Looking to add a little holiday flair to your next outfit? While you can't go wrong with a little seasonal sparkle, there's a more understated way of embracing festive fashion that doesn't involve flashy sequins—or the purchasing of a completely new outfit.
Red is always hot during the holiday season, and this December, we've seen several stars hop on the always-trendy tradition with chic shoes in crimson shades. And these stylish leading ladies have shown us that there are naughty and nice ways to interpret the trend for everything from the raucous New Year's Eve party to the more staid office shindig.
For a night out on the town, sexy platform pumps, like the ankle-strap pair Elisha Cuthbert paired with a floor-length gown for VH1's Divas event or the eye-catching ruby red heels Busy Philipps wore to the 19th Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, add height—always a plus!—and a little sex appeal. We know we wouldn't mind sending off 2012 in Anne Hathaway's showstopping Casadei open-toe pumps, which popped against her winter white Cushnie et Ochs dress.
For an edgier look, you can't go wrong with Lady Gaga's spiky Louboutins, which add an instant dose of rocker-chic style to any look. But for a more formal affair, we recommend opting for a shoe like Amanda Seyfried's sweet Rupert Sanderson pumps, which the actress wore to a Les Misérables luncheon.