O come, all ye fashionable

As the invitations roll in this holiday season, you're probably staring into your closet hoping holiday-appropriate outfits will throw themselves on your bed.

It may not be that easy to pull off festive ensembles, but you can put together a variety of looks with minimal effort by using these simple tips (an added bonus: most pieces shown here are under $100!).

1. Adorn Your LBD

Your favorite little black dress can be a show-stopper by adding some eye-catching adornments. This velvet number by Dorothy Perkins ($50) can be jazzed up with an Isabella Oliver wrap belt ($72), funky shoes by Doll House ($64), emerald earrings by Fantasy Jewelry Box ($50) and a sparkly clutch from TopShop ($74). This feather headband from Girl Props ($8.99) adds just the right amount of sass, while staying holiday-appropriate.

Pick one statement piece, and keep the glitz to a minimum.

2. Love Your Leggings

Love them or loathe them, leggings are everywhere this fall and winter. Try a subtle departure from the typical black this holiday by donning a different hue, like these navy leggings from Brown's Fashion ($91). This simple Clu tank ($97) is perfect under Splendid's long jersey turtleneck top ($50) and, together, they add just the right amount of coverage. These Cocoeve glitter pumps ($88) say, "celebrate!" and elevate leggings to holiday-appropriate status.

Finally, grab a long necklace, perhaps Cara's($58), and a unique ring like this one by Coach ($78) to pull the whole outfit together.

3. Sweater Weather

A solid-colored sweater dress, like this one by ModCloth ($50), can be a valuable asset during the holiday season. Throw a long-sleeved tee underneath for warmth (Splendid tees like this one, $68, are nice and light) and grab some booties, like these from Rocawear($90), or your favorite tall boots if your dress hits at or above the knee. A large cuff bracelet adds color and interest. Zentosa's rose bracelet ($81) is a great attention grabber.

Make sure the focus remains on the cuff by adding a simple but stylish clutch, like this one from TopShop ($66), and subtle pave studs by Nadri ($58).

4. Unexpected Print

Holiday attire does not have to be green, red, and metallic. A great print can work equally as well, provided you add the right touches. This Arden B dress ($78) features an Ikat print that you wouldn't typically associate with holiday. But, add some shiny patent, like these great Jeffrey Campbell flats ($63) and a French Connection clutch ($74), and you are ready to party, holiday style.

A pop of yellow from a cardigan like this one from American Eagle ($30) will make you stand out in a sea of green, red, and gold.

5. Pencil It In

A pencil skirt is a classic silhouette that goes from office to cocktails to seasonal shin-dig. Here, Betty Jackson's version ($63) is paired with a simple long-sleeved t-shirt from American Vinta ($74) and a knitted cap-sleeve sweater by TopShop ($58). A metallic belt, like TopShop's ($58), adds a touch of sophistication, while an adorable peacock hairclip by Zads ($19) offers some whimsy.

Minimal accessories, these gold hoops are by Melinda Maria ($115), and an unexpected shoe (these are green croco patent by Paris Hilton, ($93) make this outfit a party go-to.

Article excerpted from sheknows.com
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