Friday, November 25, 2005

Holiday Fashion Faux Pas

By: Wendy Owen

Is it a fashion sin to mismatch your gloves and your scarf? What about white cowboy boots in the winter months? Sweaters with high heels?

During the winter months, people are more likely to make fashion faux pas then ever. Why you ask? Well, the simple answer is; it’s cold and people just want to get warm.

However, by following a few simple rules, you can avoid being a winter fashion victim and still keep warm by following these “guidelines,”

1) Limit your holiday wear to Christmas Eve and Christmas Da.y
Yes, that blinking Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer sweater that your mom made is cute, but a little intense year-round. Save it for family gatherings only.

2) Don’t forget to bundle up!
Shivering in a mini-skirt and sandals just isn’t cute. Being uncomfortable is definitely a faux-pas, so if you have to wear a skirt or dress, get some cute textured tights and close-toed shoes to keep you warmer.

3) Don’t get too mad about plaid.
Or leopard print or paisley for that matter. Only a choice and brave few can pull off these bold prints in an oversized jacket. If you do opt for animal prints, keep everything else monochromatic so you don’t go overboard.

4) Make sure it fits.
That pretty much goes for anything you wear year-round, but people seem to forget it in the winter months. Yes, that University of Michigan sweatshirt your ex-boyfriend gave you is comfortable, but face it, not exactly glamorous. Try a sleek turtleneck instead.

5) If it glitters, it’s gold.
Many people forget that this is the best time of year to wear your sparkles with pride. It’s a fashion faux pas to let that cute gold purse hide in the closet. Bring out your sparkles during the winter month for extra shine during dreary days.

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