Merry Kitschy Christmas: A Guide To The Best Tacky Seasonal Outfits

Merry Kitschy Christmas: A Guide To The Best Tacky Seasonal Outfits

Because why stop at sweaters when light-up skirts are a thing?
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Remember in the mid-2000s or so when tacky Christmas sweater parties somehow became a thing? When we were kids we saw our grandmas in thick knitted cardigans emblazoned with actual jingle bells and red rickrack and stifled groans when we were shoved into similar sweaters depicting massive ornaments on a tree. Then suddenly it became cool in a tongue-in-cheek way to don a tacky sweater for the holidays - the tackier the better! Actual working Christmas lights built into the sweater? Bravo! A Chanukah sweater with knitted dreidels dangling off the shoulders? Excellent.

Celebrating the idea that tacky, kitschy Christmas is now somehow chic, why stop at Christmas sweaters? Why not don a whole outfit dedicated to the most outlandish of holiday fashions? Whether you choose to wear your Stylishly Tacky Christmas Outfit to Disney World, to the mall to meet Santa, in your home decorating your tree, or in your annual family photo, here is where to find the best of the wonderfully tacky!

The Oblong Box Shop's Hostess Holiday Dress, $140


Look like you stepped right out of an actual vintage Christmas card in this frock depicting...well, girls wearing Christmas frocks! It's so meta and retro-cool all at once. The shoulder ties are a cute detail!

The Oblong Box Shop's Holiday Cocktails Wiggle Dress, $110


Look like you stepped right out of a "Mad Men" Christmas episode in a dress that would make Joan Holloway jealous! This dress would be a huge hit at a holiday party, cheekily referencing all the eggnog everyone is sure to down and ensuring very merry spirits all around.

The Oblong Box Shop's Kitschy Christmas Novelty Print Circle Skirt, $120

Maybe you're feeling a skirt rather than an entire dress? This skirt is perfect for you. All you need is a cute vintage Christmas brooch and a petticoat. Now enjoy flouncing around in public and make everyone wish they, too, had a border of Christmas trees on the hem of their clothing.

The Oblong Box Shop's Gold Lamé Double Cross Pinup Top in Gold, $45


Gold lamé can sometimes be a questionable decision. Not, however, around the holidays! If you're not quite ready to take the plunge with a full-on kitschy novelty print on your clothing, start off small with this gold top! Pair it with a red velvet skirt for Christmas and a tight black pencil skirt for New Year's Eve - or go all out and pair it with the holiday printed skirt of your dreams!

Erstwilder's The Bite Before Christmas Gingerbread Brooch, $29.95


No tacky holiday look would be complete without the perfect accessories! Tacky Bonus Points if you pair this with a sweater that has actual gingerbread men emblazoned on the front and a headband with a big red bow.

Nothing puts you in the holiday spirit quite like a tacky sweater party, so if you're feeling festive enough, why not throw one? At the very least, you can RSVP knowing you'll have a truly killer outfit. Now that you're properly outfitted for the season, take on all the holiday parties and own your seasonal tackiness!


Cover Image Credit: The Oblong Box Shop

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semicolon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.


2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."


3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.


4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."


5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."


6. Greek symbol of Inguz: Where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."


8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya).


9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty, and artistic creativity.


10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love, and creativity or to put yourself into whatever you do.


11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from "The Hobbit." It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.


13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength and stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.


16. A glyph means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."


18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe and the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can remind us of the inconsistency of life. It also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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The Many Stages Leading Up To Your 21st Birthday

All birthdays before this one just seem so much less important.

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Maybe you're not a college student and maybe you're old enough that when you were in college the drinking age was 18 and this was never an issue. For the rest of us though, currently enduring frat parties and the anxiety of that comes with needing a fake ID to get into a bar, the agony of waiting to for your 21st birthday is something to which we all can relate.

1. You drag yourself to frat parties and pretend they'll be just as fun as the bar.

Making sure your name is on the list prior to being allowed in to a sweaty, decrepit frat house definitely gets old, along with having to endure the taste of stale beer and Franzia. Going to the bathroom alone, with the lack of toilet paper and the realization it has likely never been cleaned comes with its own issues making the agony of not being able to go to the bar instead that much worse.

2. Your stuck watching your older friends celebrate theirs long before you.

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Sure, you're excited for them and it's an excuse for you all to celebrate, but you secretly wish it was you. The days of stressing about plans, hoping they would get in, and trying to find other plans if they couldn't are over for them while you're stuck behind wondering how you'll survive the wait.

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While you know it's only one night and you likely won't care what you're wearing once you're out, you obsess over how you'll look the first time you walk in a bar and order your first legal drink. Hours and hours are spent shopping for the perfect outfit. Minor panic ensues over whether you'll be warm enough for the walk there, cool enough for the crowded bar or if you'll suddenly hate what you picked out when it's finally time to wear it.

4. The days seem to be going by slower than usual.

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Whenever anyone mentions your birthday is coming up, you can't help but let them know exactly know how many days until it arrives, right down to the hour. It's not like your counting or anything.

5. You stress about how to get the perfect Instagram on the day.

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So many thoughts run through your head despite knowing your followers will likely barely glance at your photo as they scroll through their feed: Do I buy those jumbo letter balloons I've seen nearly every other girl pose beside? Can I manage to get a picture of the exact moment I pop the champagne? Is it completely unoriginal to use "twenty fun" in my caption?

6. The day finally arrives.

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The wait is over. Wow, that was fast. It suddenly seems ridiculous that you spent so much time obsessing about the time when you could finally order a drink without having to focus on not looking guilty. You secretly hope you'll get carded just so you can let them know that YES you are legal.

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