|Lauren Conrad in a Ho! Ho! Ho! sweater by Lot 78 ($325), black leather pants, black suede pumps, Balenciaga bag ($1,895) and a pair of cat-eye Elizabeth and James sunglasses ($185).|
What made this outfit really work is that Lauren limited the over-the-top factor to just one item of clothing, allowing the other pieces to offset it with a cool-girl sensibility. By letting this statement sweater stand its ground against a more fitted silhouette on bottom, it felt polished more than anything else. A real "ugly" sweater success story, if you ask me.
To get into the spirit of all things holiday dressing, here are three ways to style your own:
- Follow suit on Lauren's cool-girl outfit with your own pair of leather pants. If you're not into the leather look but you do want to keep your legs covered up, try a waxed or coated jean instead. For the girl who can't part with her heels, go for an ankle-strap pump (as long as the pant leg hits a little above the ankle), and for the girl who wants to keep it low-key, an ankle boot will work just as well.
- I love the idea of pairing something as whimsical as an "ugly" sweater with your sexiest formfitting pencil skirt. Chances are, your sweater is a bit more relaxed on top, so it wouldn't hurt to add a little shape on bottom. Note: if your topper isn't too embellished, try throwing on a bit of sparkle via a statement collar necklace. Hey, it's the holidays, have some fun!
- For the girl who doesn't want her festiveness to start and stop with her sweater, pair the top with a sequined miniskirt. You'll be playing with proportions in a way that is both flattering and oh-so leggy. Then, add some dark opaque tights and lace-up oxfords to keep it fresh and unexpectedly easy.
Source: CelebStyle, FabSugar