How To Wear All Red Without Looking Like Santa Claus

When the holidays arrive, we typically find ourselves shamelessly swiping a cookie or two from Santa's milk-and-cookie platter. After all, is "he" really going to eat all of those sugary confections? Impossible. But, even though we share similar appetites, that doesn't mean we'd ever want to don jolly ol' St. Nick's festive suit ourselves — well, save for costume parties. Even though the holidays are a time to experiment with bold colors, sparkly embellishments, and outfits we don't necessarily have an opportunity to wear otherwise, there's a fine line between holiday-chic and Kris Kringle. So, we sourced some inspiration from Akris for a cocktail-ready look that's the perfect balance of festive and fashionable. Introducing: the all-red ensemble. Feel free to ditch the black-on-black for a monochrome tone like berry or oxblood that reflects your holiday spirit without the aggressiveness of a fire-engine-red hue. Keep your makeup natural and your accessories neutral for a finished style that's not the least bit overdone.
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