Rachel Zoe's advice on dressing for the holidays

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BY MOLLY WINDING

Figuring out what to wear for the holidays can be tough, especially if you need to come up with multiple outfits! Between Christmas parties, holiday galas, fundraising events and lavish meals, we sometimes find ourselves at a loss for the perfect outfit.

Thankfully Rachel Zoe is here to help, and not only does she have some fabulous ideas, but she's recommended some festive products she loves for you to shop right here!

So what exactly does the fashion guru advise is the perfect go-to holiday party look? "My go-to holiday look is either a tuxedo jumpsuit or sequin top paired with my favorite wide-leg trousers from my collection...and obviously a pair of sky-high heels," she said.

It can be easy to get caught in the trap of the same old look for every festive occasion, so Zoe prefers a tuxedo or tailored jumpsuit as a way to better stand out from the crowd.

And the only thing worse than a boring outfit during the holidays? Fashion faux pas like skipping tights with an outfit that requires them. So what are the fashionista's thoughts on bare legs versus tights for holiday events?

"I think it depends on two things: the climate and how much you're baring up top," she said. "I love a long-sleeve mod shift dress with bare legs or a sequin mini dress paired with tights and a faux fur worn over your shoulders -- I think both can be winter appropriate," but it's definitely important to know when you should and shouldn't opt for more coverage!

Lastly, Zoe understands that flattering pieces may be exceptionally important during the holidays when stylish women may be indulging a bit more than usual, so to combat anything that doesn't make us all look our very best, "black is your best friend!" she says.

Check out Rachel Zoe's handpicked items below and put her tips to good use at your next holiday event!

1. "Opting for a tuxedo if one of my favorite ways to dress up for any occasion, particularly during the holidays."

Rachel Zoe's ideas for holiday outfitsRachel Zoe's ideas for holiday dressing, Rachel Zoe Jolee wide-leg trouser pantRachel Zoe Verlena pump for holiday outfit ideasRachel Zoe holiday outfit ideas, Verlena high heel from ShoeDazzle

Shop these items left to right:
Satori Blazer, Rachel Zoe
Jolee Pant, Rachel Zoe
Verlena Pump by Izabella Rue, ShoeDazzle

2. "Whether it's a sequined jacket or shift dress, sparkle is always appropriate this time of year."

feather sequin jacket, Rachel Zoe's holiday outfit ideasZara trouser, Rachel Zoe's holiday outfit ideasShoeDazzle Kavita pump by Izabella Rue

Shop these items left to right:
Feather Sequin Jacket, Topshop
Pleated Trousers, Zara
Kavita Pump by Izabella Rue, ShoeDazzle

3. "A statement shoe, metallic or embellished, always adds just the right amount of glamour to your favorite little black dress."

Ponti Shoulder Band V Dress by NicholasRaziel pump by ShoeDazzle

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Ponti Shoulder Band V Dress, Nicholas
Raziel Pump, ShoeDazzle

4. "Fringe! Need I say more? Head-to-toe is always party appropriate, or opt for separates paired with classic closet staples for a more subdued way to wear the trend."

Club Monaco Bethzy Dress at ShopbopShoeDazzle Leandra pump for holiday

Shop these items left to right:
Bethzy Dress, Club Monaco
Leandra Pump by Madison, ShoeDazzle

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Watch the video below for Rachel Zoe's advice on holiday party accessories:
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