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The Holiday Event: Black-Tie Affair

What you're going for: Sophisticated and chic Try: Tastefully Tousled Knot How to get it: For this formal, champagne-toasting event, you'll want your most elegant and glamorous side to shine. You have the perfect gown, now it's time for a romantic style that is all your own.

Cutler suggests a twist on the half-up-half-down 'do. First, loosely gather a group of curls from both sides, away from the face, and create a knot in the back. Then, secure it with a decorative accessory, such as a sparkling gemstone brooch or barrette.

"The accessories play up the elegance and the festive season," Cutler says. "But you don't want to look like a Christmas tree and you don't want [the style] to look contrived. So don't pull your curls too tightly, and the knot doesn't have to be symmetrical."

The finished look? Sophisticated, yet natural — and all you!


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