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.
Primary Meanings of appropriate
suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc
take possession of by force, as after an invasion
adj suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc
the quality of ability and work that is appropriate for students in a specified grade
exactly suited to the occasion
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