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At last year?s Christmas dinner, our favorite nipped-waist peplum shirt thwarted our attempts to down a second slice of Aunt Jane?s pecan pie. Lesson learned: Dress to indulge.
This year, our strategic holiday outfit is a flowy, one-size-fits-all blouse over an elastic-waist skirt or a pair of sleek (but secretly stretchy) pants.

The top comes just in time for office cookie swaps courtesy of January Prints, a local design studio helmed by Chicagoan Michelle Vondiziano. (She also designs pillows, sheets and other accessories for Unison Home.)

Vondiziano?s custom prints are festive without screaming ?Jingle Bells?--they could easily transition to spring and summer.

The blouses? boxy cuts and roomy batwing sleeves give them a sophisticated, forgiving shape that works whether you?re devoted to Flywheel?s calorie-busting holiday challenge or you?ve skipped a few classes in favor of more turkey.

Choose from a hypnotic red-and-blue dash pattern in pure silk broadcloth or a 1980s-inspired batik polka-dot motif in a silk and cotton blend. Both cost $135 and are sold at the new Logan Square boutique Tusk.

More fruitcake? Yes, please.
Tusk, 3205 W. Armitage Ave.;

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