Dressing for Festive Casual Affairs


Let’s face it, while we may dream of hitting a bevy of black tie parties, most of us lead pretty casual lives. So what can you wear for the holidays that’s festive, cozy and casual without looking like you didn’t give any thought? Here’s a guide to what to wear for your casual holiday parties and event you’re attending this season.

Casual (cookie exchange, tree trimming party, open house, etc.) Party

I love the idea of being just a little kitschy at the holidays. (And I’m not talking about holiday sweaters.) Go ahead, pull out the brights. Think bright colored skinny cords, tartan plaid pants or even go red from head to toe.

Not ready to be quite that bright? Prints and plaids in rich fall colors will be just as festive.

Have fun with coordinating sweaters and blouses. Finish your look with eye-catching accessories. I especially love faux jewel necklaces with casual clothes.

Family dinner/out with relatives or friends

While the casual outfits described above may be just fine for most dinners, dressing up a little for dinner feels extra special. Instead of your skinny jeans or leggings, why not try winter white, wide legged trousers with a cozy matching cashmere sweater?

A sweater dress with boots is equally dressy and warm. A client of mine tried on a really cute hunter green, cowl neck, sweater dress that we both agreed would be fantastic and comfy for the holidays.

If you really want to stretch your norm, why not try a red A-line skirt with a feminine, ivory blouse? Pair it with tall boots for going out or pretty pumps for a dinner party.

Christmas Morning

Tired of having your holiday morning picture snapped in your bathrobe? Or perhaps you’re staying with relatives or friends. There are plenty of alternatives that are just as comfy, cozy as jammies, but you’ll feel a lot more presentable.  You may even want to post the morning’s festivity pics on Facebook.

On the bottom, try leggings, or yoga style pants or joggers. (Athleta has a huge variety of athleisure pants.) Up top, a cute hoodie, cashmere sweatshirt, or even a tank top if you run warm. And this may be the year you want to upgrade your slippers.

Check out some more of my favorite red based holiday looks here on Pinterest (and follow me.)

I encourage you to start planning your holiday outfits right away. And because you’re so busy this time of year, create a few and feel free to repeat them.

If you are on total overload and don’t even have a second or just aren’t sure what to wear for your events, contact me and we can talk about a quick session. We’ll have a quick outfit coordination session, and you’ll be set for all of your holiday occasions!

Happy Holidays!

What outfits are you wearing for the holidays? I’d love for you to share a comment!

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