Clinton Kelly: Yes, do amp up the sparkle in your outfit! This is really important because you’re not incorporating those bright, vibrant, happy colors that you normally would during the spring/summer, so you have to create happiness by adding lots of shine.
CK: Don’t be so literal. Sometimes people think they need to rock that Santa Clause red or Christmas tree green for the holidays, but oxblood, forest green or any sort of jewel tone color works just as well. Also, for New Year’s, don’t wear a shoe you can’t dance in! That’s a big no-no.
CK: If you have a lot of red in your skin (rosacea, broken capillaries, etc.), you have to be careful about wearing red because it’ll only draw attention to these things. On the other hand, if you have an olive or yellow undertone, mustard is the absolute worst color you can don. Another tricky color to pull off is black. It brings out the black in skin (think dark circles and wrinkles), which can make you appear older. Cream is also hard for women with cream-colored skin to sport. Your complexion has to be perfect or else it’ll exacerbate those little flaws.
CK: I’m really into printed and colored denim right now. It’s such a nice way to do a casual, polished holiday look, especially if you’re just celebrating Christmas with your family around the house.
CK: Christmas sweaters should just absolutely be illegal unless worn with some sense of irony! If you’re going to an ugly Christmas sweater party, then it’s OK.
CK: Don’t forget about yourself. American women tend to be caretakers and often put themselves last on the priority list over the course of the year. So this holiday season, I would say wear something that makes you feel really good and really excited. Because a happier, prettier you only makes your family happy.
CK: At an office party, make sure the taste level is high. You have to remember that this is a work function. Don’t wear anything that’s sexually provocative, whether it’s your place of work or your partner’s. Photographs don’t go away anymore. Now they get posted on Facebook and live forever, so keep it classy. I actually recently teamed up with Sargento Cheese to give one lucky person a “Taste Intervention.” Entrants uploaded their quirky holiday photos for a chance to win a $10,000 makeover and a free online consultation with me.
CK: When it comes to gift giving, never give a gift that has a size label in it. It’s a no win situation, unless it’s for your daughter and she’s a teen and you know her size really well. For example, if your friend is a size eight and you buy her a size eight and it doesn’t fit her, then you’ve made her feel bad about herself. Or if it’s too big and baggy, she’ll be like, “OMG, I can’t believe she gave me that size!” Think a beautiful cashmere scarf or a hat — cashmere is one of those things people love but won’t buy for themselves. You also can’t go wrong with gorgeous jewelry.
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