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5 Party Looks That Don't Include Sequins

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    Remember when a sequined dress was the unofficial uniform of the holidays? Luckily, those tiny reflective disks aren't the only way to show your enthusiasm. Today, practically anything goes. And even if you love a little sparkle (who doesn't?), we’re willing to bet you’re ready to sideline it for a few events, in favor of something less overplayed. For us, an invite to a party provides the ultimate excuse to go beyond our style comfort zones and give trends we wouldn’t typically try — or see on every other guest in the room — a go. Take an all-white ensemble for example: While it may not be the most practical choice for every day, rolling up to the dance floor in a frosty monochrome look is totally unexpected (and won't match the disco ball hanging above you).

    So, in the spirit of not sporting the same old thing, we turned to LabNo25 to ID fresh ways to wear holiday trends that will help you stand out from the masses. From frilly socks to attention-grabbing gold lamé, the five alternative party outfits ahead are proof that you can still shine without sequins.

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    Party Socks
    Introducing the newest way to one-up your party shoes: Party socks. Opt for a pair in a playful color with ruffle detailing, and make sure to show them off with open-toe heels and a knee-grazing dress.

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    Slip Dresses
    The slinky slip dress has been the hero in our wardrobe all year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give it new life. Add an element of surprise with a lace bustier underneath, and toss in an embroidered bomber over your shoulders to kick the winter chill.

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    Frosty Monochrome
    We hereby declare the no-white-after-Labor-Day rule dead. Channel ice queen vibes with a sheer lace blouse, wide-legged trousers, statement heels, and flashy earrings.

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    Gold Metallics
    Let’s be real — shiny pieces are a given this time of year, and it's okay to embrace them. To keep your look from being too over-the-top, add a layer like this classic tux-inspired jumpsuit and pair with kitten heels and polished accents.

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    Velvet
    Skip the obvious velvet dress and opt for booties in the festive fabric. To make sure your feet are the focal point, tuck silk-lined leggings into the bold boots and finish with subtle staples.