Style Lesson: 31 Ways to Update Your Party Look

Three experts on the perfect festive pieces - just in time for soiree season.

Update Your Party Look

Olivia Palermo, socialite
"Overdress rather than underdress."

Buy a great oversize clutch that works for day or night. Keep double-sided tape in your bag to shorten a hem in a pinch. Mix hard and soft, masculine and feminine. Overdress rather than underdress. Forget red and green for the holiday season — too predictable. Try platform heels, which look hot but put less stress on your arches when you're standing all night at a party. Play with hot pink. Pack baby powder to absorb oil from both your hair and face. Load up on heavy gold jewelry. Invest in a long winter coat for evenings so your bare legs aren't exposed.

On Palermo, left: Blazer, $79.50, The Limited; dress, $660, Diane von Furstenberg; booties, $790, Dior; belt, $216, Linea Pelle Collection; bracelet, $113, Giles & Brother by Philip Crangi; ring, $185, Rosena Sammi; Palermo's own necklace. On model, right: Top, $595, Vera Wang; skirt, $995, Rachel Roy; shoes, $550, Boss Black; necklace, $1600, Subversive Jewelry by Justin Giunta.
Taghi Naderzad

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Dress $630, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti; (212) 460-5500. Belt $120, Linea Pelle Collection; ronherman.com
Ben Goldstein

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Ring $900, Mesi Jilly at Jennifer Miller New York; (212) 734-8199.
Ben Goldstein

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Booties $450, Tory Burch; toryburch.com.
Ben Goldstein

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Necklace $375, Polytima Designs at Fragments; (888) 6-FRAGMENTS.
Ben Goldstein

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Bra & Panty $75 & $50, Princesse Tam-Tam; figleaves.com.
Ben Goldstein

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Clutch $59, Melie Bianco; (562) 908-9830.
Ben Goldstein

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Cardigan $118, J.Crew; jcrew.com.
Ben Goldstein

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Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss, designer
"Camouflage a belly and elongate legs with a slimming shift dress that hits right above the knee."

Boldly pair bright colors, like red shoes with a blue dress. Don't show too much cleavage. Invest in a strapless dress with a fitted bustier and full skirt. Add fun to a formal look with a high ponytail. Don't fall for too-trendy dresses that you'll only wear once. Try textured tights, bold statement necklaces, and large cuffs. Layer a turtleneck underneath a sheath dress. Belt it! Don't get so glitzy that you compete with the holiday decorations. Step into a great pair of heels — what are you saving them for?

On Gruss, right: Dress, $330, Shoshanna; shoes, $795, Yves Saint Laurent; pendant necklace, $1500, leaf necklace, $2775, Jennifer Meyer; bangles, $275 for set of six, Elizabeth Cole Jewelry. On model, left: Dress, $350, Shoshanna; shoes, $845, Jimmy Choo; earrings, $30, Nine West; cuffs, $165 & $195, Ted Rossi.
Taghi Naderzad

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Shoes $495, Miu Miu at Bergdorf Goodman; (800) 558-1855.
Ben Goldstein

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Dress $1595, Chloé; saks.com.
Ben Goldstein

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Necklaces $432 & $1404, Marni; marni.com for stores.
Ben Goldstein

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Dress $350, Shoshanna at Bergdorf Goodman; (800) 558-1855.
Ben Goldstein

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Bag $825, Tod's; tods.com for stores.
Ben Goldstein

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Bracelet $49, Banana Republic; bananarepublic.com.
Ben Goldstein

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Turtlenecks $158 each, J.Crew; jcrew.com.
Ben Goldstein

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Maryam Malakpour, Stylist
"Start with too much jewelry and edit down from there."

Accessorize with a gold men's Rolex, a Chanel cuff, a Scottish cashmere beret, or a string of pearls. Scour eBay for the perfect '80s Ungaro dress. Don't buy cheap shoes — it's hard to get inexpensive leather to look good. Tuck a Casablanca lily in your hair for an instantly festive look. Hit up secondhand stores for vintage diamanté necklaces to layer. Start with too much jewelry and edit down from there. Don't wear red lipstick just because it's the holiday season. Throw an LBD over skinny jeans or leggings. Try tartan, velvet, big sequins, and silver. Shine!

On Malakpour, left: Dress, $185, L'Agence; booties, $1070, Yves Saint Laurent; necklace, $1100, Stephen Dweck; oblong ring, $185, Rosena Sammi; Malakpour's own pink Marc Jacobs ring. On model, right: Top, $38, Alternative; skirt, $1450, The Row; shoes, $995, Christian Louboutin; bag, $2425, Chanel; wide choker, $135, R.J. Graziano; scarf, $600, L'Agence; Malakpour's own vintage necklaces.
Taghi Naderzad

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Jacket $70, Golden State Clothing; goldenstateclothing.com.
Ben Goldstein

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Necklace $400, Boss Black; hugoboss.com for stores.
Ben Goldstein

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Jeans $248, Rock & Republic; rockandrepublic.com.
Ben Goldstein

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Clutch $625, Jimmy Choo; jimmychoo.com for stores.
Ben Goldstein

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Ring $200, Lia Sophia; liasophia.com for info.
Ben Goldstein

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Booties $584, Rock & Republic; rockandrepublic.com.
Ben Goldstein

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Vest $750, Elise Overland; eliseoverland.com for stores.
Ben Goldstein

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Watch $4400, Rolex; (800) 36-ROLEX for stores.
Ben Goldstein
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