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Accessorize for the holidays

"Today" style editor Judy Gordon talks about the latest festive fashions.
/ Source: TODAY

Making a list and checking it twice?  Here are the must-have accessories this holiday season.

Retro rocks
Got to go retro this season and there are plenty of choices! Cropped faux fur jackets in honey-colored mink look movie star glamour while the jewel-encrusted sweaters of the moment are not exactly the way your grandmother wore them.  A touch of bling-bling glitz on sexy sleeveless tops brings this retro trend right up to date. The more demure can opt for jeweled twin sets, shoes or handbags. If you’re lucky enough to receive something jeweled, this easy, instant glamour could be your new best friend.

Tie one on
You might want to drop a hint that you need to keep those shoulders warm and trendy with a fab fur wrap. Whether real or faux, vintage or new, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can go from blah to downright beautiful with the addition of a little fur framing the face. This season’s wraps are big and bold and they lighten up almost every look from the cashmere twin set  to the most decorative, daring evening ensemble.  Do be sure to wish for this season’s must-have finish – the big satin bow that ties your look together.

Don't forget the iceWe’re not talking ice cubes… We’re talking serious, important diamond jewelry in massive quantities. You may love and cherish the diamond solitaire that you got last holiday, but this time around, you’ll want to pile on the glitz...the more diamonds, the merrier.

Swing from the chandelierThe stylish earrings of the season are larger-than-life chandeliers or long, linear styles with multi-colored stones. The classic chandelier is comprised of diamonds, stones or crystals.  Jewels in pink, citrine or deep red garnets are especially arresting. The point with chandeliers -- the bigger, the better. Earrings that drop beyond your shoulders are not out of the question… if the question is, "Just how trendy are you?"

In the bagSatin clutches or fun paillette bags make perfect gifts for any evening affair. Other alternatives -- gold metallic treated python, antique styles or small hobo styles.

The best for teens and beyondLayered opaques with over the knee socks and leg warmers Sherpa hats, vests or handbags Cut off gloves that have optional mitten tops Quilted suede gloves Jewelry or lingerie bags UGG boots or slippers Jewel encrusted ear pieces for cell phones or Palm Pilots.

Judy Gordon is a New York-based style consultant and “Today” show style editor. She has been covering fashion for the past decade and is the former style editor of Indie Magazine. You can visit her Web site,, which highlights fashion trends in America. Check out the site for this week’s latest feature.