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By: Alexis Schroeder

The holidays are a great time to unwrap your inner glamour.  Stand out in this winter’s glistening snow with color blocked shades of brilliant ruby, rich navy blue, and warm cranberry.  If you’re looking for more glitz and head-turning, without looking like you’re shinier than a Christmas tree, pair a sequined hem top with a killer ostrich feather silk-twill skirt by Milly.  Picking out the perfect outfit with just the right amount of glitz and glam for that long awaited holiday party may feel like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be.

This 2011 holiday season is all about effortless elegance, sophistication, and attitude.  Below are several holiday must-have wardrobe essentials that have inspired many of this season’s fabulously chic winter outfits.

This past summer, designers inundated us with color blocked patterns with fresh and modern cuts.  We loved this so much that we’re packing this look in our Santa bag.  Don’t be afraid of a splash of color.  I’m not saying you need to dive into the bright, hot pinks and exciting neon pants we saw strut down the runway during the steamy summer months, instead gravitate towards rich jewel tones and savory plum and blue hues.

Now, let’s discuss the shimmery, sequined top – the little black dress of the holiday season.  Don’t let this piece scare you away.  When matched with the right accessories and blazer this can be your staple garment of the winter.  If you’re striving for a longer tunic-like sequined shirt, keep the rest of your outfit simple.

 

Try pairing a sparkly tank with a black leather-accent blazer.  You’ll be looking sleek and edgy while making for some good eye candy at that annual holiday bash.

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