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Friday, November 22, 2013

On Not Being a Christmas Tree

“It's a good thing I was born a girl, otherwise I'd be a drag queen.” ~Dolly Parton


Well, it seems the holiday season is upon us already. Not really sure I'm ready for this, but here it is anyway.

So in the spirit of the season, here are a couple of easy tips for dressing for the holidays. Holiday dressing tends to have a lot of 'bling' involved in it, so the rules are pretty much a direct result of that. The sequined tank, the wrap top with the silvery bugle beads, and so on.

The trick is to try to pick one 'show' piece- the piece of sparkly, shiny, colorful clothing- and keep the rest fairly stark or plain. Or you could have one stand-out piece of jewelry to showcase- this would be perfect for New Years, perhaps. Often the best 'backdrop' in these situations is to wear all one color in everything else. All black, or all cream maybe.  

Otherwise, keep the jewelry to a minimum if you're showcasing a particular piece of clothing that has the traditional sparkly, glitzy holiday theme going. It can become a bit tacky when you have too much 'bling' going on- unless there's a specific theme and relationship between the jewelry and clothing. If they're pretty much unrelated, and the clothing has the usual colorful holiday feeling to it, then both the jewelry and clothing starts to take away from each other. They wind up 'dulling' each other down, essentially.

Also, be aware of balance in your ensemble- be aware of what area is being highlighted, and whether or not that's good for you. If not, try changing it up a bit to make it work better for you.

And shoes- don't forget about adding metallic shoes now- this is the perfect time of year for it.  And for the most part, they wind up being pretty neutral; silver, gold, or bronze- one of them is bound to go with most holiday outfits.

Just like last year I'm signing off for the remainder of the year so I can get frazzled about the season without any other distractions. I should be back around January, so until then….

Happy Holidays, and Happy Dressing!