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Be a Show Stopper
Steal the spotlight in a slinky jumpsuit that streamlines your shape. Throw on a faux-fur stole for texture and loads of luxe.
Beauty Tip: Bold red lips add oomph to any outfit. Blue undertones make teeth appear whiter—Victoria's Secret lipstick in Show Stopper works for everyone.
Jumpsuit, Trina Turk, $298. Lamb Shrug, Talbots, $299. Earrings, Topshop, $18. Gloves, Cire, $100. Bracelet, R.J. Graziano, $85. Clutch, Zara, $90. Heels, Avon, $45. Sash, Stylist's own.
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Living On The Edge
Be a flirt in a knockout feather skirt. A bold pop of color in electric blue says you're ready to play. Top it off with a silky black jacket that hits at the waist. For a kick, try mile-high, ankle-strap heels.
Beauty Tip: A sultry smoky eye complements the rich textures of this look. Line top and bottom lash lines with a black kohl liner, like Sephora's Smoky Kohl Eyeliner, for added edginess.
On Him: Jacket, French Connection, $468. Sweater, H&M, $40. Pants, Levi's, $58. On Her: Jacket, H&M, $40. Skirt, Zara, $129. Necklace, R.J. Graziano, $125. Heels, Nine West, $89.
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Made in the right shade of red—with ruffles and flowers for an unforgettable look. Add a basic black pant, skirt or leggings and be merrily on your way.
Beauty Tip: The Beehive-style bouffant is back, with a modern twist. Apply a volumizing spray, flip head over and blow-dry upside down to add texture and body. Spritz a medium-hold spray all over and lightly tease at the roots. Create a deep side part. Using a brush, gently smooth strands over to other side. Twist hair up and secure with bobby pins at the base.
Shirt, White House Black Market, $78. Flower clips, Forever 21, $3.
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Opposites attract—nothing is more stylish than the two of you decked out in tuxedos. We like him in jet black but you'll own the night in all-out white. The relaxed jacket over long, lean pants looks elegant on pretty much everyone.
On Him: Jacket and pants, J. Ferrar by JCPenney, $90 and $40. Shirt, Express, $60. Bowtie, Trina Turk, $58. On Her: Jacket and pants, White House Black Market, $168 and $88. Earrings, Topshop, $28. Clutch, Aldo, $40. Heels, Talbots, $249.
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Draped In Luxury
Draw attention in this sleek LBD. It's very cape-able of getting you noticed. Pair with shimmery tights and sexy heels or boots, depending on where the night takes you.
Dress, Zara, $159. Tights, Emilio Cavallini, $38. Earrings, Sequin, $38. Cuff, Topshop, $25. Heels, Zara, $129.
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Dress up in one dramatic jewel-tone like purple. This awesome gown has ruching on top for fullness, and waist-down vertical pleats that create a super-slim profile. Don a foxy faux fur to match and let the fun unfold.
Beauty Tip: Try an updated take on retro finger waves—looser but just as chic. Apply mousse onto damp strands and blow-dry using a boar-bristle brush to create a sleek, smooth foundation. Separate into small sections and wrap each around 1-1/4-inch curling iron, from halfway down hair to ends. Twirl up, pin curl in place and spray with a thermal setting spray. Finally, remove clips and gently brush through to slightly break up waves for a modified "S" shape.
On Her: Dress, Lauren by Ralph Lauren Evening Collection, $240. Faux Fur Coat, A by Adrienne Landau, $179. Earrings, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, $36. Bracelet, R.J. Graziano, $115. On Him: Shirt, Express, $60. Jacket, J. Ferrar by JCPenney, $90. Tie, Express, $40.
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The Perfect Couple
Mix it up for a fresh party look. Pair a black mock turtle with a hot pink maxi skirt—and see what happens.
Beauty Tip: A little highlighter goes a long way for pretty, dewy skin. Apply a cream formula—we love Nars Illuminator in Copacabana—below brow bone, above Cupid's bow on lip, and in inner corners of eyes.
Top and skirt, Talbots, $70 and $179. Clutch, Bebe, $69. Bracelet, R.J. Graziano, $125.
Originally published in the December 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine.
This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings and styles are subject to change.