Friday, December 18, 2009

Fashion Tip Friday: Christmas Cheer

For today's Fashion Tip Friday I am giving you a run down of a recent outfit PLUS doing a partial re-post of LAST year's Christmas-y advice. I should have posted this a couple of weeks ago, but such is my brain life. 
So, without further ado, I give you...

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Fashion Tip Friday: Christmas Cheer
"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear..."

and also by donning festive clothing and accessories! I know Christmas is nearly upon us, but I wanted to share some holiday dressing tips. (Really, these can work for ANY holiday, not just Jesus' birthday.) As I've said in previous posts, Santa hats are not merely decorations, they're accessories! It's a shame if they're not used to their full potential. Cheesy sweaters can be worn. Get out those jingle bell earrings!

However, Christmas clothing can go greatly awry if you don't follow some simple guidelines. You can be cheerful AND chic at the same time.
*Only wear one large cheesy item of clothing at a time. For example, wear the sweater, NOT the sweater and the red pants with the candy canes. Wear the skirt with the garland around the bottom, but NOT with the red and white striped tights. Make sense? Pair that one large cheesy item with something stylish and the whole thing will work brilliantly.
*You must actually do your hair and makeup. If you're going to wear something cheesy, you've got to look cute doing it. But don't go over the top with your makeup or the whole thing will come across garish and absurd. (Remember, extravagant eyes with an underdone lip, or bright lips with subtle eye makeup. Save the bold eye/bold lip combo for a cocktail party with dim lighting or a stage.)
*An up-to-date hairstyle is mandatory. If you're going to break out any apparel that includes the words "crotched" or "poinsettia" in the description, you MUST have a stylish hairdo. If your bangs are feathered or you still curl them under with a small barrel curling iron very carefully in a row across your forehead, you cannot wear seasonal articles of clothing. (Except that you probably wear them anyway, in which case, please email me for a one-on-one consultation.)
 *Christmas-y socks are fine, but your pants need to be the right length. No, it's not okay to "show them off" by wearing pants that are a bit too short. (Especially with mules.) And YOU KNOW that's not okay, too!!! I love fun socks just as much as everyone. But they're not a "see all the time" kind of thing, they're a "catch a glimpse every so often" kind of thing. You just try and get away with it because it's Christmas. Like when you wear cute shoes... they're not an excuse to wear the pants that shrunk up in length too much so "everyone can see your cute footwear." There's not EVER a good excuse for those pants! Stop trying to rationalize their length and give them to the thrift store now. NOW! Seriously. Get up from your computer, go to your closet, put them in a bag, and go set that bag on the hood of your car to take to the thrift store. You know the ones I'm talking about. Go.
I'll wait.
*Red and green and red and green and red and green!!! It's the one time of year you can wear these two colors together unabashedly. Go for it! Layer them into an outfit. Invest in at least one bright scarf. (If you've noticed, I wear my red one EVERYwhere this time of year. Except yesterday. Yesterday I wore my green one.)
*Santa hats are to be worn! To the grocery store, the sports practice, the post office. Wear them! If you have long hair, let it flow. Some of you with short hair have commented that you feel a bit insecure. If that's the case, wear some chunky earrings. But look at the photo of Amber at the bottom of this post. She totally rocks it!
*Smile!!! If you are going to wear festive holiday clothing, you must do so with a light heart and joyful spirit. There's nothing worse than someone in a bright Christmas-y outfit scowling and trudging around. Especially if they have feathered bangs, and are wearing candy cane pants.
I'm sure there are some things I forgot. I just wanted to throw this post together last minute. It was necessary. What other tips for holiday dressing do YOU have? Leave me a comment and let me know!
I'll close with some photo examples (updated for 2009)... because pictures make a blog more fun:

I wore this to a Christmas party this past Tuesday, albeit with my silver wedge Steve Maddens. I switched into flats for the rest of the day, which included choir practice. Notice the white, silver, red and green? Yay for Christmas colors!!!

A run-down...
Green tee: Can't remember. Cheap. Probably Target.
Silver tank: H&M. LOVE that place.
White jeans: Ridiculously cheap at Gap.
Shoes: J.Renee via Goodwill.
Red Scarf: Thanks, Mom-in-Law! (It's my go-to staple every Christmas.)
Silver hoops: Thrifted.
Silver chunky cuff: Grams.
Two white bracelets: Target dollar spot. Whoop! Whoop!
Snowflake hair accessory: Isn't it amazing??? Here, let's get a close-up.

Are you ready for this? It was a napkin holder at a Christmas Tea I went to. I told the girls at the table I was going to make it into a headband. (I don't think they believed me.) And I did have it attached to a headband earlier that day, but it was giving me a headache, so I just stuck it in my hair with a bobby pin. For some reason, people love it. Well, I do too!!! Very festive. Very Christmas-y. Very fun. Very me.
For the past three days it's been attached to the cuff of my favorite Santa Hat.

Jingle Bell earrings. Yay! (That's an awfully handsome Santa. Woo-woo!)

Red and green and red and green! And a Christmas light necklace. Can you see the necklace? (Click on the photo to make it larger!) Thanks to Jordan's awesome teacher in Santa Maria for this adorable accessory. Also, note that while I'm wearing holiday themed attire, I'm paring it with skinny jeans to maintain an updated look. (I realize not everyone can/wants to wear skinny jeans. It's the IDEA behind wearing them with festive apparel that I'm trying to communicate.)

Last year, Amber and I played our guitars, sang, and rang that Salvation Army bell outside of Albertson's. She's incredibly awesome. We had a BLAST! I've been in mourning this Christmas season that I will not get to carol at the Salvation Army bucket. I have half a mind to just go find somewhere, get my guitar out and start singing! It makes people smile. Hmmm... hopefully in a good way and not in a dear-goodness-please-be-quiet way.)

So, there you have it. Christmas fashion. Go to your closet! See what you have! Put some red and green together and don a Santa Hat. Then go about your day and smile a lot. It's not only your life you'll be adding cheer to.
Merry Christmas,

P.S. Bonus Christmas points for anyone who can tell me where the "drum roll" lines came from.

P.P.S. I don't know what is up with the weird spacing in this post. I can't fix it. I'm giving up. It's just going to be a little more "special" than other posts.
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Hampers said...

Thanks for the fashion tips. your flower shaped hairband looks wonderful. It was nice going through your blog. Have a wonderful Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Drumroll- from "Christmas Vacation"!!!!
Bonus points for Grandma Pajama!!!