We all have been given the dreaded bad Christmas gift, from Santa socks to bight Rudolf sweaters. Christmas seems to be the prime time for family members to inflict a strange form of torture, forcing you to wear their outrageous gifts. Here are a few tips to help you work the novelty ties and kitschy singing sweaters into your holiday wardrobe.
Hold Your Head High
I cannot stress enough: confidence is half the battle. Walking into a crowded Christmas party wearing a vest with working Christmas lights will never scream sexy, but the smile and ease of wearing it will. When your friend mock your outfit, being able to brush it off and laugh about it will work in your favour.
Statement Piece Is an Understatement
It goes without saying, but I feel I have to reaffirm it: do not overdo it!
Wearing one ugly Christmas gift is difficult enough, but multiple is pure madness. Remember that chances are your friends and family will want to take a million photos of the night so you will have to relive this outfit for the rest of your life.
A Perfect Pair
Depending the event you may have to wear this ugly gift out into public. The best option for toning down the look is to wear simple solids. Black is a preference because it looks good with any colour, choosing denim or a dress pant to balance the look.
When it comes to novelty ties pairing it with a slim suit in black or grey (depending the colour of the tie) will give you a polished look that may help take some of the attention away from the tie.
One popular ugly gift that has stood the test of time seems to be the statement t-shirt. They usually have a photo of the latest internet fad or catch phrase printed prominently on the front; nothing says good gift like a F.B.I (Female Body Inspector) shirt. With these silly shirts you will have to class it up; adding a blazer and jeans to it can dress it up a little. It won’t fix the fact you have “Bazinga” plastered across your chest, but it may make it a little more laughable later on.
Alexandra Stavroullakis is freelance writer and journalist. She enjoys music, fashion, movies and all things creative. She has a diploma in journalism from Niagara College and works as a part-time portrait photographer.