Akkad cocktail ring

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1. The Statement Ring
If we've learned anything from the late Elizabeth Taylor, it's that big, sparkly baubles (real or faux) get a lot of attention. Try sophisticated and rich jewel tones, like this affordable version from Akkad. And make sure you've had a manicure before slipping on an eye-catching cocktail ring—you want others to notice your jewelry, not ragged cuticles or chipped polish.
Banana Republic studded clutch

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2. The Not-Too-Big, Not-Too-Small Clutch
If you're petite, don't overwhelm your small frame by tucking an oversize version under your arm, says Bradley Bayou, designer and author of The Science of Sexy. If you're tall or full-figured, a too-tiny clutch will make you look larger. We like this beaded version from Banana Republic that fits all the essentials and comes with a wrist strap to keep both hands free so that you can juggle a plate of hors d'oeuvres and a glass of Champagne.
Oscar de la Renta drop earrings

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3. The Ultraglittery Earrings
Shoulder-grazing chandelier styles can be fun, but simple drops add sparkle—without weighing down your earlobes. When you're wearing jewelry as dramatic as these emerald-colored crystals from Oscar de la Renta, you don't need much else (in other words, skip the necklace and matching ring). To show these earrings off, pull your hair into a low bun or sleek ponytail.
Terry Stack belts

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4. The Go-To Belt
Consider the waist-cinching belt the Houdini of accessories: It instantly creates the illusion of a slimmer silhouette by drawing the eye to your smallest part. Throw a belt over a basic dress or use it to reign in a bulky puffer jacket. To add color and texture to your outfit, wear something metallic or opt for one of these bright, croc-embossed Terry Stack belts with interchangeable buckles.
R.J. Graziano brushed gold bangles

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5. The Bold Bangle
Wear one sleek cuff or a wide bangle instead of an arm full of jangly bracelets. These brushed gold versions from R.J. Graziano add subtle sparkle (minus the noise).
All Black sequined flats

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6. The Party-Ready Flats
Ballet flats—with details like beads or sequins—look best with full skirts or cropped pants. (They can be tricky to pull off with wide-leg trousers or pencil skirts, which can make you look squat unless you're especially statuesque.) We like these sparkly versions from All Black for occasions when you know you're going to be on your feet or hitting the dance floor all night.
Dannijo Bea necklace

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7. The Spotlight-Stealing Necklace
You don't need to wear a sequined dress to look festive. A glittery necklace is just as eye-catching and can be worn long after your calendar is cleared of holiday parties. A long version will make you look longer and leaner, while a bib-style one, encrusted with crystals or rhinestones, makes a basic blouse party-worthy. Stick to simpler silhouettes like a solid tank dress or a white button-down and avoid plunging necklines, halters and one-shoulder styles that can compete with what's around your neck.
East Cloud sparkly scarves

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8. The Sophisticated Scarf
These lightweight versions from East Cloud with sequined trim can be worn inside and out. And the best part? Adam Glassman, O's creative director, says they look much more expensive than they are. Loop one around your neck to liven up a simple neckline, or wrap it around your shoulders if you're wearing a sleeveless dress.
Rockport purple suede pumps

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9. The Heels You Can Actually Walk In
We swear there are comfortable versions out there. Pumps in a rich, vibrant shade—like these from Rockport that incorporate Adidas technology to cushion your feet—add a pop of color to a dull winter wardrobe. Or find a low heel in gold or silver that is neutral and seasonless but feels fresher than basic black. If you want to add more height, look for styles that have a platform in front to take some of the strain off the balls of your feet.

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