Something appropriate is correct and fits the situation. A sweater-vest with reindeer on it is appropriate holiday apparel, even if it's totally embarrassing.

The adjective appropriate is used when something is suitable or fitting. It comes from the Latin appropriare, which means "to make something fit, to make something one's own." Going back even further, appropriate is related to the Latin word proprius, "to belong to a person, thing, or group." Another appropriate way to use this word is as a verb, meaning to steal or seize something, the way you'd appropriate your sister's sandwich if she left it sitting near you.

Definitions of appropriate
  1. adjective
    suitable for a particular person, place, condition, etc.
    “a book not appropriate for children”
    “it seems that an apology is appropriate
    appropriate to
    the quality of ability and work that is appropriate for students in a specified grade
    exactly suited to the occasion
    proper, right
    appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs
    of an appropriate or pertinent nature
    marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness
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    not suitable for a particular occasion etc
    not befitting
    improper, wrong
    not appropriate for a purpose or occasion
    of an inappropriate or incorrectly applied nature
    not suitable or right or appropriate
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  2. verb
    take possession of by force, as after an invasion
    synonyms: capture, conquer, seize
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    capture after a fight
    type of:
    arrogate, assume, seize, take over, usurp
    seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession
  3. verb
    give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
    synonyms: allow, earmark, reserve, set aside
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    type of:
    allot, assign, portion
    give out
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