2 Easy Holiday Looks with Black Jeans

I’ve had some requests for more casual holiday outfits, since so many of us will be celebrating at home or with very small groups this year.

Even when I’m at home, I like to look festive, so I created two easy holiday-ready looks with black jeans. Best of all, everything is available at Nordstrom. Gotta love one stop shopping, especially during this busy time of year!

I wanted to style black jeans because they’re just as comfortable as blue jeans, but they look a little bit more dressed-up.

Of course, you could certainly wear black pants with these looks if the venue or occasion calls for it. (I highly recommend these Spanx skinny pants, or these 1.State twill slim ankle pants for a pair that’s not quite as form-fitting.) But for this post, I’m styling my AG Farrah ankle skinny jeans.

These jeans are very flattering, and the deep jet black wash gives them a more formal look, even though they’re super soft and have a good amount of stretch.

In the first look, I wore my black jeans with this boxy mixed media top by Michael Stars — a brand known for modern luxury essentials.

I shared this top in a recent try-on haul and talked about how much I love the elegant simplicity. It has a satin front and a jersey back, so it’s comfortable to wear all day, and the fabric is just luxe enough to look fancy without being extra.

The boatneck is perfect too — so flattering, but not at all revealing. And yes, it has short sleeves, but that makes it perfect for hosting events (I always tend to get overheated when hosting) or for those who live in warmer climates.

This top also comes in black and brown, but I think this rich eggplant is so gorgeous for this time of year. It runs true to size; I have the small.

Because it is so plain, I jazzed it up with a few fun Kendra Scott accessories — the Phara Tassel Lariat and the Pave Sophee Drop Earrings.

I managed to snag these when they were on sale over the weekend, but keep an eye on them. They may go on sale again before the end of the year.

To keep the look festive, I wore black suede pumps, but you could wear flats and be just as cute. I will say, though, these pumps are far more comfortable than they may appear; I can wear them for hours without any problem.

And if you are lucky enough to get to go somewhere in this outfit, a metallic crystal clutch makes the ideal holiday accessory.

Mine is from last year, but this one is similar. It even has a removable drop-in chain for when you want to be hands-free.

Then my black wool blend reefer is the perfect topper, for any potential outings. It has a slim profile with clean lines, front welt pockets, and a back vent. It’s fully lined, and it runs true to size; I have the 6.

I remember a few years back, we were headed out to my husband’s office party, and I didn’t have a single coat that looked dressy enough to cover my cocktail dress. I vowed never again to be without a black dress coat.

Camel and grey are nice to have too, but there are some occasions when only black will do, and this coat is a classic that will last many years.

Another option for a casual holiday look with your favorite black jeans is to wear a festive sweater.

Festive doesn’t always need to mean bling, and it doesn’t have to be red either… Although this sweater does come in red, if you prefer, as well as a vibrant kelly green and a few nice neutrals.

It has three-quarter sleeves with tie cuffs and a flattering v-neck, and the fabric is a nice soft cotton blend.

Those subtle details are just enough to make it special for holiday gatherings, but it’s still practical and comfortable, and you can wear it pretty much all year ’round.

This sweater runs true to size; I’m wearing the small in the Plumeria. It’s also 30% off right now!

I also like how the versatile 23 1/2″ length can be untucked or front-tucked, depending on the proportions of the outfit.

This time I wore black suede sandals instead of pumps, and I swapped the lariat for a simple bezel station necklace, but I kept the pave drop earrings.


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photos: Alison Cornell