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5 Ways To Match Your Clothes To Your Rosh Hashanah Dishes

Are you the kind of person who insists on matching the polish on your fingernails to your toenails? Does the idea of print mixing stress you out? Do you ascribe to arcane style rules like matching your bag to your shoe?

Well, luckily for all you anal-retentive ladies, I have a proposal that will blow your mind: What if, for Rosh Hashanah this year, you match your carefully purchased outfit to the food you specially prepare? It will blow your guests’ minds when they realize how perfectly coordinated everything is: from the food to the silverware to the dishes to you, the hostess.

Honey + Self Portrait

Self Portrait Bellis Sleeveless High-Neck Lace Sheath Dress, $475, neimanmarcus.com Image by Neiman marcus

Honey is sweet, but in it’s purest form, it’s got a bit of a bitter edge in its aftertaste. So go for this Self Portrait dress; the lace has the perfect amount of sweetness, and that bow around the neck is practically precious. But the blocks of sheer give it a bit of an edge.

Pomegranate + Maje

Maje ‘Remania’ ruffled satin-crepe midi dress, $395, netaporter.com

Pomegranates are tart and ruby red. And, luckily for you, guess what is the IT color of the season? You guessed it, red. Luscious, rich shades of red. From bright vermillion to deep claret, the options are endless. And this crimson Maje dress is a major statement without any embellishments or frou-frou; it’s a power dress for a powerful woman like yourself.

Brisket + Prabal

Prabal Gurung Velvet Dot Dress, $1,995, bergdorfgoodman.com Image by Bergdorf Goodman

Brisket is meaty, juicy and a touch sweet — a savory cornucopia of flavor and tradition. If done right, brisket should be so tender that a fork could cut through it. The dress equivalent of this complicated concoction? Velvet is back and softer than ever, and this romantic Prabal Gurung red velvet dress fits the bill. It’s red, like the blood that was drained from the cow the brisket came from. It’s thick and meaty, yet delicate enough that a fork pointed in the wrong direction could spell disaster for the dress. Avoid sharp objects at all costs.

Fish Head + Marni

Marni Sleeveles Sequin Dress, $8,570, modaoperandi.com

Fish heads may not be the most appetizing dish, but it’s just weird enough to be interesting, maybe even the centerpiece of your meal (although consume with squeamish caution). Like the fish, embrace the weird and the different. Be bold and go sci-fi. Glittery, deconstructed looks dominated the runway as global warming makes the idea of intergalactic travel increasingly appealing. This Marni dress is perfect: It’s got large sequins, like the scales of a kosher fish; it’s even got a sinuous band of sequins that look strikingly similar to the fins of these colorful aquatic creatures.

Tzimmes + Junya

Junya Watanabe Patchwork tartan wool-blend, faux fur and faux fur dress, $1,480

Tzimmes is spicy yet sweet. Made with bright orange carrots, yet mixed with dried fruit like raisins or prunes. Contradictions is key with a good tzimmes, so mixing prints is the way to go here. Patchwork prints is the most fashion-forward way to mix your prints these days, and this Junya Watanabe is a wearable recipe of disparate “ingredients”: wool stitched to faux fur, faux fur stitched to leather. If you manage to confuse and bewilder your guests wearing this dress, you have succeeded.

Michelle Honig is a writer at the Forward. Contact her at honig@forward.com. Find her on Instagram and Twitter.

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