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Holiday party dressing doesn't always mean a sea of sequin. The new evening watches are dazzling in their own right. Chanel Mademoiselle Privé, $39,950, (800) 550-0005. Rag & Bone sweater, $495, rag-bone.com. Calvin Klein Collection pants, $1,395, (212) 292-9000. Photo: Charlie Engman)

Evening Wear's Quiet Splendor

When dressing for the holiday party season, there’s a festive elegance to clothes that sparkle in the light but don’t outshine their wearer. Chanel hand-beaded dress, $75,700, (800) 550-0005. Prada shoes, price on request, (212) 334-8888. (Photo: Julia Hetta. Styled by Malina Joseph Gilchrist)

Fashion’s Romance With Red

Wearing red during the holiday party season is a bit expected, but a floral print adds surprise. Celine jumpsuit, $6,000, (212) 535-3703. Loewe shoes, $1,090. (Photo: Jamie Hawkesworth. Styled by Joe McKenna)

Men's Wear Turns Conventional

Holiday party looks for men don't have to be drab. Tommy Hilfiger jacket, $699 (for suit), (212) 223-1824. Prada shirt, $1,210, and scarf, $300, prada.com. Balenciaga pants, $665, (212) 226-2052. (Photo: Matthew Kristall; Styled by Jason Rider)

How Three It-Girls Turn It Up for Holiday Dressing

Instead of a holiday party dress this season, opt for fun headgear and a bare midriff. (Photo: Clement Pascal for The New York Times)

Party Shoes for a Night on the Town

First impressions are everything when stepping into a holiday party. Louis Vuitton, about $2,160, (866) 884-8866. (Photo: Joanna McClure)

Party Shoes for a Night on the Town

A festive low stacked heel is a joyfully practical choice for holiday parties. Miu Miu, $890, miumiu.com. (Photo: Joanna McClure)