Wednesday, December 12, 2012

How to Look Good in an Ugly Holiday Sweater

It's that time of year again. And your invites to extravagant cocktail parties has somehow included a new attire; an ugly holiday sweater. Before you hit panic mode, this might actually be fun. Dig into your grandma's vintage collection or hit the thrift store with joy for endless mohair finds.

Turn ugly to something beautiful. Here are 3 Ways to Look Good in An Ugly Holiday Sweater.

Depending on the pattern of the sweater, you can have some fun with jewelry here. For a busy sweater, (moose, fair isle, and snowflakes, anyone?) add statement earrings that are a solid color or a solid large cuff. You don't want to overdo it with prints.

For a striped or polka dotted sweater, try a long bold necklace. The one shown below from DANNIJO looks like christmas lights! It's a party, so there's a gem of an excuse to go crazy without being overwhelming. Try a festive piece to complete the look. A great match to the printed sweater are black skinny jeans and booties.

Moose Sweater SheInside
Earrings Opening Ceremony
Cuff Mulberry
Jeans J Brand
Polka Dot Sweater J.Crew
Necklace DANNIJO
Booties Balenciaga

Feel like you're drowning in a bubble of oversized yarns? Wear a longer length sweater as a dress, and flatter your figure by adding a belt at the waist. Throw on some black tights and over-the-knee boots to add some youth to the old piece.

Sweater Chinti and Parker
Belt Forever New
Opaque Tights Armani Exchange 
Over-the-Knee Boots Stuart Weitzman 

If your a DIY kind of girl, here's your next project. Get back into the 90's feel and go retro. A cropped sweater is definitely not something your grandma would wear. Lay the sweater flat on the floor and cut it straight, a little longer than half of the original waist length. Match it with a long maxi and platforms to balance out proportion!

Sweater ModCloth
Skirt Maison Martin Margiela
Shoes Fendi

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