6 (Non-Tacky) Ways to Wear Red and Green for the Holidays

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Whenever I think of wearing red and green together for Christmas, I think of a grandma sweater with blinking Christmas lights, appliqué reindeer, and probably even cats somewhere on it. Not exactly my style, and probably not yours either. But there’s just something about red and green together that feels so festive, and it turns out you can actually wear it a ton of different ways without looking tacky!

Last year I shared 10 non-tacky ways to wear red and green together for the holidays, and today I’m back with 6 more. Bust out all those red and green pieces, because it’s time to get festive!!

1. Plaid and Olive


Plaid dress from Old Navy, $20 (on sale!) / Similar jacket from Old Navy, $44 / Tights from Target, $8 / Booties from Sole Society, $89.95

For those bright red patterned pieces, tone it down with a muted green like this army green military jacket. And although the red is gorgeous and super festive, covering up a lot of it with the jacket and toning it down with the black tights and shoes makes it just the right amount of bold without being overwhelming.

2. Kelly Green and Maroon


 Similar dress from Zappos, $108 / Similar vest from Target, $24.49 / Similar tights from Target, $8/ Similar heels from Target, $27.99

This bright green dress is usually a summer choice for me, but when paired with the right pieces it can feel very festive and Christmas-y. Instead of pairing it with an equally bright red (which would be super tacky), I chose a muted dark maroon and then finished the look with a fur vest which covers up some of the bright green dress and adds a touch of glam. You could also throw on some sparkly jewelry and a bold red lip — just make sure it’s a slightly darker red rather than bright red!

3. Balanced Colors


Similar buffalo plaid top from Nordstrom, $48 / Similar scarf from Old Navy, $15 / Similar jeans from Old Navy, $32 (on sale!) / White Converse sneakers from Kohls, $44.99

To keep yourself out of “tacky territory,” don’t pair bright red and bright green with each other. Here I chose a bright red shirt and scarf, but then paired them with muted olive green pants. This is a perfect festive casual outfit!

4. Holiday Pattern Mixing


Similar sweatshirt from 6pm, $26.99 / Similar scarf from Kohls, $9.99 / Skirt from Old Navy, $12 (on sale!) / Red socks from Old Navy, $10 for a 2-pack / Booties from Sole Society, $89.95

Pattern mixing with Christmas colors is definitely allowed. In fact, it makes the pairing of holiday colors even less noticeable. Here I paired buffalo plaid red with camouflage green and then completed the look with a black and white striped skirt. Also, if you want to add a touch of red to your outfit, try socks! I think they look so cute when they’re tucked into booties!

5. All in the Accessories


I got this Leanne Barlow skirt last year and have dubbed it my official holiday skirt. It’s so festive and fun, but it’s also super bright. Stay away from bright greens and keep your green element small since the skirt is big and full. I went with a hunter green crossbody bag and then a striped turtleneck.

6. Little Red Dress


 Similar dress from Zappos, $99 / Red heels from Shoedazzle, $9.99 / Similar scarf from Urban Outfitters, $44

A little red dress is a must-have for any holiday wardrobe, and this one is my favorite. Since it’s such a bold color, I went with a full bold look with red shoes as well. To help tone down the red, I added a large green plaid blanket scarf, which completes the look by adding a little bit of pattern and muting the red a bit.

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