Holiday Dressing: All That Glitters

Luxe velvet, dazzling sequins and gorgeous makeup will have you shining a little brighter this season.

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Swirl Power

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Nail a marble mani with Frances Liang’s easy tips. Apply two coats of white polish, like Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Well, Well, Well ($9). Then dab a few small splotches of medium gray enamel, such as Essie Nail Polish in Chinchilly ($9), on each nail. Using a thin nail art brush, drag the gray color to edges, creating veins of different thicknesses. Swipe on lines of charcoal gray—try OPI Infinite Shine Lacquer in Strong Coal-ition ($12.50)—with the same art brush to fill in some of the white spaces, and finish with topcoat. 

Dress, Who What Wear, $35. Ring, R.J. Graziano, $65. 

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Royal Treatment


Mix and match velvet pants and bombers with fitted, printed pieces for a modern-day reign.


Left: Top, a.n.a, $36. Pants, Madewell, $135. Earrings, Lulus, $13. Belt, Apt. 9, $30. Shoes, Nine West, $119. Right: Bomber, Sanctuary Clothing, $139. Top, Mossimo, $20. Skirt, Ann Taylor, $98. Earrings, Baublebar x Shay Mitchell, $38. Pin set (on bomber), Danielle Nicole, $36. Shoes, Steve Madden, $110. 


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Twinkle, Twinkle

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When sparkles are in the spotlight, stick with simple separates. Strappy metallic sandals are the perfect kickoff for any luminous outfit.

Left: Top, Zara, $40. Skirt, White House Black Market, $120. Earrings, Maison Miru, $49. Necklace, Traci Lynn Jewelry, $48. Shoes, Dune London, $115. Center: Dress, TFNC, $155. Shoes, Nina, $89. Right: Sweater, Talbots, $119. Pants, Chico’s, $99. Ring, Louise et Cie, $78. Shoes, Klub Nico, $150.


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Lacquer License

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Get glossy in two simple steps: Outline mouth with lip liner—we love L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner in Truly Burgundy ($8.50)—and fill in completely with liner, says makeup artist Viktorija Bowers. Swipe a clear gloss—like MAC Cosmetics Lipglass in Clear ($16)—on top. Clean up edges with the corner of a makeup sponge and concealer. 

Top, RD Style, $66. Earrings, R.J. Graziano, $55. Ring, 7 Charming Sisters, $36. 


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Trading Laces

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One-up basic black—lace can be bold and beautiful. Try a jewel tone top or multicolor frock for sheer fun.

Left: Top, Jennifer Lopez, $60. Skirt, Talbots, $149. Bracelet, Louise et Cie, $168. Ring, Sorrelli, $65. Right: Dress, Donna Morgan, $178. Necklaces, from top, MeMe London, $92, and Traci Lynn Jewelry, $42.