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Three easy ways to dress up your wardrobe for the holidays



Layernecklace It's nice to feel loved this time of year, but all those invites to holiday parties can be stressful. What will you wear?!?! 

Here are some tips for dressing up what's already in your closet:

The hoity-toity party:

Lucky you, scoring an invite from someone not afraid to throw a ritzy bash in this economy. Start with the LBD (little black dress) in your closet. Add a sequin shrug and/or metallic shoes with a matching clutch. Finish with as much sparkle as you can pile on your wrists and neck.

The dinner party:

You want to dress up, not overdress. Grab a satin or silk top -- simple lines are a sure bet. Pair with a black skirt or slacks. Layer on as many pearls (long and short) as you have in your jewelry box, and maybe a gold or silver chain too. Twist for maximum effect. Scared to mix and match? Consider a small investment in a multi-strand statement necklace, they're everywhere now.

Clutch The tea/cookie exchange/potluck:

You want to be sociable, not scare people with your ugly Christmas sweater. Keep it simple with a festive top -- a red sweater, perhaps. Layer on a pretty scarf and perhaps a holiday-themed pin, which is a nice alternative to Mr. Snowman on your chest. Jeans are appropriate for a potluck, but go with pants for a tea or brunch. The queen would thank you.

Deal Diva Letitia

(Photos: Mix and layer your own necklaces to get the look of this Kenneth Jay Lane mutli-chain neckclace, $175 at Macy's. Dress up any outfit with this gold mesh clutch, $34 at Macy's.)

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:22pm]


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