Campy and kitschy looks for an unforgettable holiday season
10 outrageous products to add to your holiday outfits
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The holidays are the perfect time of the year to get campy. Those ugly sweater parties and white elephant gift exchanges are tailor-made opportunities to lean into kitsch and blur the lines between good and bad taste. Celebrities have been doing it for years now— remember when Beyoncé dressed up as a Christmas tree? Or when Lady Gaga also dressed like a Christmas tree? You get the point. Get festive this year with 10 pieces that embrace the inherent camp of the holiday season, with all its bright and over-the-top colors, tinsel, and textures.
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For so many sequins: Boohoo Sequin Disc Oversized Blazer Party Dress
A touch of sequins is a great detail for many looks, and one might not immediately think of them as tacky. On the other hand, this Sequin Disc Oversized Blazer Party Dress from Boohoo takes sequins to the max, giving us a holiday statement piece that’s sure to shimmer. The blazer dress uses reflective red paillettes (which are typically larger and move more freely on the garment than sequins) to make a shockingly bold statement. What we love most about this blazer dress is how attention-grabbing it is—you’ll be the talk of the holiday party. Shop women’s sizes 4 to 14.
For a super cool suit: Snowman Is An Island Blazer and Tie
The Snowman Is An Island Blazer and Tie is sure to keep you cool as ice this season. Its aqua color feels like a vintage prom suit, and the snowman pattern is fun and playful for any holiday party or occasion. Shop this jacket in men’s sizes 36 to 52 with a matching tie included. The pants are sold separately but come in men’s pant sizes 31 to 38.
For a playful purse: Kitsch Flamingo Santa Hat Crossbody
Feeling camp-curious and not quite ready to commit to a fully-sequined dress? The easiest way to introduce camp into your look is through a bold accessory. And that’s certainly the case with this Kitsch Flamingo Santa Hat Crossbody from Betsey Johnson. Made of a glitter textile and shaped like, well, a flamingo wearing a santa hat, this bag is the statement piece of the season.
For a tie that’ll light up the night: Light-Up Sweater Tie
Wondering what to wear to your holiday office party? Keep it business casual (okay, very casual) with Spilsbury’s Light-Up Sweater Tie. Featuring six bright LED lights and three flash modes, and made of a cozy sweater material, this tie is a fun combination of an ugly sweater and an ugly tie. The result is so bad, it’s good.
For a take on tinsel: Tiered Fringe Tinsel Pants
Who said that tinsel was just for your tree? Nasty Gal’s Tiered Fringe Tinsel Pants are colorful, shiny and vibrant. These pants are practically designed to be danced in, as the fringe will move and swing each time you do. Featuring multiple tiers from the high waist down to the flared pant leg, the silhouette is simultaneously flattering and funky. And the layers of tinsel feature a variety of colors, making these pants an untraditional and totally flamboyant holiday look. Shop in women’s sizes 0 to 14.
For a bold shoe upgrade: Chauffeur Feather Mule
At first glance, these Chauffeur Feather Mules from Jeffrey Campbell could be mistaken for the Grinch’s feet. But alas—in reality they’re a sensible pair of heels with a very unsensible (but utterly fabulous) spray of feathers on top. The feathery front spills onto the floor, looking almost like a cozy slipper rather than a heel. This brilliant shoe is available in two additional colors. The purple could still be a festive addition to any outfit, while the brown is a more muted approach. Shop these in women’s half and whole sizes 6 to 10.
For an exciting earring: Holiday Spirits Earrings
These Holiday Spirit Earrings from BaubleBar are a great accessory for your holiday outfits. Featuring a bejeweled martini glass filled with ice and some olives, they’re big enough to be noticeable but not too heavy on the earlobe. If you’re keeping your holiday outfit simple this year, add these glimmering earrings for a little pop of sparkle and a big dose of fun. The red bow is a nice touch, too.
For a sashaying sweater: Blizzard Bay Men’s Ugly Christmas Sweater
We love this Blizzard Bay Men’s Ugly Christmas Sweater featuring drag icon and performer Divine. There are two designs to choose from: one featuring Divine in a white dress holding a gift, surrounded by sequined dancing figures. The other design puts Divine in a Mrs. Claus getup, joined by miniature Mrs. Clause dancing figures. It’s simultaneously comfortable and fun, and with an extra piece of tulle animating the bottom of the dresses—this sweater is sure to catch plenty of eyes. Shop in men’s sizes small to extra large.
For a sensational suit: Christmas Tree Print Women’s Suit
Save the festive plaid for the next holiday gathering. This year, go bold with a campy print. Shinesty’s Christmas Tree Print Women’s Suit kicks it up a notch, embracing a look that’s tacky in the best way. Pair the blazer with the matching skirt or go full power suit with the matching pants. Shop in women’s blazer, pant, and skirt sizes 0 to 16.
For a holiday headband: Green Reindeer Headband
Want something versatile for any holiday theme? This Green Reindeer Headband from Tipsy Elves is sure to work with any outfit to maximize your festivities. Featuring a green band, two sequined deer antlers, and a bright red bow, the accessory is a festive addition to any look. This headband is easy to grab on your way out the door when you don’t have the time to plan a more holiday-appropriate outfit. Pair it with anything you’ve already got on to infuse your outfit with a bit of Christmas spirit.
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