The holidays are upon us and that can only mean one thing: THE HOLIDAY PARTY! There is no denying we love sipping on champagne while chestnuts roast on an open fire as much as the next person. But rubbing elbows with your SO’s odd co-worker or witnessing your boss drunkenly sing “All I Want For Christmas” leaves something to be desired.

While you are certainly out to impress (and later tell your boss no one noticed her hot mess antics), it doesn’t mean you have to stick with the tried and true this year. Time to ditch the norm holiday attire and try these looks that are sure to make you stand out as the belle of the ball.

1. Ditch The Dress & Sparkle.

Who says you have to wear a dress? Stay comfy and completely adorable with these sequin leggings.

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2. Are You Tulle Cool For This Graceful Look?

Childhood dreams of becoming a ballerina? Perfect. Rock this look by pairing your tulle skirt with a pop of color on your tootsies and a tucked in fitted shirt. Also perfectly paired with traditional holiday colors, such as red or gold.

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3. Velvety Smooth Is The Way To Go.

Unexpected? Definitely. Which is exactly why wearing velvet is the way to go for your holiday party. Try a non-traditional color, such as a winter bright.

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4. Channel Your Inner Janelle Monae.

Edgy, cool, sophisticated, everything about this is sure to dazzle at your next holiday party.

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5. Jumpstart The New Year.

Jumpsuits are hot and so are you in this fresh holiday look. Pair with some killer heels, a sleek up-do, and share your fierceness with the world.

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