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Holiday Style = sparkles and sparkles, with restraint

December 28, 2011


Casual elegance should be at the top of your fashion to-do list for 2012, and there’s no reason you can get a jump on that resolution for New Years Eve.

I love sequins and shiny things as much as the next girl (possibly even a little more, but this isn’t about my penchant for sparkles), but there’s a fine, fine line between chic and tragic.

So how does one assemble a festive New Year’s Eve outfit without looking like they’re the only survivor from a glitter factory explosion? One word: restraint.

Lauren Santo Domingo

Take a cue from Moda Operandi co-founder and Vogue contributing editor Lauren Santo Domingo and temper shine with structure as you ring in the new year. LSD and her fellow tastemakers on WhoWhatWear’s holiday styling slide show have mastered the art of effortless, glamourous chic.

Following a few simple rules (and of course, incorporating Goodwill finds where ever you can) will ensure NYE success:

  • Either or not all: If you wear sequins or beading, tone down the rest of your look, including jewelry, handbag and shoes. A sequined mini dress makes a big, shiny statement, so pair with stud earrings, simple heels and a plain clutch.
  • Small and big together: Balance is key. If you’re going with a fabulous fur vest, pair it with a slim skirt or skinny pants. Voluminous on top should go with tailored on the bottom, or vice versa.
  • No matchy-matchy: The earrings don’t need to match the necklace that matches the bracelet that matches the shoes. Really. Be a rebel! Mix and match accessories to add texture to your look.

– Rachel Sutherland

How will you celebrate New Year’s Eve?

photo courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency via

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