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Fashion

the cool girl’s guide to holiday dressing

‘tis the season to look awesome.

There are some holiday traditions we love. Eggnog? Awesome. Presents? Yes please. 

But sometimes it's OK to break with it--especially when it comes to what you wear to all those parties that dot the calendar from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve. Sure, you could pull on that sequined top or that velvet dress and call it a night, but why not try something new this year? We've got a few alternatives--five of them, in fact--and as it turns out, they're all looks that you'll still want to wear come January 1, 2014.

Click through the gallery for the five cool girl options for holiday dressing--and no, we totally won't judge if you decide to try them all.

THE TREND: HOLOGRAM (INSTEAD OF SEQUINS--IT'S STILL SHINY, BUT YOU WON'T HAVE TO SWEEP UP AFTER YOURSELF)

TRY: Milly Clutch - $335

THE TREND: HOLOGRAM (INSTEAD OF SEQUINS)

TRY: Lip Service Skirt - $70

THE TREND: HOLOGRAM (INSTEAD OF SEQUINS)

TRY: Asos T-Shirt - $17.24

THE TREND: HOLOGRAM (INSTEAD OF SEQUINS)

TRY: Unif Moto Jacket - $178

THE TREND: HOLOGRAM (INSTEAD OF SEQUINS)

TRY: Rebecca Minkoff Pump - $206

THE TREND: BROCADE (INSTEAD OF VELVET--IT GIVES YOU A TOTAL ROYAL FLUSH)

TRY: Rare London Dress - $98

THE TREND: BROCADE

TRY: BB Dakota Dress - $88

THE TREND: BROCADE

TRY: Ladakh Dress - $188

THE TREND: BROCADE

TRY: Matthew Williamson Dress - $1,165

THE TREND: BROCADE

TRY: Jenni Kayne Dress - $650

THE TREND: EMBELLISHED LOAFERS (INSTEAD OF HIGH HEELS--THE BETTER FOR PARTY-HOPPING AND DANCING ALL NIGHT WITH)

TRY: Jeffrey Campbell Flat - $195

THE TREND: EMBELLISHED LOAFERS

TRY: 3.1 Phillip Lim Loafer - $650

THE TREND: EMBELLISHED LOAFERS

TRY: VS Collection Loafer - $99

THE TREND: EMBELLISHED LOAFERS

TRY: VC Signature Loafer - $149.98

THE TREND: EMBELLISHED LOAFERS

TRY: Sam Edelman Loafer - $87

THE TREND: FANCY SWEATPANTS (INSTEAD OF A MINI-SKIRT--YOU'LL STAY WARMER AND BE WAY MORE COMFORTABLE)

TRY: BCBG Sequined Sweatpant - $538

THE TREND: FANCY SWEATPANTS

TRY: Haute Hippie Lace Sweatpants - $385

THE TREND: FANCY SWEATPANTS

TRY: Blank NYC Leather Sweatpant - $101

THE TREND: FANCY SWEATPANTS

TRY: Guess Studded Sweatpants - $39

THE TREND: FANCY SWEATPANTS

TRY: Rag & Bone Sweatpants - $350

THE TREND: MIDI TUBE SKIRT (INSTEAD OF A SKATER SKIRT--PERFECT FOR DRESSING UP AN UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER)

TRY: Leith Faux Leather Skirt - $68

THE TREND: MIDI TUBE SKIRT

TRY: Bar III Midi Pencil Skirt - $34.99

THE TREND: MIDI TUBE SKIRT

TRY: Forever 21 Checkered Mini Skirt - $14.80

THE TREND: MIDI TUBE SKIRT

TRY: Nasty Gal Midi Sequin Skirt - $48

THE TREND: MIDI TUBE SKIRT

TRY: Express Love Midi Skirt - $39.90