Clinton Kelly (Getty Images)
“I have some rules for Christmas sweaters,” the 43-year-old tells omg!. “I think that you are only allowed to wear them if you are actually a grandmother who is in the process of baking cookies with your grandkids and you have no intention of leaving the house [laughs]. That’s the only time I’m going to cut you some slack on the Christmas sweater.” However, there are a few exceptions. “I’ve actually seen some holiday-style sweaters that I don’t mind that much,” he admits. “I saw one with a reindeer – not an appliqué reindeer, one that was knit into the sweater. I don’t mind them so, so much. But when you start getting into three-dimensionality – snowmen, pompoms, bells, batteries! – I think you have to draw the line.”
So now that we have the don’ts established, how about the dos? “Nothing says holidays and celebrating like shine,” says Kelly, whose TLC fashion series returns to TV on January 3. “There’s something about the dreary weather of the winter that requires a little shine to bring some life into the situation. As far as clothing, I would recommend instead of the classic bright red Christmas sweater, go with deeper, richer tones – this season oxblood is a really big color and that’s perfect for the holidays. So instead of doing the literal red or green, look for shades that are a little bit off of those.”
Oh yes he did! Kelly wore an ugly Christmas sweater on 'The Chew.' (Getty Images)
Kelly’s holiday plans involve spending time with his husband, Damon Bayles, and their families – and feasting on good food. The main course at his house will be inspired by a recipe he learned from one of his chef pals from his other show – ABC’s “The Chew.” “Michael Symon just showed me how to make a delicious slow-baked ham that has a jalapeño glaze,” shares Kelly. He’ll also be making his own Green Bean Casserole with Caramelized Onions and Puff Pastry (see the recipe), which he created with Sargento. “I decided I was going to make this really good version of the classic green bean casserole. I took the base of what you would make with a mac and cheese – I basically made this amazing cheese sauce with Sargento cheese – and I put fresh green beans that I blanched, and baked that with a puffed pastry crust. Amazing!”
Speaking of “The Chew” – the daytime food and lifestyles series which also stars Mario Batali, Carla Hall, and Daphne Oz – we had to know which one of Kelly’s co-hosts he would like to makeover. “I’m so not answering that question,” Kelly laughs.
Kelly with Mario Batali (Getty Images)
So maybe that holiday sweater doesn’t have to go in the donation pile after all. If you really want to wear it on Christmas morning, knock yourself out! And have a happy holiday.
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