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It’s holiday season which means you will be attending a lot of parties, and by “parties” I mean events that involve your coworkers and/or relatives as well as your friends. You need to look great, and you need to do it over and over. All you need is a classic cocktail dress and the right accessories and you can be ready for the office party, your family get together and a swanky New Years Eve bash. Click the style notes and learn how to accessorize your way to festive perfection. –– Laura Martin

Sparkly pin: You can add this to your pixie, use it to dress up a tousled updo, or cleverly disguise those bangs you’ve been growing out. The sparkles will distract from any imperfections in your styling and make every hairstyle look fancier.

Festive bow: If you like to keep things simple a ribbon is a great way to add a little something extra to your style without looking fussy. Tie ribbon at the base of a ponytail or use it to create a simple half up style. Either way you’ll look both festive and understated.

Sequined headband: Nothing is quite as celebratory as sequins, and an artfully placed headband is the perfect way to add some bling without looking gaudy. pair it with a loose braid, or use it to add some sparkle to a bun.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA

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