Friday, December 19, 2014

The Ugly Christmas Sweater - Making It Work

Written By: Shannon Boyce
Remember that knitted reindeer sweater your grandmother gave you all those years ago? Or the one with the smiling Santa Claus? Over the last several years, the ugly Christmas sweater has become an ironic symbol of the holiday season, rather than a total fashion faux pas. People are going so far as to throw "Ugly Christmas Sweater" themed parties and compete in "The Ugliest Sweater Competition." These festive events are a great way to get in touch with your inner child - and have a good laugh while you're at it.

Have you been invited to such an occasion? Don't despair! Just because you are sporting your ugliest Christmas sweater doesn't mean you have to look totally unfashionable. There are a few quick and easy ways to make your Christmas sweater work. Here are some ideas to help you take that Ugly Christmas Sweater and give it a fashion forward upgrade!
One idea is to choose a sweater that is a cardigan as opposed to the traditional pull over style. You can wear it with a simple black or white tank top to break up the bold holiday colours. By wearing a cardigan, this will allow the Christmas sweater to stay the focus - without it looking overpowering.
Another idea is to belt, belt, and belt some more. Wearing a belt over top of a long sweater or dress it a great way to cinch in the waist and create a more flattering silhouette. When you are sporting a Christmas sweater (which tend to be oversized, bulky, and heavy) it doesn't tend to look figure flattering. So, the trick is to add on a belt. This will break up the reindeer pattern a bit while still keeping you holiday ready! You can make this look a little more festive by choosing a gold glittery belt or something that compliments your Christmas colours. Or keep your look a little more chic by sticking to basic black. The choice is yours!
Still not sure how to take your Ugly Christmas Sweater and make it, well...prettier? Why not wear it as a dress or a skirt with it? Both of these options can give your look some more femininity and style this holiday season. Wearing your Christmas sweater as a dress is easy. Just make sure you choose a longer style - and throw on a pair of leggings or tights underneath. If you would prefer to wear a skirt, choose something with a more form-fitting cut, like a pencil skirt, to create a contrast between the bulky sweater up top.
However you choose to wear your Ugly Christmas Sweater this season, remember to have fun and don't take it too seriously. There are plenty of ways to look stylish while rocking that snowman just takes a bit of creativity!

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