The Situation: Annual Family Gathering
It’s Christmas Eve and your family gathers every year, from all over the country, to celebrate being a family and enjoying the holidays together. If your family is anything like mine, after a delicious meal of all your favorite foods, the night will end with a rowdy game of catch phrase, phase 10, or dare I even mention it…a dangerous game of spoons! As it is a tradition to come all together once a year, you might want to dress in a festive fashion but also remain comfortable. This season, I suggest pulling out your Nordic sweater that may or may not have been hidden in your drawer from years past already. Admittedly, you might have only worn them before at the annual “ugly Christmas sweater” party, but designers have done what designers do best and the made the not so popular, popular again. Whether you are a recent recruit or already a Nordic sweater aficionado, these new designs are great looking on anyone at any age.
Originally from Norway, Nordic sweaters are called by its name because it is made using the Nordic knitting technique. In the beginning, they were only offered in plain black or white because these were the sheep’s natural colors. Soon to follow, knitters began combining these two colors to create patterns in a “V” shape. These patterns then evolved into more colors and elaborate designs woven on the upper part of the sweater. The reason for the location of these new patterns was for the fact that Nordic people tucked their sweaters far down into baggy pants. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way since the 1800’s and don’t need to tuck thick sweaters into our pants. So, I suggest pairing a version of these beautiful sweaters with great fitting denim or a fitted trouser to this year’s Christmas extravaganza and save the gingerbread man sweater for the “ugly Christmas sweater” party.
The Situation: Office Christmas Party
When the words, “office Christmas party” are brought to my attention, I always revert back to my favorite show, The Office, where the boss, Michael Scott, will inevitably do something idiotic or wear a costume as ridiculous as a James Bond Santa outfit. While I hope your parties are just as fun, you can still dress to impress while not wearing your normal 9-5 work attire. If your party is during or right after work, choose an eye-catching piece such as a red velvet blazer. The rich color mixed with the plush fabric offers a sophisticated yet fun look while still wearing your dress pants. If the fun filled get together is later in the evening, try a classic navy, silk or velvet dress, with a cardigan or blazer over it, wrapped in a belt. Clean cut pieces like these allow you to show a more relaxed side while still keeping that professional feel. Just remember not to pull a “Meredith” and drink too much of the office punch. No clothes can save you from your actions!
To all of my readers, Merry Christmas! May your travels be safe, time enjoyable, and gatherings well dressed!