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Kristin Booker • December 2, 2013

Holiday Style: Embellished Sweatshirts

Photo: giafrese

Photo: giafrese

Ok, so let’s say that this whole holiday dressing thing has you thrown: your little black dress is giving you the “Not this season” look and you’re trying to avoid the whole holiday sweater conundrum (exactly how cool is it to show up in a lighted reindeer sweater from 1989 for the third decade in a row?) Where do you turn and what do you do, because comfort is key and you just can’t do fitted, painful and anxiety-producing this season.

Photo: giafrese

Photo: giafrese

Here’s my suggestion: try an embellished sweatshirt. This trend is all over the mags and it was one of the most welcome hangovers from last season. Basically, it’s a soft sweatshirt that’s suddenly glamorous enough to work with the sleekest pieces in your wardrobe. It’s the ultimate in casual cool and clearly I’m into it, as evidenced from this snapshot of one of the four I currently own. This one is from J.Crew.

The benefits don’t stop with mere comfort, dear fashion fans. Oh no: you’ve also been spared the whole jewelry conversation. Giant necklace vs. dangling earrings? Not your problem: the sweatshirt IS the main event wardrobe piece AND it’s the jewelry. Simple studs or a pretty gemstone/pearl combination is all you need. Throw them on with waxed skinnies, a pencil skirt and ankle booties, leather shorts with tights and peep-toe booties: the possibilities are endless. Add a red lip and you’re out the door.

Below is a gallery of my absolute favorites that are available now at a variety of price points. From weekend to holiday wonderland, THIS is the holiday item I’d grab and wear this season.

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