The fashion girl favorites that are best left behind during your family’s holiday gathering.
There are plenty of things to worry about during the official season of family dinners: awkward table conversations, what to gift everyone on your list, etc. Don’t let your outfit be one of them. From crop tops to head-to-toe black, here are the fashion girl go-to looks to avoid during your family’s holiday meal.
1) Fringe. A fall trend that was not intended to rule the holiday dinner table. The last thing you want is for your chic suede jacket dipped in the gravy boat—or for any relative’s kids to pull on/braid/play with your fringe tassels without proper care. Call this one a recipe for disaster.
2) Pants. Is this your first time at the rodeo? There are only so many times per year you get a real, home-cooked meal (no, Seamless doesn’t count). Don’t waste dinner by being restricted into pants. Unless they have an elastic waistband, leave them behind to ensure plenty of room for ample amounts of dessert like our forefathers intended.
3) A graphic t-shirt. Unless you want every single member of your family to read your shirt 15 times and analyze the meaning behind ‘RADARTE’ or ‘Karl is My Father’ (“WHO?”—your real dad) all night, skip the tees with the quirky sayings that will just confuse the fam.
4) That bag you spent last month’s rent on. Your spending habits are not a good topic for dinner conversation, trust me. Plus, once your relatives find out how much you spent on a tiny Chanel bag that can’t even fit leftovers, you’ll be suckered into buying their kids’ school magazine subscriptions, Girl Scout cookies and who knows what else.
5) Head-to-toe black. This may be your go-to uniform in New York, but family members outside the city will already have a list of therapists for you to choose from before the second course is served.
6) A crop top. Not even Taylor Swift would be so careless as to make this mistake. There may be plenty of cropped ensembles and sweater sets that walk the perfect line between chic and festive, but they have no place at the dinner table. Especially not when your grandma’s homemade cookies are involved.
7) Heels that could double as weapons. Spiked shoes or heels over four inches will probably make your relatives a little nervous. Other dangerous shoe territory: over-the-knee boots can escalate to a Pretty Woman moment very quickly—proceed with caution.
8) Spanx. Any Kim K-inspired body con look that requires shapewear is best left far away from the dinner table. Very far.
9) Anything that can cause a quick wardrobe malfunction. Plunging necklines. A thigh-high slit. You get the point. You’re an advocate of the #FreeTheNipple campaign, we know, but now is not the time to rally for that issue.
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10) An over-the-top ensemble. Sadly, unless you’re under the age of 8, people don’t really think it’s cute when you whip out your finest eveningwear for a casual family dinner (which is not really fair, to be honest). Unless your family hosts a holiday gala, skip the bedazzled cocktail dresses you added to your cart while gift shopping.
By Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harpers Bazaar