The final week of classes is upon us and before we know it, we’ll be done with finals and ready to enjoy the holidays with our family and friends. However, once you’re home for the holidays, you will surely be getting plenty of invites to holiday and New Year’s parties alike, which will require a healthy wardrobe of party-ready looks. So if you’re already trying to plan out your soiree style, here are some helpful tips and trends to keep in mind.

Velvet: Old trends are almost always made new again and that certainly holds true for velvet. Soft-to-the-touch, velvet is considered a rich, luxurious fabric that can immediately elevate even the most basic of outfits. Girls and guys can both participate in the trend, opting for velvet heels or loafers, or even jackets and blazers. Try it in a deep burgundy and you’ll be all set to attend any holiday party that comes your way.

Metallics: Holiday lights don’t have to be the only things that glimmer. By incorporating metallics like silver and gold into your wardrobe this season, you too can shine — literally. Girls can try out the trend in a multitude of ways, starting with makeup, nail polish and jewelry, and working up to sparkly tops, dresses, skirts and jackets. Guys can even get in on the action, looking for cool sneakers with metallic details or clothing with chrome-like hardware, such as zippers and grommets.

Casual can be comfy: While some holiday parties merit a more dressy attire, don’t be afraid to go casual when appropriate. Show off your love of Christmas by opting for an ugly Christmas sweater or keep it cozy with your go-to sweater and jeans. You can even punch up these looks with accessories; oversized plaid scarves in red and green, jewelry and cool jackets can all act as “completer pieces” to make your casual outfit seem just a little more put together.

As you dash off to one holiday party after the next be sure that no matter what you wear, it makes you feel happy and confident — and of course, festive.

Happy holidays, Stags. See you in the new year.

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