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Video: Bobbie’s tips for day-to-night style

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updated 12/21/2011 2:27:53 PM ET 2011-12-21T19:27:53

Her holiday "haute-line" has been ringing off the hook, and now TODAY style editor and Bobbie.com’s Bobbie Thomas answers your fashion emergencies!

While this is a fun season for fashion, it can also be stressful. Whether you are overwhelmed by endless options and can't decide between sequins, velvet or lace; or you simply don't know what to wear to different gatherings, I've combed through emails, tweets and Facebook posts to help answer the most common style questions out there.

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Dress alternative: “Dear Bobbie, I generally avoid dresses, but I need to  ‘dress’ up. Do you have any other festive looking ideas?”

While dresses tend to be the standard for special occasions, there are other options available for those who prefer pants. A chic poncho, cape, or beautiful shawl can add a little drama to a basic pair of black slacks. Look for luxe fabrics in this type of soft, flowing shape to create a look that is both effortless and elegant. An added bonus — this silhouette is especially flattering on many figures. (Silk Burnout Velvet Ponchos $81, Mayaboutique.com; Michael Simon Workshop Snowflake Poncho $99.90, Hsn.com)

Transitional tips: “Dear Bobbie, This time of year is so hectic, and I never seem to have time to get home after work before going out. Besides keeping a clutch in my handbag, what other ways can I go from day to night?”

This time of year is especially hectic and many of us don't have time to stop at home between work and our night time obligations. For those gals on-the-go, there are a few simple tips that can help take you directly from day to night. When you’re pressed for time, be strategic about what you wear to work. It’s hard to pull off a cocktail dress at the office, so opt for separates with a fancy blouse hidden beneath your blazer. When evening falls, remove the blazer and consider a few special extras. A pair of ornate earrings tucked inside your bag will instantly frame your face, a pair of tights (or removing a pair) can also transform your look, and a bold or bright lip is a fun extra statement. For those with long hair, try tossing it up or pulling it back into a ponytail for a sleek or playful effect. (Statement Jewelry $3.80-10, Forever21.com and GirlProps.com; Aqua Lace Top & Skirt $78-$98, Bloomingdales.com; Givenchy Earrings $TBA, Macys.com)

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Comfortably chic: “Dear Bobbie, help! I love having family and friends over for the holidays, but I’m stuck cooking and have a hard time finding something stylish yet practical to wear.”

Last but not least, a lot of ladies are hosting family and friends this season and in search of the perfect outfit that's both stylish and practical. This is the perfect excuse to wear dressed up denim — it's no longer just about your basic blues! From candy coated colors to metallic shimmer and leather like textures, there is something for everyone. Just remember to keep your shirt and shoes classic and let the denim be your statement. (Assorted Denim $25-$49, Necessaryclothing.com; Metallic Jeans $80, Zara.com)

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  1. The 11 Prettiest Dresses of 2011

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    Gwyneth Paltrow

    EVENT: The Venice Film Festival premiere of 'Contagion'

    DESIGNER: Prada

    WHY WE LOVE IT: The actress showed her softer side in an ultra-feminine blush confection. (inf.com via InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Diane Kruger

    EVENT: The Met Gala

    DESIGNER: Jason Wu

    WHY WE LOVE IT: An up-to-there slit added the perfect touch of sex appeal to a dazzling long-sleeve bodice.

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  3. Beyonce

    EVENT: The Beyonce Pulse Fragrance Launch

    DESIGNER: Lanvin

    WHY WE LOVE IT: The mom-to-be enhanced her maternity glow with a sparkling jeweled neckline and ethereal feather embellishments. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images via InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Emma Stone

    EVENT: The MTV Movie Awards

    DESIGNER: Bottega Veneta

    WHY WE LOVE IT: Colorful underthings added an edge to the actress's ultra-feminine lace mini.

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  5. Angelina Jolie

    EVENT: Sarajevo Film Festival

    DESIGNER: Elie Saab

    WHY WE LOVE IT: Who says you can't have it all? The leggy actress appeared both relaxed and polished in a billowy, high-slit design. (Dado Ruvic /Landov via InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Catherine Middleton

    EVENT: The 10th Annual ARK Gala

    DESIGNER: Jenny Packham

    WHY WE LOVE IT: The Duchess of Cambridge looked pretty (and radiant) in sequin-splashed pink.

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  7. Jessica Alba

    EVENT: The BAFTAs

    DESIGNER: Atelier Versace

    WHY WE LOVE IT: Alba's not afraid of color - and for good reason! The actress positively glowed in a vivid cobalt gown paired with bright lips. (Jon Furniss/WireImage via InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Blake Lively

    EVENT: BAFTA Brits to Watch

    DESIGNER: Marchesa

    WHY WE LOVE IT: The 21st-century goddess complemented her California glow in an airy, Grecian-inspired design.

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  9. Gisele Bundchen

    EVENT: The 39th AFI Life Achievement Award

    DESIGNER: Oscar de la Renta

    WHY WE LOVE IT: The supermodel wrapped up her shimmering sequin gown with a hot pink bow. (INF.com via InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Halle Berry

    EVENT: The Costume Designers Guild Awards

    DESIGNER: Elie Saab

    WHY WE LOVE IT: A brilliant hue amped up the star's natural incandescence.

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  11. Kirsten Dunst

    EVENT: amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS Gala

    DESIGNER: Chanel

    WHY WE LOVE IT: It doesn't get much sweeter than this pastel palette. (Andrew H. Walker/amfAR11/Getty Images via InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
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