I'm one of those women who loves any excuse to get dressed up. Is it any wonder this is my favorite time of the year? No LBDs for me, thank you very much. I'm taking my cues from the runways, which dazzled with all manner of embellishments this season: brocade, beads, sequins, crystals, you name it. If you're worried that dramatic ornamentation will add bulk to your frame, opt for metallic accents, which always look luxe and fabulously festive. Or amp up your cocktail party basics with bejeweled pumps and accessories. When in doubt, remember: All that glitters is gold! Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@MCBigGirl) for more amazing holiday picks!
DRESS (up to size 28), $195, Clements Ribeiro Swan for Evans; evansusa.com.
SHOES $368, Delman Shoes; delmanshoes.com.
SWEATER (up to size 28), $115, Clements Ribeiro Swan for Evans; evansusa.com. DRESS (up to size 20), $195, Julia Jordan at Le Papillon; (732) 842-6490.
CHIC ALL YEAR Pair a high-impact top with a pencil skirt and heels now, skinny jeans later. TOP (up to size 3X), $167, Tbags Los Angeles; tbagslosangeles.com.
CLUTCH $89.90, Zara; zara.com.
NECKLACE $965, Shourouk; shourouk.fr.
"I am forever inspired by Aretha Franklin's bold, exuberant style. Confidence commands respect!"
DRESS (up to size 18), $165, Long Tall Sally; longtallsally.com.
A TIME TO HEEL Blingy touches transform workwear — now you're ready for the office party! SHOES $348, Delman Shoes; nordstrom.com.
DRESS (up to size 22), $97, ASOS Curve; asos.com.
RING $675, Lanvin; net-a-porter.com.
SHOES price upon request, Dolce & Gabbana; (877) 70-DGUSA.
TOP (up to size 18), $55, Dorothy Perkins; dorothyperkins.com.