14 Holiday Fashion Don'ts and Dos

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December 7, 2009 5:48 PM
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Celebrity Don't

Don't overdo jewelry. A good rule of thumb: Never appear more ornamented than the Christmas tree. Ashley Tisdale, surrender some of that tinsel!
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Ben Goldstein
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Real Do

Do choose wisely. Bold, sizable pieces of jewelry aren't completely off-limits. The object is to have your accessories enhance the look, not detract from it. Pick a piece that won't overshadow a beautiful smile and flirty outfit.
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Don’t treat your backside like a holiday gift. Sticking a big bow on it will not make it look pretty. Especially if your rear is as cute as Anna Friel’s.
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Ben Goldstein
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Real Do

Do highlight your other half with a flowy fabric. The downward pull of the material will slenderize the line of your back and the fluidness will accentuate (or create the illusion of) a shapely derrière.
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Don’t fix something that isn’t broken. The little black dress has been flattering all shapes and sizes for decades. Someone as chic as Gennifer Goodwin should know this is one look that doesn’t need innovation.
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Real Do

Do jazz up the LBD with little touches of lace, cap sleeves, or some delicate detailing on the hem, but keep it simple.
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Celebrity Don't

Don't make holiday fashion literal. The antlers, the pink tutu...there's just too much wrong with Jenna Elfman's ensemble to tackle. The bottom line: Let your clothes hint that you have a wild side, not make you look like a wild animal.
Ben Goldstein
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Real Do

Do choose fabrics, colors, and designs that express your personality. A wild fringe or pieces made of raw suede allude to a sexy, unpredictable nature.
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Celebrity Don't

Don’t go overboard with the drape. We love the fabric of Natasha Alam’s blouse...we just think there’s way too much of it.
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Real Do

Do show a little skin. When attempting the drapey look, keep sleeves and hemlines short — otherwise you'll loose your shape and just look, well, drapey.
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Celebrity Don't

Don’t allow detailing to become a sideshow. The excessive frill on Bai Ling’s gown takes her look from interesting to distracting.
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Real Do

Do err on the side of elegance. A gown should be simple and sophisticated, drawing attention to your assets, not its accoutrement.
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Don’t let texture create body flaws that don’t exist. The chunky bundles of sequins on this little dress add extra bulk to Katy Perry slim frame.
Ben Goldstein
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Do be a sequin snob. Pay close attention to how they’re sewn on to the fabric. The larger the sequins and the further apart they’re spaced, the more likely they are to lie flat again your figure.