Sunday, December 23, 2012

Worst things to wear!

We know you get your jollies by dressing festively for the holidays (so do we), but there's a difference between spreading good cheer and looking, well, TOO merry. Thread host Jessica Stam teaches us how to toe the fine line between embracing the season and looking like a Christmas tree--hint: if it looks too much like something an elf would wear, steer clear!

Avoid: Head-to-toe red - Is crimson your go-to holiday dress color? Avoid looking like Mrs. Claus in red, fit-and-flare dresses with wide, black belts (ho, ho, NO) and stick to separates. A red pair of skinny leather pants with a silk shirt or a red skirt with a tucked-in embellished top will look much more chic.

Avoid: Holiday-themed sweaters - Unless you're a member of the Griswold or Huxtable clan, these bulky and bedazzled nightmare knits are not a good move. Try instead a more fitted, embellished sweater with skinny jeans and heels. Sequins or beading are a fun way to add to your holiday look without being too literal.

Avoid: Oversized bows - You're not a present! Avoid looking like you belong under the tree instead of rockin' around it and stay away from ostentatious bows with satin and taffeta. Tiny, flat, barely-there bows are much more on-trend, AND they're way flattering.

Avoid: Over-accessorizing - Deck the tree, not yourself. Chandelier earrings, multi-strand necklaces, armfuls of bangles and fistfuls of rings are fun on their own, but when worn all at once it's overwhelming! Take Coco Chanel's advice and take off one thing before you leave home. A gold cuff and sparkly studs or a jeweled cocktail ring with a subtle necklace are all you need this season.

Avoid: Too much plaid - Nothing says "cozy" quite like a snuggly buffalo check or toasty tartan. But mixing the prints makes for a holiday no-no. A fitted flannel with skinny jeans and tall boots or a plaid scarf over a slim, knit top are easy and stylish ways to incorporate the pattern into your wardrobe without overdosing!

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