The Easy Alternative To A Cocktail Dress

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Gwen Stefani and Karlie Kloss made a strong case for embellished cocktail separates at last night’s People’s Magazine Awards. Instead of donning a sparkly minidress this holiday season take a cue from these style stars and try mixing simple pieces with embellished items that you can continue to wear long after the ball has dropped.

Embellished Skirt

Karlie Kloss's Sequined Skirt

Karlie opted for an all-black ensemble with beaded skirt. Try this sequin skirt with a bandeau for evening then team with a blue button-up to wear to work.

Parallel Universe

Asos Sequin Midi Skirt, $162

A slinky black midi skirt is surprisingly versatile.

Embellished Blazer

Gwen Stefani's Beaded Jacket


Gwen topped her all-white ensemble with a pearl-encrusted jacket. A similar style works with white jeans and pumps for evening or with faded boyfriend jeans and sneakers.

Parallel Universe

Charlotte Embellished Blazer, $310

You'll never regret a structured ladylike jacket, particularly one with beaded embellishments.