

ENRICO COVERI fringe scarve
$85 –

Faliero Sarti lace scarve
£344 –

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