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Kristen Stewart, Maria Menounos and More Shine in Festive Holiday Dresses

Maria Menounos, Kristen Stewart, Jenny McCarthy, Stacy Kiebler Mark Ashman/FREDERIC LAFARGUE, Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Festive décor isn't the only thing to sparkle during the holiday season. Everything from shimmering sequins to mesmerizing metallics to beautifully bold beadwork, glitzy gowns and cocktail dresses have become a fabulous tradition during the annual round of holiday parties.

And since standout style always tops our wish list, we're taking a cue from celebs who have managed to shine bright in festive fashions. Whether you need a sexy sequined style as you send off 2012 or a conservatively chic touch of sparkle for a work party, you'll be sure to celebrate in style when you take notes from these glittering gals.  

If you need a New Year's Eve dress, why not countdown the final seconds of 2012 in a show-stopping beaded mini-dress like Stacy Keibler's Collette Dinnigan number? For a more casual look, try Maria Menounos' glamorous gilded top, which looks great with a girly skirt or edgy leather leggings for any downtown parties on your calendar. 

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If you have a more formal affair to hit during your holiday party rotation, we say go for gold à la  Kristen Stewart who stuns in an Elie Saab dress that combines just the right mix of niceness and naughtiness with a conservative neckline paired with a racy thigh-high slit. You can also shake up the season with an unexpected shiny metallic column skirt, like Jenny McCarthy—all while slimming your figure and elongating your frame with the flattering silhouette. (Consider it our holiday gift to you!)

Whether you want to go all out with a glittering gown or go for more understated sparkle, we've scoured looks from a variety of stunners to make sure you're seasonably stylish at your next soiree.

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