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Best Holiday Party Style Tips 2012

The 7 Holiday Party Staples Every Girl Should Have at the Ready

What's the easiest way to keep your holiday styling stress-free? Stick to the bare (but bold) necessities. When you think "festive fashion," chances are, you conjure up images of metallic party dresses, sequined tops, and velvet accents, and you would be right to think this way. But let's be real. It's not exactly budget-friendly to splurge on an entirely new wardrobe just for a four-week-long holiday party circuit stint. That's why we've outlined the seven staples that will, in effect, get you through the season effortlessly and with that aforementioned element of sparkle and shine. We know you've already got the basics — denim, a great black dress, a chunky cardigan — so these particular picks provide the punch-up needed to take even the most casual outfit from laid-back to luxe. Some are subtle (a sophisticated lace top, for example) and some not so much (a bejeweled satin clutch is certainly a louder choice): the main goal here is to equip you with the essential inspiration to conquer holiday dressing sans wardrobe overhaul. Click through to map out your staples strategy now.

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