Tuesday, 18 December 2012

December: Guest Post

The very lovely Brooke at Belts and Bangles has kindly written a great christmas post for my blog this month, which helps us all out with what to wear during the festive season.

Dressing for the Holiday Season Without Looking Like a Christmas Tree

When the holiday spirit comes upon us, it's natural to want to look festive and ready to celebrate the season of giving. At the same time, none of us wants to look like the office or school joke, and we don't want to wear something that will come back to haunt us six months down the road. Here are some tips for choosing everyday holiday apparel that shows your festive side while still remaining classy.

Look for fun ways to incorporate red, green and white

Red, green and white are classic holiday colors that immediately draw the mind to the season. The trick is to incorporate them into your outfits without looking like a Christmas tree. Look for ways to use basic accents such as a scarf or a hat that will look classy and stylish with other outfits. You can look for accents for both indoors and outside, or even a few hats or scarves that can double for both. Green and red scarves will look great with white sweaters, black coats and countless other combinations. White scarves can give you even more options because they'll match nearly every color in your wardrobe and help you add a little wintery flare to your ensemble.

Avoid ugly sweaters (unless you're at a party dedicated to them)

Everyday life isn't the time to bring out that tacky reindeer or Christmas tree sweater your grandmother gave you last year; save it for your neighbor's Ugly Sweater Party! It's far more stylish to instead wear a solid color sweater in red, white or green, which immediately call to mind the season, and perhaps match it with a scarf or hat in one of the other three colors. A flattering red sweater with a green scarf can be a nice outfit for the last few days of work or school before the winter holidays.

Use classy accessories

If you don't think you can make it through the holiday season without some blatant holiday accessories, choose wisely. For a festive celebration, items such as cute ornament earrings can make a nice accessory that will keep you looking ready for the holidays without being too flamboyant. In addition to different earring styles, other options that may be fun are barrettes, bracelets or necklaces. Just remember to keep whatever you choose simple and classy. By incorporating the holiday symbols in small, simple ways you can show your holiday spirit without looking like a holiday card.
The holiday season is a time of good cheer, when everyone's in a good mood and people gather to celebrate the season. It's only natural to want to dress up to show your holiday spirit! Fortunately, by keeping the above tips in mind, you should be able to show your festive side without wearing anything you'll regret when the ground begins to thaw.


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