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Living in Style: What to wear this holiday season

Thursday - 12/6/2012, 9:01pm  ET

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Colored dresses, metallics and textured fabric are in this season. Style for Hire's Lisa Tumbarello joins WTOP to discuss the latest holiday trends. (WTOP/Stephanie Steinberg)
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Editor's Note: This is the first Living in Style segment with Style for Hire's Lisa Tumbarello. WTOP is teaming up with Lisa to share style tips, clothing bargains and fashion do's and don'ts.

WASHINGTON - It's the holiday season, and odds are you're going to be invited to an office party, family dinner or holiday celebration with friends. Of course, the main question is what to wear?

Lisa Tumbarello, from the personal stylist group Style for Hire, offers tips to make you look great and feel comfortable among your co-workers or that special someone. WTOP met Lisa at Banana Republic at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Md. where she showed us this year's holiday trends.

Check out the photo gallery for style ideas and read Lisa's holiday fashion tips below.

Leave the Santa sweater in your closet.

That is, unless you are having an ugly sweater party at your house. Then it's totally OK to show off your prancing reindeer.

Go for the sequins.

There are lots of sequins out there right now as well as metallic sweaters and cardigans. Just that little bit of shine is appropriate for daytime or the evening, Lisa says. Wear it to the office or when picking up the kids after school and you still look appropriate.

Keep the shape simple.

V-neck, boat neck and scoop neck sweaters are the most flattering on anyone.

Invest in the basics.

Cardigans are always a good idea because you can layer them over something basic like a white T-shirt. If you are on a tight budget, you could pull out a pair of nice jeans you already have. But if you are going to invest in one thing, invest in an elegant sweater.

"Unlike that ugly holiday sweater that has the reindeer on it this is definitely something you can use throughout the entire season," Lisa says. "It doesn't have to be resigned just for holiday parties."

More on Lisa:

Lisa Tumbarello was personally chosen for Style for Hire by TLC's "What Not to Wear" Stacey London.

"I have a very down-to-earth, practical approach to style," Lisa says. "My knowledge of mainstream brands and budgeting techniques helps clients get the most bang for their buck without compromising quality. I appreciate great style on any budget and thrive at helping women realize their true beauty and reach their style potential."

WTOP's Stephanie Steinberg and Paula Wolfson contributed to this report. Follow @WTOPLiving on Twitter.

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