12/03/2013 11:15 EST | Updated 11/28/2014 05:59 EST

Festive Fashions: Look Your Best This Holiday Season

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It’s not only the season to be jolly -- it’s the season to get dressed up with more glitter and flair! You need not spend a small fortune on your holiday wardrobe; a few key pieces and you’ll be all set for the holiday season. From the office party to the potluck with your neighbours, this guide to festive fashions will have you ready to enjoy the season in style.

Festive Fashions: Look Your Best This Holiday Season

Festive frocks

A pretty dress makes holiday fashion simple. It’s an outfit in itself; all you need to add are a few accessories to dress it up. Shop smart for one; if you want something you can wear past the holiday season, look for one in neutral colours and forgo the sequins and jewel tones. A dress in a fit and flare style is flattering for most body types, like this Mossimo Pattern Black Dress (available only at Target), will leave an unforgettable impression at social gatherings. (Psst -- it’ll also do wonders for your waist!)

Alternatively, one in a basic T-shirt shape, like this Mossimo Black Long Sleeve Shirt Dress, is something you can easily wear to a party by dressing it up with your choice of jewellery and handbag, and come January, wear it with a pair of tights and boots for work.

Cozy sweaters

With the temperatures dipping low in December, some warm sweaters to keep you cozy are an absolute must. A classic cashmere sweater may be a splurge, but take care of it and it’ll last you for years. Looking for another hot look? Try a chunky knit sweater. A DIY hand-knit one is great if you (or any of your loving friends/family members) are knitters, otherwise you can find loads of great versions in stores. Pair it with a pair of skinny jeans and riding boots for an easy winter outfit.

Hot handbags

Even though a clutch or small handbag may not be something you get to use every day, it’s worth buying; you will use it every time you have a special occasion. After all, how many times have you been getting ready for an event and thought “I should’ve just bought a clutch for the last wedding I attended”? A metallic-tone clutch is a fantastic choice as the shine makes it more festive, while also working well as a neutral accessory; it’ll go with whatever your party outfit is.

Sparkly jewellery

Take your outfits from everyday to holiday with the addition of a great pair of earrings or a statement necklace. Not that you’ll have to retire them after party season has concluded; the trend now is to wear sparkle anytime of the week, so go nuts!

Fine footwear

Unless you’re going to a black-tie affair, most holiday parties will call for wearing the same footwear you’ve worn all winter. A sleek pair of riding boots will be your go-to boot all winter long, and for the outfits that call for a heel, a sleek pair of ankle boots will work just as well with skirts and dresses as a pair of jeans or pants.