Friends Don't Let Friends Wear Appliqued Vests

So I was going to make this post a Bad Decision Tuesday, because a) I figured we were due for one of those, and b) I found an awesome stash of pictures featuring my dinner-plate-sized glasses the other day, as well as another one I plan to turn into a photo essay soon entitled That Year I Dressed Like a Dude. But then I realized hey, who needs a Bad Decision Tuesday featuring terrible fashion choices from the past when I could just write a regular old blog post featuring terrible fashion choices from the party I just got home from fifteen minutes ago? 

Before you start questioning my sanity, my choice in friends, and whether or not I've been hitting the eggnog a little too hard lately, I should mention that this was an Ugly Holiday Sweater Party, in which all participants were invited to don their most hideous holiday finery and look terrible together. On purpose. Not actually having any hideous holiday finery (thank goodness), Sean and I hit the Goodwill the night before, where for the princely sum of $3.49, I found this awesome reindeer-patterned vest:

You may also notice Sean in the background there in his shiny Christmas tree tie, a tie so authentically awful that it came with its very own soup stain on the front---at least I hope it was soup---which I sort of thought was pretty much the best part. He looks like a really creepy geography teacher at an all-girls boarding school who still lives with his mother and plays World Of Warcraft in the evenings in his bedroom while eating tuna sandwiches with the crusts cut off and drinking milky tea. Uh, not to put too fine a point on it or anything. 

The mastermind behind this display of holiday cheer was my friend Kristin, who rented a room in a (normally) very chic bar in order to let us express ourselves through the medium of fashion. Since I'm leaving for Singapore tomorrow, and therefore missing all the holiday parties, I was super excited at the chance to at least attend one.  And in fact you could argue that I even attended it twice---or at least in two different outfits, because OH MY GOD, DID I MENTION MY VEST WAS REVERSIBLE? Oh yes, it was baby: reindeers on one side, weird Christmas-themed tassels on the other. I totally switched it inside out halfway through to get the best of both worlds. But then did you ever expect that I wouldn't?

(PS: I also got to meet one of my frequent commenters, which was super exciting for me! Of course, I'd rather not have done it while wearing the dorkiest vest known to man---especially since her holiday sweater was SUSPICIOUSLY UNDORKY, and in fact something extremely cute that I'd probably actually buy if I saw it on the rack at Old Navy---but still. Hi, Sensibly Sassy! Nice to have met you! I don't normally dress like this, I swear!)

Camels & Chocolate
Dec 09, 2008

Haha, niiiice. I'll try to upload my pics and post in a timely manner tomorrow.

P.S. I love that the ad that appears below the above post is for a suicide hotline. Appropriate? I think so.

Dec 10, 2008

I totally want to have a party like this now! How awesome.

Dec 10, 2008

Would you mind overnighting me your vest? Because I have a similar such party on Friday and not a thing to wear.

Dec 10, 2008

What a fantastic idea for a party. Horrifying clothes, but fantastic idea.
House of Jules

amber of theambershow
Dec 10, 2008

Your friends are so cool!

Dec 10, 2008

pure brilliance. there is nothing like an ugly christmas sweater. oh i wish i could find the one i had as a kid - it even came with little balls hanging off the xmas tree.

holly, you've inspired me to checkout and scan old photos from my questionable years as well when i go home to toronto in a few weeks. oh my word, what will we have there? and you can believe that no one does ugly sweaters better than the crazy people up north.

Operation Pink Herring
Dec 10, 2008

It almost looks like Jemima's sweater has some 3-d elements... PLEASE tell me it's one of those sweaters where the kitten's hair is made from loose yarn! Uh, not I'm too familiar with those types of sweaters because people WEAR THEM AROUND MY OFFICE at Christmastime or anything.

Dec 10, 2008

"really creepy geography teacher at an all-girls boarding school who still lives with his mother and plays World Of Warcraft in the evenings.." Oh. My. God! SO well-described!

Abigail M Schilling
Dec 10, 2008

I have a confession.

I totally used to have a vest almost exactly like that.

It was holly sprigs on one side and candy canes on the reverse. I wore it with a green or red turtleneck and A JINGLE BELL NECKLACE.

I bought it (with hard-earned babysitting money) from our next door neighbor at her Annual Christmas Craft Boutique in her living room.

Dec 10, 2008

I have to say, you're kind of rocking it.

Dec 10, 2008

Well at least Sean didn't look like my creepy 10th grade science teacher who wore very tight acid washed jeans with a tucked in polo shirt who swaggered around with a Diet Pepsi permanently attached to one hand while winking at all the girls.

Dec 10, 2008

This is really fantastic- looks like a lot of fun. Some friends of mine are having an Office Christmas Party, which I suspect will be similar!

Dec 10, 2008

I only know one holiday sweater that could top some of those and it happens to be owned by my grandmother. It is a black cardigan with bejeweled six inch tall menorahs. Each candle is a different color jewel.

She is Methodist.

That is right, my Methodist grandmother wears a Hanukkah sweater as a Christmas sweater. (Even to church!) I tried to explain it to her one year and she totally missed the point. Even missed the point when a Jewish woman came up to her and complimented her on her Hanukkah sweater and told her how hard they were to find!!

Dec 10, 2008

Laura, that is HILARIOUS.

Sensibly Sassy
Dec 10, 2008

hehe, thanks for not thinking I was an unbelievable weirdo! And hey I can't help it if my Goodwill is incredibly chic, it was the dorkiest sweater I could find. Say hi to your dad for me! ;)

Dec 11, 2008

I love the party idea - those are some horrendous sweaters all of you were sporting but you looked like you had a fantastic time!

Is Sean going with you to Singapore now that you are engaged?

Dec 11, 2008

How much fun…what an awesome party idea! And you guys look an ugly sweater kinda way, of course! This actually reminds me of a text message I received around this time last year from my 21 yr old sister...I believe it went something like this "aunt joan is wearing a light up xmas sweater. thats right IT LIGHTS UP."
My aunt (aged 56) has a penchant for the "festive" christmas sweater...and she isn't being ironic. Needless to say, my sister and I are constantly amused!

Dec 12, 2008

Wait, that dude's just wearing a vest with cardinals. Granted, it's stoopid, and too small for him, to add to the dorkiness factor, but it's just cardinals.

That ain't holiday-themed...

Dec 12, 2008

Bwah! That's awesome. We're going to that exact same kind of party next week, and I just went to my parent's house yesterday and picked up my attire. My otherwise sane mother managed to unearth a sweatshirt she decorated long, long ago, and is graciously donating it to the cause. It features one (1) green puffy paint Christmas tree, and nine hundered thirty-seven (937) small trinkets and do-bobs attached as ornaments. I'm entirely positive that one of the trinkets is, in fact, a partridge in a pear tree.
If only it came with some sort of reversible feature, though. Then, THEN, it would be perfect.

Have fun in Singapore!

Dec 15, 2008

I love it! I want to come to next year's party!