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Published: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 12:00 a.m. CDT

<p>Family gatherings, office parties, New Year&rsquo;s Eve bashes - the holiday social whirl is the most obvious reason for a shopping expedition to bag that special outfit. But special occasions don&rsquo;t end on January first. Here are a few events that may inspire a new look and a few tips to find just the right style for each.</p><p>&ldquo;The guidelines on dressing for specific occasions should make choosing an outfit simpler, not more stressful,&rdquo; says Marcy Brayko, style expert for women&rsquo;s apparel catalog <a href="http://www.midnightvelvet.com/" rel="nofollow">Midnight Velvet</a> &ldquo;Whatever you wear, be sure to add that unique touch that makes your look your own.&rdquo;</p><p>To request a copy of the Midnight Velvet catalog, go to MidnightVelvet.com or call (800) 383-5283.</p><p>Office parties</p><p>Workplace holiday parties may call for a glamorous look and even some glimmer. However, you may want to give more consideration to appropriate hemline and neckline for that event than you would for a dancing-and-champagne New Year&rsquo;s Eve event with your partner.</p><p>&ldquo;Just us girls&rdquo;</p><p>A girls&rsquo; night out takes the formality level way down but a little shimmer is still a great look. <ins cite="mailto:Chris%20Schafer" datetime="2013-12-09T14:35"><a href="http://www.midnightvelvet.com/Clothing/Bottoms/Jeans/index.cat" rel="nofollow">Jeans</a></ins> with gold metallic embroidery, rhinestones or other embellishments lend a bit of rock star glam to the evening. So does a shirt dressed up with beadwork when paired with black slacks - or even plain jeans.</p><p>Wedding bells</p><p>Weddings call for special attire but a number of variables determine just how formal: dress code (if the couple has set one), venue and whether it&rsquo;s a day or evening event. Evening weddings usually require a cocktail-length or floor-length dress. Whatever the dress code, it&rsquo;s a time to tone down the embellishments and <ins cite="mailto:Chris%20Schafer" datetime="2013-12-09T14:36"><a href="http://www.midnightvelvet.com/Jewelry/index.cat" rel="nofollow">jewelry</a></ins>, as it&rsquo;s the bride&rsquo;s day to shine.</p><p>Romantic celebrations</p><p>Whether Valentine&rsquo;s Day (or your anniversary) calls for your New Year&rsquo;s Eve bling or a more low-key dressy look depends on your plans and personal style. If you&rsquo;re wearing your sparkling <del cite="mailto:Chris%20Schafer" datetime="2013-12-09T14:36">&nbsp;</del>for a romantic night out, add emotional warmth with a special piece of jewelry your partner gave you in the past.</p><p>If it&rsquo;s a &ldquo;dinner at the burger joint/bowling alley where we had our first date&rdquo; celebration, why not inject some outrageous fun by wearing your most glamorous outfits?</p><p>If all of these events are in your immediate future, don&rsquo;t panic about your budget. &ldquo;A satin or beaded tank, for example, can be paired with anything from jeans to a floor skimming skirt,&rdquo; Brayko says. &ldquo;A <a href="http://www.midnightvelvet.com/Clothing/Dresses/index.cat" rel="nofollow">black dress</a> can go anywhere, pairing with ballerina flats or shimmering gold heels. And the right piece of jewelry - especially a statement piece - can make all the difference.&rdquo;</p><p>Whatever the occasion, there&rsquo;s one important element that makes your look work. Your confidence is the shining piece that pulls any outfit together.</p> <img src='http://www.brandpointcontent.com/printsite/ImageWriter.ashx?articleid=16470&memberid=8729' border='0' width='1' height='1' />

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