With its outrageous and playful plumage, this skirt is exactly what you’ll want to reach for on New Year’s Eve. Don’t forget all the shiny trimmings, particularly a beaded belt that ties the whole look together.
To buy: Jeweled elastic belt, $40, 888-563-8444. Leather clutch, $178, vincecamuto.com for stores. INC suede heels, $89.50, macys.com. Hanes Silk Reflections tights, $13, macys.com.
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Up the Ante on the Everyday
These standard silhouettes—a cardigan, a bow-tied blouse, and trousers—fit right in at the office. But the jeweled neckline and some serious sheen will work overtime at the company party. Glam it up even more with sparkly accessories.
Bored with your LBD? Perhaps now is the time to invest in an LMD—a metallic shade is nearly as versatile and much better at making spirits bright. Complete the cocktail-party look with a bold necklace, black tights, and heels. Or, for a more intimate dinner, tone down the flash with a tuxedo jacket.
Without the bow, this blouse will tame even the wildest of skirts. Simply add a necklace and you’ve got an outfit ideal for anything from a formal event to an open house.
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Revel in Comfort and Joy
Don’t want to pull on tights? Rely on this easy combo: a plush velvet tuxedo jacket with fun printed pants. Untuck the blouse for a laid-back feel, but add T-straps and a pretty clutch to keep things evening-appropriate.
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Add a Cozy Element
Feel like formal wear is always giving you the cold shoulder? Instead of a fussy wrap, warm up with an elevated cardigan that’s fancy enough for a night out.
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Rethink the Dressy Suit
Forgo the matchy-matchy set and create a more inspired combination that includes feathers and tuxedo details. Metallic pumps echo the tone up top and pop beautifully against black tights.
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Tie It Up With a Bow
Swap the chunky necklace for the secretary bow to make this ensemble more prim and proper instantly—just right for a festive luncheon.
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Mix Business With Pleasure
Treating a client to holiday drinks? With a velvet blazer and an embellished belt, printed tailored trousers look both professional and fete-friendly.
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Don the Season’s Colors Elegantly
That means steering clear of the obvious red-and-green getup. A sophisticated emerald blouse and pants with touches of ruby and gold are festive enough for cocktails with friends yet won’t leave you looking like one of Santa’s elves.