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Holiday Style for December 2012

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Holiday dressing can be easy with a simple dress, some holiday jewelry, and a glitzy minaudiere. Skip the tacky Christmas sweaters and embrace classic fashion style in a little black dress and sleek high-heeled pumps.

1. Little Black Dresses

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The classic little black dress will take a woman anywhere during the holiday season. Sheath styles are especially good for petites, and a basic black sheath can easily be dressed up with jewelry and other fashion accessories for a holiday party or dressed down with a jacket or cardigan for a wear-to-work outfit that can be transformed from day to evening wear. For a strictly dressy look, choose a lace or sequined sheath.

2. Holiday Jewelry

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Wearing jewelry for the holidays accessorizes clothing nicely whether you're going to a party or going to work. Holiday themed jewelry works best for casual occasions while glitzy or metallic jewelry -- whether fine or costume -- is a top choice for holiday parties.

3. Black and Gold Fashion

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Black and gold fashion is a top holiday trend this season, which is the reason it's our Fashion Trend of the Month for December 2012. Combine black clothing with gold or gold and black accessories for the most flattering look for petites.

4. Minaudieres

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Minaudieres -- little hard-case clutches -- are perfect for carrying to a holiday party. Granted, they don't hold too much, but a festive minaudiere is like a little jewel on its own.

You can find minaudieres at all price points. Our Splurge or Steal for December 2012 is a silver geometric minaudiere -- the splurge costs nearly $500, but the steal is only $35.

5. Holiday Stocking Stuffer Sources

Did you know that crafts suppliers can be a great source of fashion gifts that are surprisingly low in cost? Here's a list of three reliable crafts suppliers that not only offer fabric and crafts supplies, but also offer some fun fashion items that would be perfect for stocking stuffers.
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