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It’s almost finals week, which means most of campus will be staying up all night and trudging half asleep to class in sweatpants. But after that nightmare of a week is over, it’s winter break. No matter what holiday you celebrate, you’ll probably have a couple of festive gatherings to attend. As a girl who has no problem wearing sequins and sparkles year-round, I absolutely love that they become the go-to around the holidays. But I’m not going to recommend you go get a sequin dress for every party — whether you’re a fellow sparkle-lover or a dedicated jeans wearer, there are easy ways to make your already favorite pieces a little more festive (and, if you’re looking for an excuse to shop, it’s easy to find pieces to incorporate into your winter wardrobe).
If you’re not going somewhere too fancy, a nice pair of dark jeans is easy to dress up. Pick one or two items that you want to stand out. It could be a metallic or patterned peplum top with simple black heels, a black turtleneck, big, rhinestone statement necklace and an embellished clutch, or sparkly heels and a classic blazer.
When dress code is a step up from denim, I break out the big guns — the gold glitter. (Gold is a personal preference, more power to you if you also like silver.) A sequined or embellished skirt with a black top, black jacket and gold jewelry is just enough shine. If that’s too much, find black or matte sequins — you still get the glamour without the in-your-face sparkle. Other options: a sequin jacket or blazer with sparkle details can spice up your little black dress or a “Chanel-esque” tailored tweed jacket with jacquard pants will shine more subtly.
Now, let’s say you’re going for formal (my favorite). My first recommendation is a maxi skirt — incredibly comfortable and so much fun to wear. You can simply pair it with a top in the same color and a full arm of bracelets or a belt with a cool pattern or buckle. If you want to go the dress route, go for a short one with long sleeves in a bold color or abstract pattern.