Seeing friends and neighbors at a casual get-together over the holidays is one of the best parts of Christmas. It’s fun to catch up over a drink, and enjoy a few holiday goodies (I probably do a little too much enjoying! LOL).
If you’re wondering what to wear to a holiday open house, an afternoon cookie exchange, or just cocktails around the fire, here are 5 suggestions for to how to look upscale casual and festive at holiday time.
1. Cuddle Up in a Cozy Sweater Dress
No fancy cocktail dress required for a casual Christmas get together, but you can still look pretty and feminine in a cute knit sweaterdress. A sweaterdress with semi-opaque or opaque black tights and tall boots equals the three C’s: Casual, Classy, Cozy.
2. Glow in Winter White & Sparkles
You’ve probably heard that it’s fine to wear white in winter and this is a good example. Soft white at Christmas is chic and sophisticated. Try a pretty top in winter white or cream with ivory pants and gold accessories. If the invitation says casual, but you want to look festive, then all you need to do is add a little glitter into the mix. This sparkly top has metallic polka-dots that add a touch of glam to a classic look.
3. Wow them a Jewel Toned Blouse
A pretty silky blouse is an easy way to up the glamour during the holidays and one with elegant and on-trend statement sleeves dials up your style even more. Deep, rich, jewel tones will look festive with black party pants and light up your style this holiday season.
4. Deck the Halls in a Festive Holiday Print
Gaudy Christmas themed sweaters with Rudolph and Santa seem tacky and out of date, but that doesn’t mean you have to forget about festive holiday prints all together. Instead opt for something understated and sophisticated like this cute stripe tie-sleeve blouse with the subtle candy cane vibe. This top is perfect for the holidays but it’s not so over-the-top that you’re limited to wearing it just at Christmas.
5. Don the Colors of the Season – Christmas Tree Green
Nothing says Ho Ho Ho! more than red and green, the colors of Christmas. Wearing a red or green sweater, blouse or dress like this knit ruffle dress is one of the simplest way to get your festive on. Styled like I’ve done it here, with a dressier shoe and bag and gold jewelry, this dress is perfect for a slightly more formal open house. For a more casual look throw on a cozy scarf and a low-heeled boot and you’re good to go.
What will you be wearing to casual get-togethers this holiday season?