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Holiday party style guide: Non-dress options for the flexible fashionista

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It is that time of year again for fashionsitas to sparkle and shine. With holiday parties in full swing, what better way to stand out from the crowd than to avoid rocking the obvious?

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Dressing up without the dress can be difficult for some people, but choosing the right pants, skirts or tops does not have to be an ordeal. Go for looks that say festive holiday season without screaming disco ball. A simple pair of dressy blue or black jeans goes great with a top or jacket embellished with sequins, studs or any other sparkle details.

Individual pieces like pants or tops make it easier to recoup one’s fashion investment. These styles are versatile enough so that one can wear them throughout the holiday season and beyond. Sequins never go out of style and are always easy to pair with something chic and simple.

When it comes to choosing which pieces work, start with the occasion, and then determine how the outfit or parts of the outfit would work for everyday wear.

Accessories play a big role when skipping the sassy sequin mini dress look. Pair bold sparkly pieces with low key jeans and a sequin top, and small chic pieces for sequin/sparkly bottoms with solid tops and sparkly/sequined blazers/jackets.

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