It’s going to be a weird holiday, this much we know. While I usually find myself searching for the most festive attire this time of year, I can’t seem to summon the urge to wear anything without a stretchy waistband. And that’s OK—I snagged a great sweatsuit that will look just lovely with a bit of jewelry and maybe a hair accessory.
As I yearn for things to be comfortable this holiday season, I’ve found myself reflecting on Christmases of the past: what I wore, what I ate, the top holiday song of that year (though is it ever by anyone other than Mariah Carey?). It seems weird to focus on things like clothing and jewelry, but attire has always been a massive hallmark of the holidays for me.
And I got to thinking back to when I was really young—like, ’N Sync posters covering my walls young—and I randomly remembered this pair of jingle bell earrings that I was obsessed with one holiday. And in this moment I’m finding such comfort in their memory, these cheap, festive tokens that made Christmas just a little more special. I wore them everywhere: to school, to the annual holiday craft fair I loved visiting with my grandmother, to family gatherings.
You won’t sound like a four-horse sleigh everywhere you go (I really do miss those jingle bell earrings, apparently), but pieces like these will certainly have you feeling festive this holiday season, something everyone could probably use. But what’s better, styles like these aren’t strictly seasonal; though they touch on certain themes of the holiday—red and green, snowflakes or stars, bells—you wouldn’t find yourself putting them away after you ring in the new year.