When it comes to the holidays, a prefer a literal interpretation. Like Liz, who recently showed off one of her many Christmas tree-shaped earrings, I don’t go for a subtle version of the season. Red and green together? Yes. Sparkles, sequins, and glitter? Pile it on. Accessories shaped like snowflakes, ornaments or other seasonal icons? Now is the time.

I’ve compiled some photo of holidays looks past. Blurry though they may be, I think they showcase some of my favorites: bright colors, structured looks, and an appreciation for a time of year that I’ll always see as a little bit campy.

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Here’s last year’s Christmas Day look. I’m wearing a vintage locket, vintage red short-sleeved sweater, bright green cashmere cardigan (all purchased/thrifted for a song) and a really expensive skirt my mom bought me at Neiman Marcus on our annual downtown mother-daughter excursion. The skirt’s folkloric-esque print has angels (or something) on it, so you know, it’s very appropriate.

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I like to think of this look as one part office-appropriate, one part glam rock: a fancy L.A.M.B. black and silver knit cardigan (bought used…do you see a pattern here?) and an 80’s pink and black harlequin print silk blouse from Wasteland that has a bit of a Barbara Bush shoulder I frankly don’t know what do with.

Completing the look is my beloved 70’s pendant necklace I wear constantly and have totally stepped on before and is sadly a little smushed. I’ve also got on some not-exactly-leggings-but-not-quite-pants, but they are merely the neutral foil for the party going on up top.

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This Christmas day pic shows something else that the holidays are about: continual eating. I’ve got on a 70’s red plaid jumper and black sweater, but I’ve also accessorized with a rhinestone pin for that holiday sparkle.

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I thought this 50’s reindeer apron was so cute, I simply had to have it. I wore it with this 50’s dress on Decmeber 24, 2012, in very Mrs. Claus look, and today it is stuffed into my closet because it is, after all, a decorative apron. But maybe I’ll pull it out again this year!

 

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For me, the most glamorous event of the season is attending The Nutcracker with my mom, because you don’t have to worry about feeling overdressed (as you may have guessed, I often feel this way.) Every year, I pull out this 50’s emerald green satin evening bag. My top is old Forever 21, and the amazing velvet skirt (another literal interpretation of the season) is 80’s Fiorucci. I’m also wearing some huge sparkly earrings from a mall kiosk to complete the ensemble.

As for this year’s ensemble, I’m still deciding. But sparkles, bright red and sequins will definitely make an appearance- and so, hopefully will better outfit shots!

 

 

 

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