12 Style Ideas to Brighten Up Your Look This Holiday Season

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UnknownGet into the holiday spirit by brightening up your look with a bit of glitz and glam. With the last-minute holiday rush on the horizon, things can turn from cheery to chaotic really fast. Suddenly Mother Nature’s cozy blanket of snow is now her plot against me, and the Christmas outfit I looked great in last week now makes me feel like a beluga whale.

On these days I’ve found that one trick has always come in handy to turn my frown upside-down — add a little sparkle.

Start with something small, like dolling yourself up with a Gatsby-inspired glitter headband. I especially like to add shimmer to unexpected outfits during this season. Yup, even to jeans and a T-shirt. Doing this can quickly take me out of any rut. Adding the extra sparkle has been a quick way for me to remember that, “Hey, it’s the holidays!” I suddenly stop and realize it’s not worth sweating the small stuff. You could also try spreading your holiday cheer with a pair of glittery Christmas tree shades.

There’s no way I could be stressed while rocking those. Don’t worry, around the holidays there’s no such thing as too much sparkle so live it up!

Show off your merry spirit with these 12 style ideas to brighten up your look this holiday season:

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  • Shimmer Coin Clutch 2 of 13
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    This shimmered coin clutch can instantly brighten up your day or night look. It is sure to be a show stopper at your holiday party.
    Buy them for $128 at Anthropologie.

  • Ornament Earrings 3 of 13
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    Brighten up your look with a pair of glittery ornament earrings. This is a great last-minute way to add a little bling to your outfit.  
    Buy them for $9.99 at Amazon.

  • Bauble Cardigan 4 of 13
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    This black cardigan has the perfect touch of evening shimmer and elegance. The sequins detail will glimmer off the holiday lights, without being too flashy. 
    Buy it for $138 at Anthropologie.

  • Sequin Scarf 5 of 13
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    Instantly brighten up your style with a sequin scarf.
    Buy it for $29.99 at Urban Outfitters.

  • Gatsby Headband 6 of 13
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    Rock a sparkling headband inspired by the Roaring Twenties. Having a bit of sparkle in your hair will brighten up your pretty face.  
    Buy it for $39.99 at ModCloth.

  • Sparkle Necklace 7 of 13
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    A small necklace with a bit of sparkle can make a big difference. Brighten up a solid color dress with this glistening accessory. 
    Buy it for $34.50 at Madewell.

  • Tree Sunglasses 8 of 13
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    Glitter with a pair of tree sunglasses that are surely festive.
    Buy them for $8 at Urban Outfitters.

  • All About the Dress 9 of 13
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    Pick out a dress that is shimmery and bright. If you feel a little too bold, dress it down with a pair of suede booties.
    Buy it for $158 at Madewell.

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    During the holiday season you can definitely get away with wearing a touch of sparkly gold to mimic the tinsel on the tree.
    Buy it for $39.99 at ModCloth.

  • Red Sequin Dress 11 of 13
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    Go bold with a sequin red dress. Wear it with a pair of black heels to make the dress the focus. 
    Buy it for $189 at Urban Outfitters.

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    Setting off Sparkles is the perfect name for this winter wonderland dress. Wear it with your hair pinned up and don't be afraid to even add a little sparkle to your makeup. 

    Buy it for $90.99 at ModCloth.

  • Light Up Christmas Sweater 13 of 13
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    If you literally want to illuminate the room, rock your light up ugly Christmas sweater to the party. You can power the sweater with Energizer® MAX® batteries. Buy it for $43.99 at Amazon.

Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.

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