Tuesday, December 11

Inspiration: Festive Holiday Sweaters

It appears that no one is safe from the (tempting) perils of a holiday-themed "ugly" sweater. Not even Lauren Conrad:
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).
Sure, the blond beauty wore a white sweater embroidered with the words "Ho! Ho! Ho!" front and center, and yes, the font is reminiscent of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, but thanks to her slick leather pants, classic pumps and coveted Balenciaga bag, it's a look that I want to copy, stat.

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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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

1 comment:

  1. What a timely post! I love the sweatshirt and Lauren Conrad's style. Your detailed and witty explanations of work-appropriate festive holiday sweater attire is most helpful! Keep up the great work Stylish Careerist.