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Remember the hideous reindeer sweater foisted on Colin Firth’s character in Bridget Jones’s Diary? The ultimate badge of dorkiness, these layering pieces boasting appliquéd holiday themes (snowmen, Christmas trees, Santa Claus) are now regularly ridiculed with “Seasonal Sweater Soirees” (look it up on YouTube). But maybe the ire is misplaced and, with a sense of humor, the right accessories and plenty of holiday cheer, seasonal sweaters can earn a place in our wardrobes. After all, even “mom jeans” are making a comeback.

Here, Xpress gives it a try. Mary Jo Marshall models.

Try this on

Fans of hit Bravo TV show Project Runway probably caught the recent episode where contestant Victorya Hong designed a plaid trapeze dress and shrunken vest ensemble for actress-turned-clothing maven Sarah Jessica Parker. Parker named Hong’s creation the winner. The reward? That outfit was adopted as part of Parker’s BITTEN line holiday collection. Buy the stretch cotton dress ($19.98) and plaid vest ($14.98) locally at Steve & Barry’s (800 Brevard Rd., Asheville, 667-0778).


The phone number for the Haberdashery was listed incorrectly in the Dec. 5 issue of Xpress. Reach the clothing boutique at 252-2878.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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