1. Eye-catching jewelry is key. If there was ever a time to pile on an armful of bangles, wear a gigantic bib necklace, or pull out the cocktail ring that’s the size of a doorknob, it’s the holidays. Don’t be afraid to make a statement with your jewelry, just try to keep the rest of your look simple.
2. Try a bold, festive beauty look. Fans of a smokey eye, a bold red lip, or an intricate up-do, rejoice! We all know that these looks are certainly not appropriate for every day, so try something more directional and daring when the holidays roll around. We’re dying to experiment with bedazzled headbands, à la Blair Waldorf and Miu Miu Resort 2012!
4. Experiment with textures and layers. Simplicity should be left to another season – during the holidays, your look should be festive and interesting. Leather, lace, faux fur, or all-embellished-everything, give it a try!
5. Start off with some statement outerwear. Chances are it’ll be freezing outside when you head to your holiday soirées each evening, so a chic coat is a must have. It’s the first thing people see, and you can use it to pull your entire look together. Make sure that you find one that’s perfectly fitted – you can always take it to your friendly neighborhood tailor for some alterations – and if you want to step it up in the style department, try one with a fashion-forward silhouette or an interesting texture, like fur or embroidery. One last tip: You can make your overcoat stand out by embellishing it with a broach or cinching it with a belt!