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4 Holiday Outfits That Are Festive But Not Over-The-Top

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    Getting all glammed up for the holidays simply isn't what it used to be. Namely because as a kid, throwing on a tacky sweater plus as many twinkly, ornament-inspired accessories as possible was the obvious choice. But now that we're older and a bit more sophisticated (at least attempting to be), we want our holiday look to feel festive but not over-the-top. And considering it's one of the only times of year to get away with wearing sparkle, it's hard to find that magic balance between disco ball and blasé.

    That's why we tapped celebrity stylist Micaela Erlanger for her expertise on the grown-up way to wear all that glitters during the holidays. By fusing Banana Republic's no-fuss and glitzy pieces (think: oversized turtlenecks and sequined skirts), she proves dressing for the party season as an adult can be just as a fun as it was in pre-K, only this time it's with a little more self-control. Get Erlanger's secrets ahead, and don't worry: Both your inner kid and outer adult will be sartorially satisfied.


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    Treat a shimmery bottom like your go-to skinnies.
    We'll admit that anything with allover shimmer can be a bit intimidating, but even the flashiest style can be as wearable as your fave jeans. Just think of your sequin-encrusted piece, like Erlanger's pencil skirt, as a fancier substitute for denim by pairing it with an always-cool leather jacket, a soft white tee, and simple black pumps.

    Monrow tee; Saint Laurent jacket; Manolo Blahnik shoes; Dior earrings; AUrate, Catbird, and Ariel Gordon rings.

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    Tone it down with clashing textures.
    Still nervous about flaunting that much sparkle? Add a chunky accessory, like this totally touchable scarf, to take your festive look down a notch without turning into Scrooge on the spot. For Erlanger, "It's all about the balance between hard and soft."

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    Balance shine with all-black everything.
    Layer a metallic piece, like this perfectly tailored blazer, over a sleek all-black outfit — it'll read festive without a spot of traditional holiday hues. Erlanger plays up the no-fuss look with a jogging-style pant in velvet — a fabric that's equal parts comfortable and in-tune with the season.

    Sandro top, Theory pants, Moschino shoes.

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    Don't underestimate the details.
    If a shiny silhouette isn't your style, think small: "Especially during the holidays, you can use accessories in a fun and playful way to make your look more festive, whether it’s a clutch, sparkly earrings, or some gorgeous stacking rings layered across your fingers — those are all beautiful ways to punctuate your look or add a small surprise," says Erlanger.

    Judith Leiber clutch, Dannijo earrings, AUrate ring and bracelet.

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    Go for the "groutfit."
    Head-to-toe gray might not seem like the most adventurous outfit idea, but sticking with one neutral shade lets you play with a variety of fun textures (and blends perfectly with silvery hues). Plus, the pared-down palette allows you to get away with cozier pieces that look more sophisticated when worn in the same color. Erlanger achieves this by pairing a casual gray turtleneck and ripped skinnies with shiny silver heels — topping it off with a punchy reflective piece. If gray isn't your color, try monochrome in a palette that suits you.

    Hudson jeans, Vera Wang clutch, Brian Atwood shoes.