Daz­zling at a New Year’s soirée

First For Women - - Style -

Start with your own black turtle­neck sweater…

Most of us have at least one black turtle­neck stashed in our closet. Why we love the sim­ple sta­ple? The ver­sa­tile sweater looks great with any bot­tom, from ca­sual jeans to sparkly skirts, and the high neck keeps us warm dur­ing the win­ter chill while con­ceal­ing a dou­ble chin or loose neck skin. An­other ben­e­fit: The soft, thin knit can be worn tucked in to high­light an hour­glass or un­tucked to help hide any hol­i­day-re­lated belly bloat, notes celebrity stylist Ali Levine. When it comes time to ring in the New Year, Levine rec­om­mends pair­ing the plain top with a few eye-catch­ing pieces to re­ally add a dose of daz­zle to your look.

Up­date the look with…

GLITZY HOOP EAR­RINGS: Gem-adorned hoops pull the eye up to “lift” fea­tures.

FIRST pick: Charm­ing Char­lie, $10 (Charm­ingChar­lie.com, 10MM Mar­quise Hug­gie Hoop Ear­rings)

SIL­VER MINISKIRT: The metal­lic shine adds sass and the mini hem spot­lights gor­geous gams.

FIRST pick: Mango, $100 (Shop.Mango.com, Re­versible Se­quin Skirt)

BEADED CLUTCH: Twin­kling beads lend an el­e­gant touch to a tote-your essen­tials clutch. Bonus? It dou­bles as a cross­body bag for hands-free par­ty­ing.

FIRST pick: Zara, $50 (Zara.com,

Beaded Cross­body Bag)

BLACK PUMPS: Match­ing shoes to your top pulls the eye up and down to elon­gate the fig­ure.

FIRST pick: Call It Spring, $45 (Cal­lItSpring.com, Fririen in Black)

Ju­lianna Mar­gulies

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