My mother was very active in charity groups and they always had a holiday dance. Back in those days we wore very, very full skirts with net crinolines that itched when you sat down! And, of course, the pearls. And elbow-length gloves. And girdles!
Nowadays, you probably will not wear the gloves and girdle and you are looking for jewelry with a little more pizzazz. Rhinestones are great for accenting the little black dress. Pins and brooches are versatile and can be worn on a dress, attach a scarf, or large ones can even be pinned to a coat. Show your bling this holiday season!