'Tis the season for making an entrance. But how do you know if you’re making the right one? (You want to sparkle, not drown in sequins.) Here, we present five holiday looks that are sure to make a splash, no matter what events you’ve got penciled into your social calendar.

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Lace Dress + Classic Pumps + Top-Handle Bag

The ultimate in feminine chic, the lace dress is a shoe-in when it comes to dressing for the Waldorf’s annual holiday bash. But to ensure that your frock will stand out from the rest, be bold and go sleeveless (a faux fur scarf or wrap will keep you warm). Then add simple accessories like a pair of stilettos and a black handbag.

Standout Holiday Looks  2
Harper’s Bazaar

Red Frock + Red Heels + Red Cross-body

If you’re going to wear candy-cane red, why not do it from head to toe? The best way to pull off this look is with clean silhouettes. Think: a flirty drop-waist dress, strappy pumps and a structural cross-body bag.

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Sequined Joggers + Button-Down + Military Jacket

Really, anything shiny wins this time of year. Temper the rest of your outfit with a white blouse, military jacket and minimal heels. OK, then throw on a beanie for good measure.

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Blazer + Trousers + White T-Shirt

Busy ladies, hear this: A chic tuxedo means you’ll be ready in 7-minutes flat. It can make you feel beautiful without being totally over-the-top. And best of all, it gives you a place to put your hands (huzzah, pockets!).

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Metallic Skirt + Sweatshirt + Statement Clutch

Wearing a skirt that resembles a disco ball might seem jarring at first, but when teamed with the right supporting elements it can actually look quite relaxed. We love the juxtaposition of a slouchy sweatshirt and sky-high heels.

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