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Holiday 2016

Relationship Goals: 5 Holiday Couple Outfits

Whether you've been with your partner for ten days or ten years, the holidays are rife with opportunities to get dolled up with your significant other. Between fancy fêtes and New Year's Eve celebrations, now's the chance to show your friends and family just how in tune the two of you are with your festive ensembles. Play off of one another with things like texture, color, and embellishments to create subtly complementing looks that are anything but matchy-matchy. Ahead are five couple outfit combinations that are not only highly photogenic, they'll leave others wondering how you make style — and love — look so effortless.

1. Contrast a punchy color with a more subdued one

On him: Shirt and tie; Theory. Suit; Topman. On her: Dress and belt; Sonia Rykiel.

If you're in the mood to rock a dress in a bold color, like red, have your guy sport a suit in a tamer color, like pale grey, to avoid clashing. While the looks seem independent from one another, throwing in a subtle matching detail — black nails for you and a black tie for him — will help maintain a thread of consistency.

2. Or, both go for muted hues

On her: Suit and top; Tory Burch. On him: Shirt; Combatant Gentlemen. Tie; Theory. Sweater; COS. Suit; Topman. Shoes; A.P.C.

If you each want to wear color, try coordinating with desaturated shades for a modern take on power couple dressing. A forest green sweater perfectly complements a dusty rose getup. It's subtle, unexpected, and chic.

3. Match sparkle with shine

Left: Top and pants; Jill Stuart. Brooch; Kenneth Jay Lane. Shoes; ALDO. Right: Dress; ASOS. Heels; Roger Vivier. Ring; Jennifer Fisher.

There's no such thing as too much sparkle, especially when it comes to the holidays. If you both want to go all in with the glitter and sequin embellishments, pair them back with neutral colors for a sophisticated effect.

4. Or, juxtapose tough leather with delicate silk

On him: Shirt, pants, jacket; Theory. Tie; H&M. On her: Dress; Jill Stuart. Heels; ALDO.

Play off the idea of masculine and feminine by experimenting with luxe textures. A leather jacket exudes tough confidence, especially when worn alongside a fluid silk dress that embodies soft elegance.

5. And finally, going traditional is always a safe bet

On her: Dress; Kaelen dress. Heels; ALDO. On him: Shirt; Banana Republic. Bow tie; Combatant Gentlemen. Blazer; COS. Pants; Topman.

For a classic, foolproof combination, match your dress to his bowtie. By opting for modern metallics and sharp tailoring, the pair of you will look clean and sleek instead of dated.