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Be the belle of the ball in these party fashions

Attending your holiday office party tonight? “Today” style editor Judy Gordon highlights the season's going-out attire and accessories.

It's your time to shine ... it's party time! We'll show you how to look divine quickly — whether you're celebrating the holidays with friends or making a star appearance at your office. It's all right here in this week's edition of The Trend Report.

Trend tip: Stash a few pretty tops and camisoles in your office this month ... you'll never have to turn down a last-minute invitation!

Trend tip: Don't fade into the crowd in basic black — opt for a stand-out color and you'll be memorable (plus easy to find) all evening.

Friends and familyGetting together with the gang? Whether you're off caroling, sharing a dinner or just hanging out, every holiday occasion deserves a special look. We love the ease of an embellished sweater in a feminine, complexion-brightening color or a sassy jewel-toned bright (Talbots, $98). Add the fun of fancy embellishments — such as oversized paillettes — to glimmer and shine, and we say “let's party”!

Trend tip: Steer clear of overtly “holiday”-themed sweaters that you can only wear for three weeks out of the year. A versatile sweater like this one can be worn all year long!

Trend tip: If you want your LBD to last for years to come, your best bet is to stick to a classic silhouette and let the details make the difference.

Private party
This season, be sure to schedule in a little private time to kick back, unwind and enjoy the season! Pour yourself a glass of wine, hook up your favorite tunes and leave the world behind (preferably in a luxurious bubble bath!). There's a lot to be said for taking time for yourself to reflect on all you have to be thankful for — and the best way to escape is with the sound of music. Don't have an iPod yet? Tell Santa ... maybe he'll leave one under the tree!

Trend tip: Dress up your iPod for the holidays in metallic leather, beads or rhinestones (Prada, $230) — it's a major trend!

Judy Gordon is a New York-based style consultant and the “Today” show’s style editor. She has been covering the fashion and beauty beat for the past decade. To learn more about Gordon, you can visit her Web site,, which highlights style trends in America and across the world.

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