Dress classy, not flashy, for the holidays

By SARAH CRAWFORD,
Central York High School

Holiday sweaters: Just don’t.

The holiday season is here again, and with it comes winter fashions. As we wrap up in the holiday spirit, we often go a little overboard. Our decorating, gift buying and eating all get a little crazy — just like our outfits. With all the festive clothing these days, people look more like their Christmas tree than they do a human being. So, before you fall into the same trap, here are a few helpful tips on how to dress classy, and not flashy, for the holidays.

1. Never, EVER, buy jewelry that lights up and flashes. Jewelry should tie outfits together. It should not be a bright beacon of light that outshines Rudolph. Try something a little less harmful to the eyes. A nice, silver necklace can make any holiday outfit look perfect!

2. Yes, we know. Christmas is coming, so there’s no need to announce it with brightly colored red and green ensembles. Instead, try mixing in a few white garments to tone it down a little. That way, you can still look seasonal, but not overly festive.

3. Christmas sweaters are a huge NO! The companies that make them probably have contests on who can produce the ugliest design each year. Discard any of these atrocities immediately, for your own sake. Just about any other sweater would be better, but the biggest style this season is the simple black and white polka dot pattern — cozy, fashionable and totally adorable!

4. Holiday hats are cute to wear caroling, but not anywhere else. Reindeer antlers, Santa Claus hats and elf hats might be more of an attention-getter than you bargained for. Luckily, headbands make the perfect substitute. Many stores have special holiday-styled headbands that people will love to look at, but won’t make you stand out in the crowd.

5. Above all else, please, please put your holiday clothes back in your closet after Jan. 1. One of the most embarrassing fashion faux pas of all is dressing for a holiday that won’t come again for another 11 months.

About Matt Eyer

Assistant Features Editor at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Read my (mostly ancient Greece-related) books reviews at Book Buzz. Follow me on Twitter @mjeyer.
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