What To Wear At Your Holiday Party

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Getting all dolled up for the holidays? Choosing the perfect outfit can be pretty tricky when everyone’s headed to your house to celebrate! We asked Michelle Williamson, Style Editor for New York Girl Style, to give us some handy tips for every occasion.

Drink and Be Merry: Metallic hues and bold colors are perfect for a cocktail party. Many women opt for a short dress, but don't be afraid to shake it up with chic separates, too. Try a shimmery top or a sparkly blazer paired with slim-fitting black pants. And don't forget to make a statement with your accessories – think sexy pumps, costume jewelry, and lots of rhinestones. If you want to add an extra layer, try a blazer or a tuxedo jacket with a slick finish (to avoid feeling office-y), but leave unbuttoned for an effortless feel. 

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Forever 21 Puffed Sleeve Paillette Top, $15.80

Festive Feasting: If you're cooking, go the more sensible route - nothing poufy or flowy. Opt for substantial fabrics and garments that will allow for optimal movement. While darting around the kitchen, a cropped trouser will keep you from getting tripped up, and the printed versions out there make for festive attire. Pair with a top in a very fine gauge knit and a stylish pair of flats. Another option is tucking a collared shirt into your favorite knee-length full skirt. Keep this outfit from looking too casual by going for a print, or a fabric with a rich color tone or slight sheen. Pair this look with a slim belt and some kitten heels to really wow your guests! A stylish apron is a must in case you're still in action when your guests arrive – look for cute shapes in full or half lengths.

Repetto Flora Leather Ballet Flats, $206.50; Anthropologie Fiammetta Apron, $32

All In The Family: If there will be family members young and old at your holiday party, err on the side of slightly more conservative, but don't lose your festive spirit! Try a brocade dress with a knee to mid-thigh length skirt that has a lot of movement, or a lace dress with mid-length sleeves in a rich color palette. For more coverage, add a pair of opaque tights. Velvet touches are also a nice element to add to a holiday look. A chic velvet blazer or a pair of velvet heels/flats can really dress up a look, but wear sparingly; one velvet article per outfit!

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J. Crew Schoolboy Blazer in Velvet, $178

Ring In The New Year: New Year's Eve means it’s time to kick the glitz into high gear. Beading, metallics, sequins, rhinestones, and sparkly fabrics are all fair game. It's best to keep the statement fabrics limited to one garment per outfit to avoid going overboard (i.e., don't wear a sequined top and skirt. Choose one or the other.) Cocktail dresses are the norm. If you’re planning on wearing black, choose a fun silhouette (like a peplum dress or skirt) and add statement jewelry or bold lipstick. New Year's Eve is THE most appropriate night for glittery footwear, so don't be shy. Stiletto heels are a sexy shoe choice - if you can handle wearing them all night. For comfort, consider wedges or heels with a platform sole. To avoid ending up barefoot halfway through the night, prep the soles of your shoes with a pair of cushioned inserts, and you’re ready to dance the night away!

Ella Moss Emily Peplum Dress, $198

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Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Michelle Williamson is a freelance fashion stylist and fashion writer in Los Angeles. She is the Style Editor for New York Girl Style media network, West Coast, covering fashion, style, celebrity style, and trends, as well as the site's Style Obession and Look of the Week content channels.  A passionate believer in the freedom of self expression, Michelle is dedicated to exploring the depths of her creativity through art and design, most recently assisting on Celebrity Stylist Cher Coulter's collaboration with AG Jeans in Los Angeles.

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