self portrait blue dress

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Whatever the occasion, there's an entrance-making ensemble to put you in celebration mode. Center your look around a textured cocktail dress, add standout accessories, and give a little lip.

Dark Romance

Dress, $545;
Earrings, $248;
Bracelet, $295;
Shoes, $375;
rebecca minkoff silver dress

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Sleek + Sexy

Dress, $248;
Cardigan, $495;
Necklace, $269;
Shoes, $780;
house party outfit

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House Party

Perfect for an intimate gathering, a lacy fit-and-flare style takes on a cool retro vibe when worn with a feather-adorned cardigan and dressy bow flats.

Wear it with: a berry lip stain.

Dress, Tracy Reese, $598;
Cardigan, Kobi Halperin, $398;
Necklace, $350;
Clutch, $169;
Flats, $598;
night on the town outfit

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Night on the Town

Big plans? Paired with a flashy jacket and glimmery accents, this velvet one-shoulder number is meant for something special.

Wear it with: a warm, shimmery nude.

Dress, Aidan Mattox, $295;
Faux-fur jacket, Donna Salyers Fabulous Furs, $299;
Earrings, $52;
Ring, $275;
Clutch, David Jeffery, $290;
Heel, Michael Michael Kors, $145;
working it outfit

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Working It

When you need something snazzy but office appropriate, spice up a sophisticated embroidered floral dress with shoes and a scarf in an unexpected shade.

Wear it with: a rich bordeaux.

Dress, Sachin + Babi, $895;
Faux-fur scarf, $79.50;
Clutch, $195;
Watch, $595;
Earrings, $100;
Heel, $79;
girls' get together outfit

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Girls' Get-Together

Feminine meets festive in a sequined pastel empire-waist dress, a rich jacquard evening coat, and luxurious finishing touches.

Wear it with: a soft ballet pink.

Dress, $70;
Coat, Kate Spade New York, $548;
Handbag, $278;
Earrings, $250;
Bracelet, $990;
Heel, SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker, $385;