A classic cabled cardigan is always a good starting-point for this travel outfit. After I tossed in a striped top, I thought that a solid scarf with a little bit of embellishment might be a calming touch. This scarf is one of those things that you could wear forever... and if you want jewelry made of genuine stones that don't break the bank, take a look at Novica. You know that these aren't investment-grade gems, but they aren't glass or synthetic, and the unique designs are delightful.
I love this sweater... I have a thing about cable-knit sweaters, I admit! And this dress is cut in such a way that it would forgive a holiday dinner without giving away the secret.
A couple of alternate/spare tops: