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Party sparkle: What looks right now

Are you invited to a holiday party, but need some inspiration for what to wear? Take your cues from these guests at two recent events: the Jazzy Holiday Luncheon on Nov. 30 at the Westin, a fundraiser for the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture; and the Jingle Bell Bash on Dec. 1 at Wells Fargo Atrium, a benefit for Safe Alliance (formerly United Family Services).

Charlotte style expert Jania Massey, co-founder of www.ethanandzoey.com, an online boutique that also offers image consulting, shares her thoughts on some of our favorite looks ranging from classic to modern, and offers more tips for letting your style shine.

Jania Massey’s holiday fashion tips

If you’re wearing an LBD (Little Black Dress) add jewel-colored accessories or shoes to make it look more festive, or find an LBD made of satin or velvet.

Anything with sequins – a shirt, dress, skirt, jacket or shoes – always looks glam and doesn’t require a lot of accessories. Throw on your favorite sequin piece, add a stud earring, your best shoes and go.

Add some color to that face. I love lipsticks, especially a matte lipstick in a jewel color if you want to step out of the box, or go with a classic red lip.

Do it yourself by making something old look new. Add sparkle to the shoulders of a sweater with buttons, sequins or fabric. Or do what I did for the recent Ronald McDonald House Red Tie Gala. I took a white satin dress that I’ve had since 2006 and used double sided tape and some safety pins to turn it into a bubble tunic shirt that I wore with slim black dress pants and pumps. I received so many compliments.

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