Shop Your Closet: Christmas Day Outfit Inspiration
Greetings, and hello Monday! I woke up this morning with nothing on my editorial calendar for today, so I decided to put together a post with some outfit ideas for Christmas Day… or really, whatever holiday celebrations you have going on this week.
I loved reading about all of your holiday plans yesterday. As I shared, our Christmas Day is pretty low-key. We just stay home, the five of us, and have a leisurely breakfast, open presents, then later on a homemade Christmas dinner. I’m not one to stay in my pajamas all day, but I’ll definitely be keeping it casual and comfortable.
Next weekend, I’ll be hosting a big family gathering, so I like to plan a festive outfit for that as well.
Some years, we’ve gone to Christmas dinner at my brother-in-law’s house, and I try to dress up a bit more for those kind of gatherings. And other years, we’ve gone out to eat for a fancy Christmas dinner with my family, which I think is really fun too. Of course, that requires a totally different dress code.
All that to say, I tried to come up with a variety of outfits at different levels of formality to cover all the bases. The idea here is to shop your closet, but of course I’ll provide shopping links where I can.
Christmas Day Outfit Ideas
#1. cozy sweater + jeans + ballet flats
Clearly, this outfit is from last fall, but this is probably what I’ll be wearing on Christmas Day… once I finally get out of my pajamas.
I love a chunky sweater and jeans for hanging out at home, and ballet flats are the perfect shoe for doing a lot of standing and cooking. Although, since we’re alone, I may just wear my slippers all day.
#2. Ivory Sweater + Black Jeans + Pumps
If your gathering is a little more dressed up, I love this outfit I wore to a holiday concert earlier this season.
This particular sweater is lovely, but it can be any fine-gauge sweater that is a little dressier than the one above. Any color works, but I love ivory and black together. Just add black jeans or pants, and pumps.
#3. metallic sweater + jeans + pumps
While red and green are always festive choices, I like the idea of going with a different color. The metallic shimmer gives this sweater a holiday vibe, even though it’s pink. (It also comes in black.)
#4. blouse + black jeans or pants + pumps
This is more of a going-out-to-dinner outfit, for anyone who goes out to eat for Christmas. Or, you could definitely wear this to a friend’s house for dinner, if it’s the kind of gathering where people get more dressed up.
If you want something a little more festive, choose a blouse with some red or green in the print. I just usually stay away from a plain red blouse with black pants — it’s too expected.
#5. cardigan + graphic tee + jeans
If you’re going to visit friends or family and want to be cute and casual, this is an easy outfit formula you can recreate so many ways. I particularly like the colors in this graphic tee — it’s neutral, but it has that hint of red embroidery.
I believe a lot of you bought this tee, but if you don’t have it, you may have one that works. Just throw on a black or red cardigan (or camel… but I think black or red would be more Christmassy) and add jeans and booties, and you’re good to go!
If you like something a little more festive, add a red scarf (with the black or camel cardigan, of course) or a pair of fun earrings.
#6. black sweater + black jeans + black bejeweled flats
I love a monochromatic look for the holidays… or anytime, but it does have a festive flair.
This pearlized sweater has the perfect amount of bling to make it special for the holidays, but not over-the-top for casual gatherings. Here’s another cute option. And the jeweled bow flats are comfortable for wearing all day, but still holiday-appropriate.
Here’s another black on black monochromatic outfit I styled last year, but it can be easy replicated with any black tunic sweater, faux leather leggings, and booties.
#7. fair isle sweater + jeans + boots
Any fair isle sweater will work for this look — this is perfect for super casual gatherings. And you can always swap the boots for slippers if you’re staying at home all day!
Also, consider a fair isle sweater you can pair with white jeans. I love this fresh and unexpected look for the holidays! This one is old, but maybe you have one that works, or I linked up some other options below.
#8. cozy cream sweater + blue jeans + taupe booties
Again, this outfit isn’t specifically a holiday look, but I do love the light neutrals right now, and I think they have a festive flair somehow.
#9. sparkly sweater + jeans + OTK boots
This is a little more of a dressed-up version of the one above. The sparkly sweater is a little more festive (it also comes in grey and red), and the OTK boots definitely dress up the look. I also added blingy earrings.
I’d wear this if I was going to a friend’s house for a Christmas celebration (or Christmas Eve dinner out…)
#10. sweater dress + OTK boots
Another dressy look, for those who go out to dinner for Christmas, a sweater dress is always my go-to for winter dresses because it’s warm and stretchy. In fact, I wore a sweater dress yesterday.
This one is from last year because for some reason, I didn’t really think to look for a new one to share with you all this year. I’ve really been in a denim rut, haven’t I???
But if you have one in your closet that you like, this is a great opportunity to get some wear out of it!
#11. sparkly sweater + coated jeans + pumps or booties
I’m bummed I didn’t do more with my coated jeans this season, but I found this look from last year, and any metallic/shimmery sweater would work. Or even a regular casual sweater works, and you can always wear a dressy bootie if you don’t like pumps.
#12. festive sweatshirt + jeans + cozy socks
Unfortunately this quilted hoodie sold out in the red, but it’s still available in evergreen… or perhaps you already scored one for yourself when it was in stock!
If not, any red or green sweatshirt/hoodie will do… or any holiday-themed graphic sweatshirt!
#13. cute pajamas
Let’s be real. Some of us will just stay in pajamas all day… or at the very least, for half the morning. No shame in that game, but I do recommend thinking about the pajamas you wear and pick some cute ones. After all, these pictures will be around to haunt you for years to come!
These BP. pajamas are now 40% off, and they are still available for Christmas delivery in some colors and sizes. And don’t forget, the Buy Online, Pickup In Store is always an option.
And these PJ Salvage flannel pajamas are also 40% off. Both pairs are so, so cozy. Just very different styles.
PJ Salvage flannel pajamas (40% off!!!)
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