When deciding what to wear for this year’s holiday party (or two…or three), it may seem like family and friends are ready to go dashing through the snow while you’re left choosing between traditional duds and festive sweaters. You want to embrace the holiday spirit, but ugly Christmas sweaters are probably better left to a theme holiday party and not your family reunion. Still, you don’t have to be bland to maintain a chic look during the holiday season. By adding some sparkle and texture to your outfits, you can look festive without looking silly. From shopping to caroling, partying to a quiet night in, these outfit ideas will help you make the holiday scene in style.
Add a Little Sparkle
When in doubt, a little sparkle goes a long way in creating mature, holiday-appropriate outfits that are elevated versions of your regular look. By pairing a sequined scoop-neck tank with a sleek pair of slacks and a black blazer, you’re ready for the office holiday party. Or, swap the pants for an A-line skirt, tights, and ankle boots for your annual holiday girls’ night out. Heading to a family reunion for the holidays? Look perfectly polished by layering your sequined tank over a crisp, white button-up and a dark pair of jeans. But don’t overdo it. Choose just one sparkly item to feature and keep the rest of your outfit more conservative for a chic look.
Opt for Jewel Tones
If your perfect scene involves sipping hot cocoa by the fire or wrapping mounds of presents, you need comfort above all. You can still get a festive look, however, by selecting rich jewel tones for your winter wardrobe. A luxe cashmere sweater in a deep wine or turquoise looks perfectly at home with dark denim or over comfortably classic black leggings and boots. Jewel tones are typically the richest, deepest versions of your favorite colors, so look for burgundy instead of red or evergreen rather than a brighter kelly. Top the look with a warm sweater or coat, and you’re ready for a casual lunch or some last-minute shopping.
If you don’t want to go “all out” in your festive dress, you can add a subtle nod to the season by embracing a touch of metallic. Metallics work well in accessories, so grab a gold-accented clutch before you head to that work party, or slide on an armful of silver bangles to complete your look before heading to Christmas Eve traditions with your family. Metallics are a great way to add extra holiday interest to an outfit without having to resort to appliqued snowmen or novelty socks. (Note: Don’t feel as though you should shy away from these things if you love them!)
With so many parties and events to attend as you set the scene, it’s time to start thinking about your holiday wardrobe. You don’t need to make a beeline for silly sweaters or novelty jewels—you can add a dash of Christmas magic by focusing on texture and color instead. This will be your chicest holiday ever!