Happy Holidaze: Finding Stylish Answers To Holiday Fashion Faux Pas

December 8, 2010 • Runway/Realway, Yahoo

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Alia Rajput for Second City Style Magazine

Ho! Ho! Ho! The jolliest season of the year is upon us, and with it comes plenty of opportunities to break the rules. This is the time when you may have just one more slice of fruitcake at the office party or splurge on one more gift for your friends and family. And while some indiscretions may be overlooked in the spirit of the holidays, you should never, ever get too wrapped up in the season to forget your sense of style. The holidays have long been known for the ability to make perfectly reasonable people abandon all sense of taste and class in favor of light-up earrings and spangled sweaters. And while we can never approve of that type of dressing, there are ways to incorporate a festive palette into your wardrobe without coming off like a Christmas tree.

Many people shy away from the color green around this time of year, in fear of being classified as one of the BHD (Bad Holiday Dressers). Yet this luxurious jewel tone needs to be trotted out and celebrated, especially when holly and pine trees so decadently deck the hall. The trick is all in how you wear it. An emerald green is regally festive when it comes in a simply cut cocktail gown. Subtle touches like a sweetheart neckline, bustled back or ruched bodice is all the embellishment needed to allow the rich shade to stand on its own. Oscar de la Renta’s sleeveless number is the epitome of grace and achingly feminine, without the slightest detection of cheese. Adrianna Papell’s version may be long-sleeved but still embodies a subtle sophistication. Keep accessories and jewelry minimal to make this look truly work, and above all, stay away from any red!

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