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The end of the year comes with lots of excitement as well as lots of problems to tackle: Where did I put the good snow shovel? What am I going to get Dad for Christmas? How will we keep the kids entertained all of winter break?! But there is one issue we can absolutely help with: holiday party attire.

And with searches for “New Year’s Eve outfits” up a whopping 1,440 percent on Pinterest, we’d say there are probably quite a few of you who would appreciate some fresh ideas. Here are the top five holiday looks folks are searching for on Pinterest, plus tips on how to wear them in real life.

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1. A SHORT BLACK SEQUIN DRESS

Sequins and holiday parties are like Mary-Kate and Ashley—they just go together. Make it a little black sequined dress and you’ve got an instant classic, which is why we weren’t all that surprised to see that searches for this term were up by 274 percent on Pinterest. Here are three favorites of this trending style.

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Nordstrom

$: Halogen Sleeveless Sequin A-Line Dress

This mini is all set and ready for a spin on the dance floor (seriously, the swing silhouette looks even better moving than it does standing still) and is flattering on a variety of body types. Keep things simple with some strappy black heels and minimal jewelry, or go all in on the shimmer effect by wearing embellished heels and crystal statement earrings.

Buy it ($99)

Available in sizes XS to L

Anthropologie

$$: Anthropologie Starling Sequined Tunic

This flowy tunic dress actually combines two of our go-to winter textiles: sequins and velvet. The satin and velvet belt is adjustable so you can switch it up with a professional-level bow in the back or a casual knot in the front. Or you can remove it altogether for a loose T-shirt dress vibe.

Buy it ($170)

Available in sizes XXS to 3X

Shopbop

$$$: Rebecca Minkoff Hailey Dress

We love this dress for its unexpected combination of glamour and easy, everyday appeal. We probably (read: definitely) already own one or two summer dresses in the same breezy silhouette, so why not add a twinkling sequined version to our arsenal? Go bold with your jewelry, shoes and accessories to offset any casual vibes and make this a truly standout holiday frock.

Buy it ($228)

Available in sizes XXS to L

 

2. PUFF SLEEVES

The second most searched for party style is big and bold and brings us back to the good old days, aka the ’80s. Puffed-up statement sleeves are back and better than you remember (we promise). Think more milkmaid, less Working Girl shoulder pads. Not quite picturing it? Here are some of our picks.

Nordstrom

$: Vero Moda Puff Sleeve Top

Update your go-to winter blouse with this trendy statement-sleeve rendition. The black-and-white checks are ever so slightly sheer, so you might want to wear it over a silky black camisole, or, if you’re feeling bold, you can just strap on a lace-lined bra.

Buy it ($59)

Available in sizes XS to XL

shopbop

$$: Nice Martin Logan Blouse

Swap your usual white button-up for one with a bit more dramatic flare. This cutie will stay in style year-round, but for the holidays we suggest pairing it with a satin slip skirt and lots of glittering jewelry.

Buy it ($120)

Available in sizes XS to XL

Rebecca Taylor

$$$: Rebecca Taylor Ribbon Lurex Jacquard Top

The metallic threads and understated shine of this gorgeous blouse are excellent for those who aren’t super into the bold shine of typical sequins or crystals but still want something that feels festive. You can even wear it again, with a pair of jeans and some easy kitten heels, for dinner with friends.

Buy it ($495)

Available in sizes 00 to 16

 

3. A SILK DRESS

There are few items of clothing more comfortable to wear than a flowing silk slip dress. However, it isn’t always easy to figure out how to make it look like a dress meant to be worn in public and not just an undergarment mishap. So it’s no wonder people are searching for ideas on how to make them work for the holiday party circuit.

Lulus

$: Lulus Calla Love Champagne Jacquard Satin Slip Dress

One of the best ways to ensure your silk frock doesn’t look like an actual slip is to choose one with an interesting texture or embossed pattern. Add a matching structured jacket, like a leather moto or blazer, to emphasize that this dress was made to party (not to sleep in).

Buy it ($54)

Available in sizes XS to XL

Anthropologie

$$: Anthropologie Bias Slip Dress

The cowl neck and seam under the bust give this dress a more elegant silhouette than many other straight-cut slips. And while you’ll never go wrong with classic black pumps or strappy heels, we’re kind of obsessed with the idea of wearing some tall snake-print boots and a cropped black jacket for a rock ’n’ roll vibe.

Buy it ($120)

Available in sizes XXS to XL

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$$$: SILK LAUNDRY ’90S SILK SLIP DRESS CORAL

’Tis the season for metallic frocks and LBDs, but that doesn’t mean you have to shy away from color. Even typically warm-weather hues like bright coral or sunflower yellow look seasonally appropriate when they have some sheen or shimmer to them. Break from the pack even more by adding stark white shoes in place of your usual black pumps.

Buy it ($265)

Available in sizes XS to XL

 

4. A SHORT VELVET DRESS

We love velvet for how comfortable yet fancy it feels. But sometimes lots of velvet just reads “Grandma’s parlor couch.” That’s why a short velvet dress is probably your best bet (as the masses searching Pinterest would seemingly agree).

Target

$: Wild Fable Long Sleeve V-Neck Wrap Mini Dress

This charcoal gray color looks incredibly luxurious and has many of the same figure-flattering qualities as black without feeling nearly as moody. Plus, silver and gray is a particularly good sartorial match, meaning you can (and should) go ahead and pile on all the silver accessories you own.

Buy it ($28)

Available in sizes XS to XXL, and also from 1X to 4X

Revolve

$$: The JetSet Diaries Lash Out Mini Dress

Ah, the magical smoothing effects of ruched fabric. A wrap top combined with ruching at the waist and hips gives the illusion of an itty-bitty waist and reduces the appearance of any love-handle bumps or lumps you’d rather not draw attention to.

Buy it ($172)

Available in sizes XS to L

Reformation

$$$: Reformation Boheme Dress

Long balloon sleeves help balance out the va-va-voom sex appeal of a short dress with a low neckline. If you’re looking for a way to make this mini feel a bit more modest (Aunt Fenny would never approve of that hemline), try wearing it with some over-the-knee boots and tights that are just the tiniest bit sheer.

Buy it ($278)

Available in sizes XS to XL

 

5. BLACK-AND-WHITE OUTFITS

Black and white has always been a classic and impossibly chic color combo, but we have a sneaking suspicion those photos of Emma Stone as the new Cruella de Vil might be giving this pairing a *moment.* Best of all, you likely already own a few black pieces or white pieces you can mix and match to create your own version of the trend that feels 100 percent you. But here’s some more inspo, just in case.

ASOS

$: River Island Knitted Zip-Through Dress

Play up the mod ’60s feel of this midi with some stark white booties and a voluminous updo, or give it a 2020 makeover and try heeled mules and coordinating white pearl jewelry.

Buy it ($60)

Available in sizes 2 to 14

Anthropologie

$$: Michael Stars Textured Turtleneck Sweater and Ro & De Leora Colorblocked Bias Midi Skirt

One of the easiest ways to tackle the mixed-print trend is to simply choose one pattern. Mix large stripes with small ones or diagonal with horizontal to find a look that works for you.

Buy the sweater ($198)

Available in sizes XS to L 

Buy the skirt ($118)

Available in sizes XS to XL

Marimekko

$$$: Marimekko Aihe Harha Dress

Eliminate any complications associated with layering your black-and-white clothing by opting for one piece that does all the work for you. Search for dresses or jumpsuits that incorporate more than one pattern for a super-easy, fashion-forward look.

Buy it ($295)

Available in sizes XS to XXL

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