Kelly Bensimon: Holiday Dressing 101

Kelly Killoren Bensimon

Kelly Killoren Bensimon (Credit: Seth Sabel)

I love the holidays, but it can definitely be a time of sartorial stress. Well, have no fear: Here are some easy-breezy tips that'll take you from the office to a holiday fete in the blink of an eye.

Add a sequin blazer or skirt to any crisp white shirt, and you have a perfect holiday look. Personally, I love Haute Hippie skirts, and Forever 21 has fab embellished blazers.

Embrace the Navajo trend with a Ralph Lauren blanket shawl over a simple V-neck dress. Or, if you prefer another cool-weather staple, pair a fitted plaid shirt with a tight, velvet skirt and lots of long sterling-silver necklaces (I love Helen Ficalora's). You'll look like you just waltzed out of Mr. Lauren's ski house.

Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize! That simple red dress you wore to work with a black cashmere sweater can go full-on glam with wristfuls of costume jewelry. Lord & Taylor and Bloomingdale's have great selections, and I'm also liking Dani Stahl's edgy line for lia sophia.

From vests to shrunken boleros, fur and faux fur are both warm and sexy. To stand out, try pairing Marc Jacobs' white fox hat with a simple black dress, or Haute Hoodie's rabbit bolero over a basic tee.

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