Saturday, November 11, 2006

If You Must: Holiday-Themed Garments and Footwear

Originally uploaded by Peacebang.

If you simply must do Christmas themed footwear, let it be something wild and whimsical (and painful enough to break you of the habit) like this:
JUST KIDDING, little elves!

And not these. I get a cavity just looking at them:

holiday horror

As we approach Advent, please consider what kind of statement you are making with overly cutesie-poo reindeer, sweater and Santa Claus sweaters, sweatshirts and earrings. Every time you wear those big candy cane earrings, you're unconsciously visually allying yourself not with the spirit of Christ, but with the mall. Consider: do you really need to contribute to the visual cacophany that is the holiday season? Is it festive or is it garish?

Try this instead: Add a bit of sparkle. Wear a bright, beautiful tie. Shine your shoes and wear red socks. Wear winter white and beautiful boots. There's no need to dress like a nursery school teacher this season. That's not who you are.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a great Nancy Pelosi fashion article in the Washington Post this week describing the Armani pantsuit worn the day after the election. But my favorite part:
"The California Democrat was dressed in a blue-gray pantsuit with a blouse in a similar but slightly deeper hue. She wore a necklace that was a complementary mix of colors. Nowhere on her person did there appear to be a flag, an eagle or any other booming statement of patriotism that can so quickly transform a workday ensemble into a Fourth of July costume. Holding a news conference in front of flags was plenty; she did not feel compelled to drape herself in one."

Ditto to pastors: there are other ways we can convey that Christmas is soon upon us. A nice purple (or blue) stole works best.

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Kit said...

Could we perhaps do neither? Both pictures show very ugly footwear, which would coordinate well with no possible outfit. The lower picture shows footwear that would at least be comfortable to wear - possible use as slippers at home on the big day itself. One could do shoes in some sort of metallic look for holiday dressy events, but only in the evening. Decorate the tree, don't be the tree.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Princess Pinky said...

**laughing maniacally**
I must know where you found the shoes in pic 1.
I do believe they would help teach a co-worker a lesson. She started wearing a Christmas sweater (with real twinkling lights on the tree) the day after halloween!!! PB, I hope
your reader don't need to hear this, but a garment should NEVER need batteries!

11:18 PM  
Blogger PeaceBang said...

Amen,amen, jledmiston! And Pinky, the batteries comment is so true!
Listen, those shoes were a lark. I have no idea where I found them. Personally, I would totally wear them with a black suit, but that's just me. I think they'd be very whimsical at a holiday party.

8:20 AM  
Anonymous jinnis said...

thanks for the comment on Pelosi, jledmiston. I'm SO over the men who are stuck in the red tie-white shirt-and blue suit for the cameras.

8:58 AM  

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