The winter months seem to call for shiny, glittery clothing. Perhaps it’s the scant sunlight, perhaps it’s the onslaught of seasonal parties. Either way, New Year’s Eve provides the perfect opportunity to wear sparkly pieces — though preferably not all at once.

Sequined dresses have become synonymous with year-end soirees. But to avoid looking like the Times Square ball, we recommend finding a form-fitting dress that enhances your silhouette.

View Photo Gallery: Don’t know what to wear to that New Year’s Eve bash? Take a cue from celebrities who have embraced the shiny dress trend.

This satiny, sleek BCBG Max Azria evening clutch with a shiny stone closure can hold a hankie and a lipstick without stealing attention from a sequined gown. $108 at

You can also scale back the glitz without losing your sparkle. Going to a low-key dinner party but still want to sport a new glittery purchase? No problem. Pair a gold-sequined skirt with a chambray shirt, opaque tights and booties.

Or for a really wild party or bar scene, a mix of leather and shine is a perfect combination (we’re in love with Michael Kors’s sequined wrap dress, now on sale, and black leather motorcycle jacket).

Designs by Elie Tahari. (AP)

If a shimmery frock isn’t your thing, take advantage of another big trend this season: glittery booties.

Miu Miu’s glitter-and-suede peep-toe ankle boots have made waves this winter. But if you can’t shell out $600, or are still on the wait list for the sold-out pink pair, there are plenty of more reasonably priced alternatives. Steve Madden’s ‘Hastt’ ankle booties are $94.90, and Seychelles’ gold Secret booties are down to $69.94.

Another important tip from former Post fashion writer and current editor of Refinery 29’s D.C. site, Holly E. Thomas, is to stay warm and comfortable. Thomas recommends layering two pairs of tights or adding faux fur vests under coats for added warmth.

And most important, if you’re no longer a 16-year-old, leave the sparkly snow gear at home.