It’s no myth that during the holidays, ugly and tacky Christmas clothes are essential to your wardrobe. There is no limit to the imagination of the wearer. However, due to a huge increase in the popularity of ugly Christmas sweater parties, it’s becoming harder and harder to find the ideal pieces of holiday clothing. That’s why we’re created the top ten tips for the tacky tradionite:
- Ballpark your sizing. Don’t worry about getting a medium Christmas sweater if you typically fit a small, or a large Christmas sweater if you normally fit a medium. Due to the make and fabric of this Christmas clothing, the sweater tends to cling nicely to the wearer.
- Play the role. Compliment your Christmas clothing with accents that add even more flavour to the scene. For example, if you’re sporting Rudolph the red chest sweater, head down to your local party supplier and grab a red clown nose to guide your fellow party goers in style.
- What’s beneath the sweater counts. If you’re wearing an ugly Christmas sweater, why not pair it up with a green, red or white turtleneck. Take a trip to your local dollar store for some Santa pins and clip them just above the sweater neck on your base garment. It’s a low effort way to take that extra step in holiday fashion.
- Mix accordingly. Rum and eggnog is a well known Christmas drink, and you can add a festive compliment by sprinkling a little nutmeg on top. For those ugly Christmas party goers wanting to add some variety, think red or green Jell-O shooters. Your local breweries will usually think up some tempting holiday flavours as well.
- Take things head on. Usually, during a Christmas party you’ll find a few Santa hats floating around. You can add a little sass by tucking some tinsel between the white rim and the base of the hat. This will make you easier to spot when female party goers are looking for a mistletoe mate.
- Tie one on. Festive holiday ties may be rare, but if you can get your hands on it, you should consider it a family heirloom. The most popular seems to be the classic Rudolph with red light tie, followed by Santa’s “have a holly jolly Christmas” tie.
- The carpet shouldn’t match the drapes. Contrast is in for Christmas 2009, so pair your Christmas sweater with some juxtaposed long johns to reach the climax in your holiday appearance.
- You can’t beat the feet. Depending on your outfit, your stockings may or may not be showing. If they are, try and get your hands on a pair of candy cane swirl socks to complete your ensemble. At the very least, white, red or green as a solid sock colour will do.
- Prep and polish. Ladies – if you’re heading out to an ugly Christmas party this year, be sure to pick red, green or both as your nail colours. Remember, the tackier the better, so put your OPI aside and hit the drug store for some bargain basement nail colours.
- Mistletoe. This seasonal miracle has been declared the cupid’s arrow of Christmas. Put some in your pocket for the party. If you’re really keen, fashion a mistletoe hanging apparatus that attaches to a neck collar. This way, you can corner most any party goer for some Christmas smooches with ease.