Here's a simple formula for doing the holiday party rounds: Take a black dress -- simply cut, hitting at the knee or mid-calf like the Malene Birger number above -- and pair it with conversation-starting (and transformative) jewelry: a pair of matching gold cuffs, bright, shoulder-skimming earrings or a long, relaxed necklace. (Alternatively, you could go without the dress altogether.)
Not bold enough for you? Perhaps you'll want to don a double-finger ring, ear cuffs, even hair jewelry. Whether you're into crystal or lucite, feathers or horn, we've got some excellent ideas to finish off -- or rather, make -- your holiday outfit in the slideshow below.
Elizabeth Cole streiker earrings, $228, available at Shopbop; Malene Birger stretch-crepe dress, $395, Net-a-Porter; Claire Vivier calf hair fold-over clutch, $210, Saks Fifth Avenue; Zara suede leather high heel ankle boot, $80 (sale), Zara; Nars cinematic lipstick in goodbye emmanuelle, $26, Sephora.