Real Steals: Velvet Clothing for Holiday Parties
After New Year’s, wear these wide-leg velvet trousers to work with a blazer and an oxford shirt.
To buy: $89, 800-535-4491 for stores.
Banana Republic Monogram Top
Whether you’re dressed in nice pants or a pair of jeans, this sequin-embellished polyester top makes you instantly party-ready.
To buy: $98, bananarepublic.com.
R. J. Graziano Bracelets
One or two mesh gunmetal bracelets add subdued sheen.
To buy: $55 each, 212-685-1248.
Rocket Dog Pumps
These won’t-bust-the-budget peep-toes bring a dash of sparkle, thanks to black fabric that’s decorated with glitter.
To buy: $60, rocketdog.com.
Velvet Skinny Jeans
White House Black Market Pants
These black velvet skinny jeans have a stretchy, forgiving fit.
To buy: $88, whitehouseblackmarket.com.
Sandy Hyun Earrings
These posts made of black vintage glass and white Lucite seem plucked straight from your grandmother’s jewelry box.
To buy: $40, maxandchloe.com.
You’ll love looping this velvet scarf around your neck, since it’s lined with a snuggly acrylic knit.
To buy: $44, 800-535-4491 for stores.
Ann Taylor Blouse
’Tis the season to put aside your cotton button-down for a shimmery silk one that’s a bit more formal.
To buy: $88, anntaylor.com.
Merona for Target Belt
Afraid your outfit looks too safe? Slither this gray faux-snakeskin belt around your waist.
To buy: $13, target.com for stores.
Bling that won’t look out of place in the daytime: a black-resin stone with tiny crystals.
To buy: $78, 212-398-7363.
Elaine Turner Flats
The neutral zigzag pattern of this beaded pair makes them surprisingly versatile.
To buy: $98, elaineturner.com.
The Limited Dress
You’ll be able to turn heads in this strapless blue velvet dress, which hits at midthigh, well beyond the holidays.
To buy: $98, thelimited.com.
Martine Wester Earrings
Make a glamorous, old-Hollywood statement (without weighing down your lobes) with these crystal button earrings.
To buy: $62, martinewester.com (available later this month).
A captivating way to beat the chills, this cotton sweater has rhinestone buttons and a surprising charcoal lace back.
To buy: $60, express.com.
Unlike most belts, this narrow leather pick with allover glitter is delicate enough to be worn over a formal dress.
To buy: $24.50, jcrew.com.
Bisou Bisou for JCPenney Leggings
Traveling for the holidays? Throw on velvet leggings to stay polished, cozy, and wrinkle-free.
To buy: $44, jcp.com for stores.
Simply Vera Vera Wang Vest
This long cotton-and-rayon knit has a tie waist, a layer of chiffon peeking out from the bottom, and a rhinestone-and-ribbon appliqué.
To buy: $40, kohls.com.
DKNY Jeans Top
A flowy black satin tunic feels put-together without being stiff.
To buy: $59, 800-289-6229 (available later this month).
R.J. Graziano Bracelets
Each of these crystal-adorned bangles is slightly different.
To buy: $95 for 10, 212-685-1248.
White House Black Market Heels
Fringe trim steps up these patent-leather-and-suede oxfords.
To buy: Unfortunately, this item is no longer available, but find other styles at whitehouseblackmarket.com.
The Limited Top
A cowl-neck velvet halter flatters small and large busts, as well as those with broad shoulders.
To buy: $50, thelimited.com.
Archive Earrings and Bracelet
A study in contrasts: Geometric onyx beads are offset by engraved brass links.
To buy: $60 and $89, archivejewelry.com.
Hitting at midthigh, this gold-flecked tweed skirt has a filmy chiffon overlay.
To buy: $79.50, loft.com.
Links of gold-plated brass feature a clover trinket that’s, well, charming.
To buy: $70, privilegednyc.com.
Donna Karan Tights
These super-black tights don’t reveal a hint of skin.
To buy: $30, bloomingdales.com for stores.