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The season of office fetes and Secret Santa is upon us, and there are a few things we know we can count on: cookies upon cookies upon cookies, Dave in marketing singing drunken karaoke and the inevitable pre-party wardrobe panic. We found five effortless party ensembles, so you can focus on what’s really important—gingerbread. 

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Velvet Wrap Dress

OK, we’ll get the obvious out of the way first: Nothing screams “festive” like a killer velvet frock and heels. And since it’s totally on trend, you won’t have to pack it away with the ornaments once the season is over.

Get the look: Urban Outfitters ($69); Nasty Gal ($78); Reformation ($278)

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Velvet Pantsuit

Two trends in one? Our holiday wish came true. For more casual gatherings, tone down the look with a vintage tee.

Get the look: Urban Outfitters tee ($39); Anine Bing blazer ($299); Frame pants ($375)

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Turtleneck + Sequined Skirt

Business on top, party down below. Seriously, though, it’s the perfect combo for looking dressed up but not too dressed up. 

Get the look: Splendid turtleneck ($58); Maison Jules skirt ($70); Alice + Olivia skirt ($295)

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One-Shoulder Top + Skinnies + Sparkly Flats

Not a full-on sparkle kinda gal? No problem: Liven up your usual all-black uniform with an asymmetrical blouse and metallic oxfords.

Get the look: Tularosa top ($140); BCBG pants ($178); Louise et Cie shoes ($140)

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Wide-Leg Jumpsuit

A mega-stylish guarantee that you won’t be wearing the same thing as anyone else at the party.

Get the look: COS ($150); Enza Costa ($363); Diane von Furstenberg ($498)

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