From the board room to the bar: Fashion trends for the holidays

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‘Tis the season when calendars are packed with parties, galore. Whether you’re dashing from the office to an after-work function, or are just getting together with friends on the weekend, Zulily’s fashion guru Claire Magruder has you covered when it comes to your wardrobe. Here are her best style tips and trends for the holiday season. (Thinkstock)
Magruder keeps two staple items in her bag to take an outfit from day to night: red lipstick and a statement necklace. She says a red lip and a little sparkle around the neckline will transform even the most buttoned-up business attire to cocktail appropriate. Around the holidays, she also throws a pair of heels in her bag — “something with a little sparkle or something kind of interesting” — as well as a sequins blazer. “It kind of just brings [an outfit] to life,” she says.  (WTOP composite photo: Getty/Thinkstock/Zulily)
Save the LBD (little black dress) for the rest of the year. Magruder says the Christmas season is the perfect time to wear red to all of your holiday parties — and she’s seeing the color pop up everywhere. “It’s such a fun holiday color as it is, and it’s on-trend in clothing,” she says.  (Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 19: Actress Tatiana Maslany (shoe detail) onstage during the 4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 19, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Critics' Choice Television Awards)
If an all-red outfit is too bold, give your feet a pop of color. “Sometimes a little suede pump in red is a great touch and you can still wear your black cocktail dress,” Magruder says. (Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 30:  A model walks the runway during the Valentin Yudashkin show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015 on September 30, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
Magruder says sequins are always fun to wear around the holidays, and there are a number of different ways to sport the sparkle. If your party is on the dressier side, an all-sequin dress is always an option. One of Magruder’s favorite looks is a sequin skirt. She says it’s incredibly versatile because it can be dressed down. “What I’ve started doing — I have one in a rose gold color — I’ve been pairing it with just a really nice, basic T-shirt, tucking it in, and maybe a little bit of soft jewelry with it, and it’s just feels like you’re festive and glittery and sparkly, but you’re not overdoing it,” she says. (Getty Images)
You don’t need to dress up for every event. If you want to go more casual, but still maintain an updated look, opt for a pair of dark skinny jeans, a tunic or T-shirt, a structured blazer, a statement necklace and heels. “It’s an easy way to feel dressy and feel like you can go out for the night, but not feel like you have to be so overdone,” Magruder says. (Courtesy Zulily)
Don’t underestimate the power of a little bling. When it comes to accessories, Magruder says a statement necklace or earrings adds glitz and glamour to your look. “If you just a little statement earring and pair it with your nice little plaid button-up shirt, it can really take the look over the edge and be more holiday festive,” she says. (Courtesy Zulily)
This season, Magruder is seeing a lot of tulle skirts. Pair one with a tucked-in blouse or tee for a casual, yet festive, look. (Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 02:  Johanna Klum attends the Shoe Step Of The Year Award 2015 at Hotel Atlantic Kempinski on November 2, 2015 in Hamburg, Germany.  (Photo by Christian Augustin/Getty Images)
Over-the-knee boots are back this winter. “There are a lot of bohemian-style dresses, and when you pair them with the over-the-knee boot, it’s a really chic look for the holidays,” Magruder says. (Getty Images)
Love pleats? You’ll be seeing more of them this winter. Magruder says pleated skirts and dresses are making a comeback, so take the look for a spin at your next party. (Getty Images)
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Wineglasses on bar counter
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 19: Actress Tatiana Maslany (shoe detail) onstage during the 4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 19, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Critics' Choice Television Awards)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 30:  A model walks the runway during the Valentin Yudashkin show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015 on September 30, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 02:  Johanna Klum attends the Shoe Step Of The Year Award 2015 at Hotel Atlantic Kempinski on November 2, 2015 in Hamburg, Germany.  (Photo by Christian Augustin/Getty Images)

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