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Rule: Velvet Is Old-School
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Rules: Holiday Sweaters Are Cheesy & Frocks Are Required
Break the sweater rule: For a bit of glitz, try a winter-white knit with beaded sleeves.
Break the dress rule: Turn up your trouser game with a celebratory champagne flute print.
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Rule: If You're Going to Wear Metallic Makeup, Go With Gold
Break it: Shimmery shadows are not one color fits all. Try gunmetal, bronze, copper or rose gold for a twist on traditional.
Shop these shades:
- Rimmel London Magnif’Eyes Eye Contouring Palette in Keep Calm & Wear Gold, drugstores, $8
- NYX Professional Makeup Baked Shadow in Ambrosia, nyxcosmetics.com, $6
- Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Extreme Shimmer Shadow & Liner in Gold Nude, drugstores, $12
- Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine in Naples, milanicosmetics.com, $11
- E.l.f. Cosmetics Prism Eyeshadow, elfcosmetics.com, $10
- Ardell Beauty Sensual Eyeshadow Palette in Let's Live, sallybeauty.com, $13
- L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Metallics in Aluminum Foil, drugstores, $9
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Rule: Blazers Are Strictly 9 to 5
Break it: Get the party started with a bold jacket. Take it down a notch by pairing with jeans.
White House Black Market, whbm.com, $160
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Rule: Don't Be Too Matchy-Matchy
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Rule: It's Not a Party Without Sequins and Sparkles
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Rules: You Have to Be Super Edgy to Wear Dark Lipstick & When It Comes to Necklaces, Bigger Is Always Better
Break the lipstick rule: Don’t be intimidated by deep red and purple hues—they are universally flattering.
Three easy-to-wear lipstick options:
- Wander Beauty Lipsetter Dual Lipstick & Liner in Bold in Beijing, wanderbeauty.com, $28
- Mary Kay Gel Semi-Shine Lipstick in Apple Berry, marykay.com, $18
- Maybelline New York Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds in Dynamite Red, drugstores, $7.50
Break the necklace rule: A delicate, layered look is simple yet chic. Mix textures and metals to make things interesting.
Tip: “Space necklaces 1 to 2 inches apart to avoid tangling.”
—Michelle Bar, founder and creative director of Barbela Design
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Rule: It's High Heels or Bust for the Dance Floor
Break it: Luxe details and high shine on fancy flats make for happy—and comfy—feet.
Shop this shoe:
Jewel Badgley Mischka, dsw.com, $60
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Velvet Faux Wrap Dress
Maggy London, nordstrom.com, $128
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Metallic Polka Dot Tulle Midi Dress
Adrianna Papell Dress, adriannapapell.com, $269
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Luella Cigarette Pant
These party pants have the perfect hint of sheen. Dress them up with a silk blouse and pumps or dress it down with a cozy sweater and loafers.
For Love and Lemons, forloveandlemons.com, $185
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Plaid Ruffle Mini Skirt in Double-Serge Wool
J.Crew, jcrew.com, $118
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Allison Navy Bodysuit
Try this bodysuit with a pair of high waisted jeans and booties for a sleek and sexy look. Pair with statement earrings to keep the neckline clean.
Cami NYC, caminyc.com, $218
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Adona Velvet Ornament Detail Pumps
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This silk cami pairs perfectly with a blazer and trousers to transition from work to your holiday festivities.
Babaton, aritzia.com, $68
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KELLY Pearl Stud Cross Body Bag
This handsfree studded bag allows you to sip and dance all season long.
Topshop, topshop.com, $50
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Convertible Crossbody Pouch
G.I.L.I., qvc.com, $89
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Leo Velvet Envelope Clutch
Rebecca Minkoff, nordstrom.com, $95
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These menswear inspired flats add a little sparkle to your holiday outfits without killing your feet.
Isola, isolashoes.com, $109.95
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Hazel Pointy Toe Pump
Sam Edelman, nordstrom.com, $119.95
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Adona Velvet Ornament Detail Pumps
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Steve Madden, stevemadden.com, $149.95
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TInsley Tassel Earrings
Statement earrings can complete any look. Pop your look with a festive tassel earring.
Baublebar, baublebar.com, $38
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Rebecca Minkoff x Stella& Dot, stelladot.com, $59