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Holiday Party Dresses 2015: Zulily Trend Expert Claire MaGruder Shares Festive Fashion Tips

With Thanksgiving just more than two weeks away, it's officially time to start preparing for the busy holiday party season.

Between work events, family functions and get togethers with friends, we know your schedule is packed with holiday parties that aren't always easy to dress for. To help take some stress out of the upcoming season, we tapped zulily trend expert Claire MaGruder to share her best party dressing tips.

"If you're running straight from work to a festive event, make it easy on yourself and pack essentials into your tote that will glitz up your everyday office attire. All you really need to add in are some serious heels, a sparkly clutch, statement earrings and a bright, glossy red lip. These four little items can be added to any outfit for an easy update before heading out for the night."

"Pleats are such a great trend right now. Make sure to pick up a skirt with those swingy folds. Whether it's a maxi or ends at the knees, you really can't go wrong. Since there's a lot going on with this look, I tend to pair them with a simple black, form-fitting top, tucked into the skirt for polish."

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"It doesn't always have to be a dressy dress! If you're more of a casual girl, go with your favorite dark skinny jeans and just fancy them up with a couple of easy additions. Nice heels do the trick every time, along with a peplum tunic tank and some sparkly jewelry."

"Try a little over-the-knee boot action this year. They can be a bit intimidating, so if you're giving it a first go, look for a flat boot, and wear them over your best dark skinny jeans. I also love them paired with a 1970s-style, long-sleeve, printed dress that hits right above the boot. Definitely go for a suede version over leather, as the matte finish tones the look down a bit while staying right on trend."

"Do go for a little sparkle: Sequins, rhinestones and pearls are all so pretty this time of year. Don't go overboard and blind your friends... limit that bling to one item, and build your outfit around that."

"Don't forget to add texture: Lace, feathers, cozy knits or a little tulle are all really fun elements to add in over the holidays. Don't end up looking like a puffed-up turtle dove with too much going on. Keep the textures lightweight and fitted closely to the body."

"Don't let garment hangs loosely. Head to a tailor to get your pieces fitting just right. Don't buy too tight and small. The last thing you want during the holidays is an overly restricted dress that you're constantly tugging into place."

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