2 Festive Tops to Jazz Up Your Favorite Jeans for Holiday Gatherings

Happy November, friends! Halloween is over, the jack-o-lanterns have been put away, and I think I just heard the starting gun go off… holiday season starts now!

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for waiting until after Thanksgiving to deck the halls and start playing Christmas music, but now’s the time to start thinking about what we’re going to wear to the holiday parties and events that are on your calendar, and the others that are bound to crop up.

There’s nothing worse than scrambling at the last minute, so I like to have a few options at the ready.

Caroline and I are teaming up again today to share two festive tops to jazz up your favorite jeans for holiday gatherings.

(Just pay no nevermind to the fall wreath and flowers on my front porch. It is just November, after all!)

It sounds like most of you have more casual gatherings on your agenda, so I wanted to share two ways to dress up your favorite jeans, but with both of these outfits, you can swap out the jeans for pants if you want a look that’s a little more church or office appropriate.

My look features a satin cowl neck top from J.Crew Factory.

This top is right up my alley because you can dress it up or down; wear it alone; or layer it under a blazer, leather moto, or cardigan.

It also comes in black and ivory, and it runs TTS; I have the small.

For this look, I threw it on with my favorite black jeans and added black suede block heel sandals.

In reality, I’d probably wear pumps — something like this — but I thought the sandals were fun for a change, and those of you in warmer climates might like this option.

These sandals are super comfortable and walkable, and the scalloped strap detail is a nice touch. They have a 3″ heel, so they’re not as high as some.

I accessorized with crystal double hoop earrings (you may recognize these from the black tie wedding guest look I shared a few weeks ago) and a crystal stretch bracelet that is no longer available. This one is similar.

My metallic clutch is a go-to for dressy-casual events, perfect for outfits like this one.

There is no shoulder strap, so I usually only use it when I’m going out to dinner — not to events where I want to mingle and hold a glass of wine and a nibble. But it’s a nice piece to have, and I’ve gotten a lot of use out of it over the years.

Outfit Details:

satin cowl neck top | black skinny jeans (option) | suede sandals | metallic clutch | earrings | similar bracelet

Caroline didn’t create her outfit with the holidays in mind, but her red wrap sweater can definitely look festive with the right accessories.

The nice thing about a sweater like this is, you can wear it for daily wear as well as to holiday events, so you can get more bang for your buck.

This look is more everyday, with blue jeans and nude ballet flats.

This sweater is cropped, so it works best with high rise jeans. For size reference, Caroline is wearing the XS, so it’s true to size.

She wears it with a lace trim cami underneath.

Caroline usually carries a bigger bag for everyday — in fact, we always tease her about her “mom bag” because she usually carries a highly organized satchel with everything but the kitchen sink.

Got a headache? Need a band-aid? Dental floss? Hand sanitizer? She’s gotcha covered, and she knows exactly where it is. 😂

But she wanted something a little smaller for certain events, and we found this bag at Lulu’s. It’s a nice size, as it holds more than a typical crossbody but still looks dressy.

She and I are both huge fans of the classic ballet flat, and these Sam Edelman Felicia flats are one of our all time favorites.

This Circus by Sam Edelman style is similar. I haven’t tried it, so I don’t know how it compares, but it is genuine leather, so I have to imagine it’s a good option for less.

While this outfit is fairly casual, you could easily swap out the flats for heels and the blue jeans for black jeans — coated denim or velvet would lend an even more festive vibe. Add some blingy earrings or a layer necklace, and you’re all set!

Meanwhile, Caroline is enjoying wearing this sweater for everyday use. If red isn’t your thing, it also comes in black, beige, and yellow; and it’s currently on sale for under $30.

Outfit Details:

wrap sweater | similar jeans | ballet flats (option) | bag

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photos: Alison Cornell