What to Wear on Christmas Day

Good morning and happy FRIDAY!!! My kids are bouncing off the walls since today is the last day of school before Christmas break. Their poor teachers…

Christmas is just a few days away, so I decided to update this post on What to Wear on Christmas Day. Not that what we are wearing is the focus of Christmas or anything… but the photographic evidence will be around to haunt you for the next hundred years (or, at least, it will be haunting your grandkids) so it’s not a bad idea to put a little thought into our wardrobe choices for this festive occasion!

Cheers sweatshirt (wearing size 3) // Luna pendant // link bracelet // nails: CND Midnight Swim

I’ll include links to what I’m wearing because I know people will ask if I don’t, but this post is more about giving you general ideas that you can use to shop your closet since it’s clearly too late to get an online order in time for Christmas Day, and I expect most of us have everything we need in our closets already. Sometimes we just need some fresh ideas.

I’m all for being comfortable around the tree, but I still want to look decent. We usually give our kids new pajamas on Christmas Eve, so they always look cute when they emerge from their rooms on Christmas morning, all sleepy-eyed and tousled from their slumber and ready to see what “Santa” brought.

In recent years, I’ve been treating myself to a new pair of pajamas as well. I enjoy them all season, but it’s nice to have something new and nice to wear on Christmas morning if I don’t get dressed right away.

thermal pajamas // mug // snowflake pillow // faux fur throw

The older I get, however, the more often I end up putting on clothes. Maybe it’s because my kids aren’t up as early and I have some time, or maybe I’m just getting old and feel better when I’m dressed, but I do want to be sure to look somewhat presentable. I may not shower and put on a full face of makeup, but I usually throw on a casual outfit or at least a cute cardigan with a tee and joggers.

thermal cardigan // perfect white tee (10% off w/ code JOLYNNE10 ) // joggers // Converse Shoreline

After Santa’s presents have been discovered, the stockings have been spilled, and I’ve lingered over my second (or fifth) cup of coffee, it’s time to shower and get dressed for the day. I usually do that before we have our family holiday breakfast and open the presents under the tree, but sometimes I wait until that’s all said and done.

As far as what I like to wear on Christmas Day, it varies depending on where we are and what our plans are. This year we’ll be going out to a fancy dinner so I’ll definitely dress up. You certainly can’t go wrong with a red sweater and black pants for Christmas events. While it is predictable, I like the pop of leopard in this outfit, and the choker helps keep it current.

sweater (50% off) // pants // pumps // choker with hoop drop (50% off) // similar clutch

Some years I keep it casual because I’m at home cooking for the better part of the day. That’s when I’ll just hang out in a favorite sweater and jeans.

sweater in hthr burgundy (30% off) // jeans // loafers (50% off) // crossbody (33% off)

If we attend a family gathering, I go with something in between. I usually wear something like this. These pumps are actually oxblood suede, although they look black in this picture. My sweater is super old so I tried to find something similar. Unfortunately the best one I found is pretty pricey.

If you’re in an area where it’s not very cold, or you just tend to get hot indoors this time of year, this short sleeved funnel neck sweater is perfect for a holiday gathering — or something like it.

similar sweater // AG legging ankle jeans // oxblood suede pumps // gold drop earrings with Bordeaux tiger’s eye (RESTOCKED!!)

Don’t forget the details… a festive red manicure or a shimmery scarf can take a basic outfit into the festive category in no time. I just had my nails done in CND Hollywood so I’m going to stick with neutral outfits for the next week or so and let my red mani and a bright red lip do the talking.

Here are a few more outfits I’ve styled that would totally work for Christmas Day or any other family gatherings this time of year.

I love an ivory sweater at the holidays, and I’m definitely packing this one for our Christmas vacation. I’d definitely want to add some accessories to make this look more festive — my red nails and lipstick will help, and I may swap out the cognac boots for burgundy suede flats or pumps or even booties. I also love the idea of adding these sequin ball drop earrings or something glittery and fun like that.

v-neck sweater (30% off) // Paige cropped skinny jeans (similar for less) // similar boots (same brand – 30% off) // / gold drop earrings with Bordeaux tiger’s eye (RESTOCKED!!) // pave layer necklace (old Stella & Dot)

Velvet pants are a fun and festive look while giving you the comfort of jeans, and there’s another ivory sweater!

ivory turtleneck (50% off) // washed velvet pants (50% off) // clutch // similar pumps // faux pearl earrings // Alex and Ani bangles // aviators c/o (pink gradient lenses & matte gold frames)

This outfit would be another good option for going to someone’s house for Christmas dinner. A green sweater is as festive as red, just in a more understated way. If the OTK boots aren’t your thing, booties would be just as cute with this outfit.

sweater (wearing hthr cactus) // Paige cropped skinny jeans (similar for less) // similar boots herehere, and here // necklace // earrings

Champagne and white is an elegant combination, and I like how it’s a bit unexpected. You could tone this down with ballet flats if the pumps are too dressy for your gathering. This outfit is from last year, but it should be easy to replicate with a similar shimmery sweater.

champagne and white outfit for the holidays

sweater option // white jeans // similar pumps

You could take this look down a notch by subbing black jeans or pants for the coated denim. Maybe wear simpler earrings and more casual shoes… or not! It’s Christmas, after all. Don’t be afraid to be fancy.

holiday style: charcoal and black with a pop of burgundy

sweater option // coated black jeans // similar burgundy pumps // similar clutch // earrings // wrap bracelet // red lipstick

Leggings and a tunic are another good option for a more casual venue.

tunic // leggings //  tote // boots // gold drop earrings with Bordeaux tiger’s eye (RESTOCKED!!)

And don’t rule out a dress. This teal sweater dress outfit is great for going out to dinner or attending a family get together.

sweater dress (50% off) // similar OTK boots // leopard clutch (similar for less) // similar cuff bracelet // leopard watch // sunnies c/o Maui Jim

Also, if you have a red coat, now is the time to rock it! Your outerwear is part of your outfit too.

red peacoats // ivory cowl sweaters or (option) // jeans // similar leopard pumps // similar black clutch

I hope this post was helpful! I had several requests for a post about Christmas day attire, and I know we all have different ideas of what that is, so I tried to cover the gamut.

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