This holiday season, parties beg for bold.

Rich jewel tones color everything from simple sheaths to vibrant nail colors.

Deep greens and purples, like a short, sequined dress from H&M ($14.95), will pop amidst the classic holiday frocks in red and black. If tradition’s your thing, though, you can’t go wrong with the classic lines of a smart, holiday red Adrianna Papell dress — $160 from Dillard’s — and it has pockets.

Nails get in on the act in colors merry and bright. OPI teamed up with rocker Gwen Stefani for a holiday collection that includes the plum-colored I Carol About You and Sleigh Parking Only, classic reds What’s Your Point-settia and Red Fingers & Mistletoes, and star-spangled lacquers like Comet in the Sky or I’ll Tinsel You In.

Don’t forget the accessories. A sleek, textured clutch gives any outfit an elegant finishing touch.

Make a party-perfect statement with your jewelry, too. Try frosty dangling earrings from Bar III, $30 at Macy’s, or an icy rhinestone ring from H&M, $7.95.

Boots are also big, in any style, from tall to small. Strike the perfect balance in a sleek, stylish Chelsea bootie from Tory Burch, $255. Of course, you could always make a splash in a towering pair of sparkly heels and INC International Concepts, Macy’s, $99.50, has them.

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