Easy and beautiful holiday looks for the everyday woman
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(BPT) - Feeling your best during the holiday season helps make celebrating that much more meaningful. When you look beautiful, your confidence and charisma can shine, whether at a work party or a family gathering.

You don't have to dress like a fashion model to have a festive look, simply remember these fashion tricks and trends for a gorgeous, comfortable appearance no matter what you're celebrating:

Accessorize - Just as the holiday lights sparkle, so too should your accessories. This is the perfect time of year to use your costume jewelry to jazz up any outfit. Pair a statement necklace with a simple blouse for a cheerful look. Heading outdoors? Broaches are back - so pin that sparkler to your jacket collar or to your knit hat for a little extra pizzazz.

Denim - You can't go wrong with a great pair of jeans. Be sure to choose a pair that complements your best features, like dENiZEN (R) from the Levi's (R) brand, which is sold exclusively at Target, includes a line for curvy gals. Being fashionable doesn't mean being uncomfortable: with their innovative Essential Stretch fabrication, their denim is 40 percent more stretchable, plus it will maintain its shape and soft feel for all-day comfort. Whether you're heading to an ice rink or a restaurant, pair dENiZEN jeans with a cable-knit sweater for a wonderful winter outfit.

Blazers - Blazers are back and ideal for winter weather. A classic tweed blazer makes for memorable holiday attire when paired with stylish jeans, or jazz up a houndstooth blazer with black slacks and a cashmere scarf. Not only will you have cool style fitting for women of every generation, but you'll also have an extra layer to block the chill of Old Man Winter.

Sweaters - Perhaps no other piece of clothing embraces the feeling of the holidays better than a great sweater. Chunky knits and cowl necks are big, proving a warm sweater has its place in everyone's closet. Take queues from the traditional holiday hues and wear a sweater in ruby red, emerald green or rich metallics. Pair with leggings and boots and you're ready to hit the town.

Black jeans - Switch out your LBD (little black dress) for the LBJ (little black jean)! You can rock them by day with a blazer to the office, or with a feminine frock for an office happy hour by night. One look that is great to experiment with over the holidays is a twist to the woman's tuxedo. Take a pair of black skinny jeans, like the ones from dENiZEN(R) from the Levi's(R) brand. Wear with a tuxedo jacket, a black blouse, bowtie and satin stilettos for a look that will turn heads all night.

Textures - An easy way to breathe new life into your closet is by thinking outside the box and matching pieces you normally wouldn't pair together. Blending textures is a great way to create new outfits - pair a silky shirt with a twill scarf, an angora sweater with a leather skirt, or those funky boots with a conservative cardigan. You'll be surprised at the new looks that can be inspired.

Makeup - The holidays are the perfect reason for playing up your makeup routine. Whether you rarely wear makeup or you have an extensive daily routine, hit up your favorite retail store and treat yourself to a few new products. Nothing says 'mistletoe-ready' better than red lips, but the shade is glamorous on nails, too. For eyes, metals are trending. If the idea of gold or silver on your lids intimidates you, just dab a bit on the inside corner of your eyes for a little touch of shimmer.

The perfect holiday outfit isn't something to fret over. Celebrate all the good tidings of the season and feel great in an outfit that looks great while letting your personal style shine through.

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