Holiday Haute List

The top 10 style rules to break this holiday party season. Plus festive holiday looks to help make party outfits a breeze.


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Rule: Velvet Is Old-School

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Break it: Forget your grandma’s velvet. Let loose in a cool jewel-tone jumpsuit.


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Rules: Holiday Sweaters Are Cheesy & Frocks Are Required

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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

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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:


  1. Rimmel London Magnif’Eyes Eye Contouring Palette in Keep Calm & Wear Gold, drugstores, $8
  2. NYX Professional Makeup Baked Shadow in Ambrosia, nyxcosmetics.com, $6
  3. Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Extreme Shimmer Shadow & Liner in Gold Nude, drugstores, $12
  4. Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine in Naples, milanicosmetics.com, $11
  5. E.l.f. Cosmetics Prism Eyeshadow, elfcosmetics.com, $10
  6. Ardell Beauty Sensual Eyeshadow Palette in Let's Live, sallybeauty.com, $13
  7. L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Metallics in Aluminum Foil, drugstores, $9

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Rule: Blazers Are Strictly 9 to 5

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Break it: Get the party started with a bold jacket. Take it down a notch by pairing with jeans.


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White House Black Market, whbm.com, $160


 


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Rule: Don't Be Too Matchy-Matchy

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Break it: Coordinating your mani and clutch is a fun, fresh idea. Look for similar or complementary colors.


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Clutch: lulus.com, $31. Pair with Essie Gel Couture in Gold Gilding, essie.com, $11.50 (not pictured).


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Rule: It's Not a Party Without Sequins and Sparkles

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Break it: Lose the bling—twist and shout in this fringy number instead.


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Rules: You Have to Be Super Edgy to Wear Dark Lipstick & When It Comes to Necklaces, Bigger Is Always Better

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Break the lipstick rule: Don’t be intimidated by deep red and purple hues—they are universally flattering.


Three easy-to-wear lipstick options:


  1. Wander Beauty Lipsetter Dual Lipstick & Liner in Bold in Beijing, wanderbeauty.com, $28
  2. Mary Kay Gel Semi-Shine Lipstick in Apple Berry, marykay.com, $18
  3. 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

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Break it: Luxe details and high shine on fancy flats make for happy—and comfy—feet.


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Jewel Badgley Mischka, dsw.com, $60


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Velvet Faux Wrap Dress

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Maggy London, nordstrom.com, $128


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Metallic Polka Dot Tulle Midi Dress

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Adrianna Papell Dress, adriannapapell.com, $269


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Luella Cigarette Pant

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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.


Shop:


For Love and Lemons, forloveandlemons.com, $185


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Plaid Ruffle Mini Skirt in Double-Serge Wool

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J.Crew, jcrew.com, $118


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Allison Navy Bodysuit

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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.


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Cami NYC, caminyc.com, $218


 


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Adona Velvet Ornament Detail Pumps

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Shop:


Karl Lagerfeld Paris, dillards.com, $149


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Adalric Tank

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This silk cami pairs perfectly with a blazer and trousers to transition from work to your holiday festivities.


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Babaton, aritzia.com, $68


 


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KELLY Pearl Stud Cross Body Bag

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This handsfree studded bag allows you to sip and dance all season long.


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Topshop, topshop.com, $50


 


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Convertible Crossbody Pouch

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G.I.L.I., qvc.com, $89


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Leo Velvet Envelope Clutch

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Rebecca Minkoff, nordstrom.com, $95


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MARIA flats

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These menswear inspired flats add a little sparkle to your holiday outfits without killing your feet.


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Isola, isolashoes.com, $109.95


 


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Hazel Pointy Toe Pump

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Sam Edelman, nordstrom.com, $119.95


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Adona Velvet Ornament Detail Pumps

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Karl Lagerfeld Paris, dillards.com, $149


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Georgia Bootie

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Steve Madden, stevemadden.com, $149.95


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TInsley Tassel Earrings

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Statement earrings can complete any look. Pop your look with a festive tassel earring.


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Baublebar, baublebar.com, $38


 


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Prisma Chandeliers

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Rebecca Minkoff x Stella& Dot, stelladot.com, $59