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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.
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."
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.
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.
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.