You don't need to buy an entirely new outfit for each holiday party. Picking up a few essential items will make it possible to punch up your current favorites. You'll feel comfortable — and fashionable — combining these sequined pieces with your own wardrobe staples.

Wearing sequins: Mixed metallic sequin cardiganStay warm with a sequin cardigan

Before braving the cold, cover bare arms with a cozy cardigan. The two-tone sequins on the Mixed Metallic Sequin Cardi add elegant shine to any outfit — and warmth that won't make you look like you grabbed the nearest sweater just to beat the chill (White House | Black Market, $128).

Wearing sequins:Snowflake Sequin Tank Layer your look with a sequin tank

Swap out your usual layering T-shirt or camisole with a sequin tank and get festive for after-work holiday cocktails. The Snowflake Sequin Tank adds visual interest to trendy black and white with embellished black snowflakes on a white tank (Banana Republic, $60).

Wear sequins: Sequin and Bead Rosette Stretch Belt

Transform your LBD with a sequin belt

One great little black dress can get you through the holiday season — for years to come — with the right accessories. Cinch your favorite dress with the Sequin and Bead Rosette Stretch Belt. The delicate flower details sparkle in any light, and the slim, stretchy design is both comfortable and flattering for an entire night (LOFT, $30).

Wear sequins: shorts

Dare to wear sequin shorts

If you've kept your 2013 resolution to work out and have the legs to show it, show off your dedication with the Sequined Admirer Shorts. Pair the navy sequin shorts with a flowing blouse or tailored blazer to balance the skin you're showing. Finish the look with stilettos, and you have a chic alternative to a mini-dress. This look is fabulous — and sexy enough that you should save it for New Year's celebrations or parties with friends. Even with a blazer, nothing about these shorts says "after-work happy hour" (ModCloth, $40).

wear sequins: heartLoom Mallory Sequin Dress

Make a statement with a sequin dress

If you have extra money in your holiday budget or are attending an event for which you're extremely excited, consider a sequin dress. The heartLoom Mallory Sequin Dress tempers its daringly short hemline with layered cap sleeves. Pair the dress with minimal jewelry and your favorite nude stilettos — this dress makes a statement on its own (Revolve Clothing, $217).

Carry a sequin clutch

Wear sequins: Sequin Clutch Rose Gold Mint

A sequin clutch is better than jewelry for an extra bit of glam against any outfit. The Sequin Clutch Rose Gold Mint is the perfect clutch to grab this winter. Covered in sequins, it twinkles in shades of gold, bronze and just a bit of mint green. An inner pocket will keep your cell phone accessible, and the clutch is spacious enough for keys, a few items to touch up your makeup and your favorite peppermints (Fab, $43).

Bonus Fashion Tip^

Last-minute holiday shoppers can find the featured sequin clutch and thousands of other fabulous items on the e-commerce site Fab. Free registration is required, but with everything from fashion finds to art prints to whimsical puzzles and board games, you'll be surprised at how many items you can cross off your gift list at Fab.

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