I gave up Christmas sweaters fourteen years ago…and at that time, I was an avid participant often covered in bows, and bling. But, I haven’t given up the spirit of the season with my clothing…just toned it down a bit. This leads me to the monthly style tip for December.  Now, I add subtle touches, such as the star pin above. It originally came from Coldwater Creek, before they closed their stores.  I actually asked a sales girl to climb into the window to take it off a mannequin, because they were sold out in the stores. It was worth it…I wear it often this time of year.

This emerald green, sequined tank is also a good way to quietly bling some holiday magic. I also have a black one for the same purpose…to add a subtle touch.  I am someone who needs to control my urge to go over the top and I have learned new ways to do it since I turned fifty.  I want to be the chic grandmother in the room, so I learned a little less bling goes a long way.  Even my cat, Madeleine, has chosen to go with one simple accessory.

The style tip?  When you want to say Christmas or holidays, just say it with less.  There are ideas below.  (also, if you are going to an ugly Christmas sweater party, of course, pull out the gawdiest sweat shirt on the rack…and have fun!)

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