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If you’re like, oh, pretty much every woman in N.Y.C. and you’d rather stay in than go out in an outfit that’s not all-black, got you covered. She sports the shade top-to-bottom: a leather-accented Narciso Rodriguez LBD, a Christian Louboutin clutch and strappy heels. The only pop of color: gorgeous red lips.
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Is your resolution for 2013 to take more risks? Well, you can start by picking up a dress like this. The ivory Emilio Pucci peplum number has a plunging and revealing sheer panel that’s ultra-sexy as long as you keep it in place with some double-stick tape.
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Wear a skintight lace mini in black with bare legs to your New Year’s Eve party and you’ll have guys lined up, hoping to kiss you at midnight. Just be sure to throw your red lipstick in your clutch so you can reapply post-smooch.
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Step 1: Exfoliate your body like crazy. Step 2: Slip into a plunging jumpsuit and add a few delicate necklaces (Olivia’s are A.L.C. and Iwona Ludyga Design, respectively). Step 3: Zip up your coat and add your warmest scarf for maximum clavicle protection. Step 4: Drop the coat at the party, and watch jaws hit the floor.
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The weather outside may be frightful, but this snow-white dress is so delightful on the . Stand out in a sea of LBDs in a pristine, form-fitting mini, then add a few other unexpected accessories (or if you’re feeling a little more festive, swap out the cheetah heels for red pumps).
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has long loved to match her jackets to her shoes, but we think that this forest green combo, layered over a sparkling black top and tights, achieves maximum impact.
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Quick, grab the dictionary: pretty sure this shot of Bethenny is in there next to the word “festive.” From the bright scarlet hue of her long-sleeve mini to her high-shine gold clutch and glittery peep-toes, we’d say this look is definitively party-perfect.
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After a few too many holiday treats, we need all the help faking an hourglass silhouette we can get. Fortunately Kerry gives us a template to follow: a deep V, flouncy peplum and eye-catching belt visually whittles the middle, and the color is reliably slimming.
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A LBD like Miu Miu version is always a safe choice, but it can feel a bit tired without some fun accessories. To remix this closet staple, get inspired by these brilliant styling ideas.
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If you’re still wondering what to wear to your office holiday party, Carmen has you covered. She combines an on-trend white peplum skirt with a classic long-sleeve black top and pointy-toe pumps.
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Another way to look festive without donning a dress? Go for sparkly pants (hers are Joe’s). Bonus points if you team them with an equally spirited red peacoat like Victoria does.
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Rose gold is having a moment, and we couldn’t be more thrilled since the pink-tinged shade flatters nearly every complexion. Just check out how pretty Viola looks in her metallic Alberta Ferretti dress, plus matching Atelier Swarovski hoops and shoes.
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Of course would wear something this totally cool and unexpected for a night on the town. For a similar look, pair a metallic bustier top with matching cigarette pants and add a pop of color with red sandals (hers are by Rupert Sanderson).
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Holiday season is one of the few times you can get away with showing up to a party in a red sequin mini. To pull if off without looking like a Christmas tree ornament, take a cue from (in Monique Lhuillier), and keep your accessories to a minimum.
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Leave it to our current style crush to wear a cocktail dress that we’d like to have hanging in our own closet. She lets her ruby textured mini with blue detailing shine with simple accessories including black peep-toes and an Ippolita cocktail ring.
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The best part about Olivia’s red Ani Lee dress is the ruching, which will disguise extra poundage brought on by holiday snacking. The second best part about the dress: Not only is it great for a December party, but it also works any time of year for date night or the office (with a blazer).
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Yes, you can wear a comfy long-sleeve tee to a holiday party. When paired with a structural lamé metallic skirt, a statement necklace (like her Swarovski piece) and black pumps (the actress’s are Ruthie Davis), it has a very festive feel. Bonus: You can remix every piece of the outfit for other get-togethers.
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If you’re like many women in N.Y.C. and can’t be convinced to wear anything but black, spice up the shade by playing with textures as Jessica does in a semi-sheer knee-length dress with perforated panels.
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This is the kind of dress that makes you pray you get an invitation calling for black tie. We’d accessorize the gold tulle embroidered Oscar de la Renta number just as does: with leg-lengthening nude peep-toes (hers are Jimmy Choo) and glam curls.
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Not quite ready to take on Diane’s retro-inspired jumpsuit? Then start with something a bit easier to pull off like simple and chic Katharine Kidd design.
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It’s easy to OD on sparkle, shine and metallic in December, so if you need to cleanse your fashion palette, pick up a plunging cream wrap dress. The shade is winter-appropriate and would look stunning with a floor-length faux fur coat.
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When in doubt (as in, you’re going to your new boyfriend’s parents’ holiday get-together), go for something black-and-white. knee-length Stella McCartney dress is classic and elegant, but feels interesting despite the lack of color.
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Black trenches are universally flattering and always in style. Which is why we’re so psyched that the classic look now comes in dress form. Dior trench-style mini is the kind of dress every other woman at the party will wish she’d worn.
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We can almost guarantee no one else will show up wearing salmon. makes the summery shade feel seasonal by wearing it on a rich lace fabric with black-and-gold accents.
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For those days when you just can’t fathom pulling on a pair of tights: Reach for a fancy jumpsuit like the retro-style navy-and-black one the fashion-forward actress selects.
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If you’re going to a bad holiday sweater party, mixing green and red is fine. If you’re going to a slightly more chic event, we recommend mixing green and navy as does in Louis Vuitton. Bonus points for adding glittery fabric and a peplum.
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Metallic brocade can look stunningly festive or like you sheathed yourself in holiday wrapping paper. Achieve the former by selecting a dress with a simple silhouette, like Julie’s Lela Rose dress, rather than something highly structured.
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If ever there were a time and a place to wear a sparkling black dress with a statement headpiece, as Christina does, that time would be now and that place would be a holiday party.
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If the invitation doesn’t call for cocktail attire, just dress up what you already have in your closet by styling it with festive accessories. Emma takes her boho maxi and basic black top from day to night thanks to a gold Ben-Amun necklace and clutch.