By Gwendolyn Rahn
Updated Nov 30, 2015 @ 10:30 am
Credit: Bec Lorrimer

Tis the season for festivities, and the only thing more daunting than tackling your lengthy shopping list is finding an outfit for your many merry-making activities. We turned to InStyle’s Executive Style Correspondent, Dana Avidan-Cohn, and the luxury jewelry experts at David Yurman to show you how one classic black dress can be transformed for any holiday event with a little accessory love.



For a modern daytime look, pair a midi-length dress with a low, sleek boot. Select a structured coat and bag to dress it down, and add a touch of gold and diamonds for a wow element.

Shop the look: Adam Lippes dress; David Yurman necklace; Marc by Marc Jacobs coat; Chloé sunglasses; Mulberry bag; Miu Miu boots



Pair neutral, blush and gold accessories together for a romantic feel. Pull your hair back and add statement earrings and soft natural makeup.

Shop the look: Adam Lippes dress; David Yurman earrings; Nicholas Kirkwood pumps; Givenchy coat; Karl Donoghue shearling scarf; Lee Savage clutch


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A tuxedo-style cape with opera-length gloves is a great black-tie alternative to a dressy coat. Add a playful element, like a clutch, as a conversation piece, and don’t forget a head-turning statement necklace.

Shop the look: Adam Lippes dress; David Yurman necklace; Sophia Webster shoes; DKNY wool cape; Alexander McQueen gloves; Edie Parker clutch



A leather jacket with a party dress feels relaxed, yet trendy, and can be worn throughout the entire night. Bring a clutch or a bag with a strap so you can be hands free to hold a drink and mingle. Incorporating a statement chain necklace is an easy way to elevate a casual look.

Shop the look: Adam Lippes dress; David Yurman necklace; Balenciaga leather jacket; Chloé bag; Aquazzura pumps



Instead of over-the-top sequins, make a statement in sharply tailored black, white and silver pieces. Add a touch of sparkle with a unique bracelet and a killer pair of stilettos.

Shop the look: Adam Lippes dress; David Yurman bracelet; Adam Lippes coat dress; Kotur clutch; Sophia Webster heels; Isabel Marant leather belt