11 Holiday Outfits That Will Help You Look and Feel a Little More Festive This Year
'Tis the season to wear sequins (even if you're celebrating at home).
The holiday season has seemingly begun, but if your cup of cheer isn’t as full this year due to current events, we get it (and you’re certainly not alone). But even though 2020’s festivities can’t be as over-the-top as they may have been in previous years, dressing in your cutest holiday outfit can help make your socially distant celebrations feel a bit more merry and bright.
You might be wondering what to wear if you’re celebrating the holidays in a more casual setting or around the homestead. The answer: whatever is going to make you feel your best. From festive sequin numbers to holiday-themed pajamas, we’ve rounded up some of the best holiday outfit inspiration on Instagram to help narrow down your options.
A Maxi Dress
Glam holiday looks don’t have to involve multiple pieces; sometimes, all you need is just one. Maxi dresses, for example, are easy to throw on and require minimal accessories because they’re essentially the star of the show. They’re also incredibly comfy, so even if you have to sit through infuriating dinner conversations, at least you won’t be in physical discomfort.
A Simple Sweater Dress
Don’t rule out sweater dresses as a holiday cliché just yet. There are ways to style a sweater dress that refresh this winter staple so that it doesn’t fall into the basic category, from layering techniques to adding chain belts, statement necklaces, and fun footwear.
'Tis the season of indulgence, and with turkey dinners, slices of warm apple pie, iced sugar cookies, and glasses of egg nog for the tasting, your outfit might benefit from a little wiggle room. Luckily for you, a sleek pair of black leggings goes with everything from sweaters to blazers, sneakers, and booties. However you’re celebrating the holidays this year, there’s a leggings outfit fit for the occasion.
Spending the holidays at home has its perks. You can avoid awkward dinner conversation with relatives you didn’t actually want to see anyway, eat on the couch with the TV on, and spend the entire day in your pajamas. Accessories are obviously optional, but we highly recommend a pair of fuzzy socks to complete your cozy ensemble.
Plaid is the official pattern of the holidays (as far as we’re concerned) and festive plaid outfits really run the gamut. Pair gingham pants with a chunky knit, tuck a plaid flannel into a flowing skirt, or add a pop of plaid to your look with a checkered accessory.
A Belted Cardigan
Switch up your sweater game by belting instead of buttoning your cardigan. This simple yet effective styling tip makes a subtle statement, and adds a little something extra to casual outfits. It also tailors the piece to your body, so that rather than letting the fabric just hang by your sides, it will accentuate your natural curvature.
Like plaid, sequins hold a special place in our holiday wardrobe. Even though celebrations will have to be a little more low-key this year, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dress to impress in head-to-toe sparkle. If wearing a bedazzled holiday outfit to your living room is what’s going to lift your spirits, then by all means, do it (and don’t forget to document for Instagram).
A Maxi Skirt
While mini skirts are a solid party look, maxi skirts are the better option for chilly winter celebrations because a longer hemline means tights are optional, not necessary. For extra warmth, tuck a chunky knit into the front, or offset the longer length with a cropped sweater.
If you’re used to spending a chunk of the holidays jet setting from one family celebration to another, enjoy the downtime you’d normally spend in and out of airports lounging in comfy travel attire. Sporty athleisure sets are comfortable, roomy, and and qualify as an easy, pre-planned outfit so if you have to run to the store for last-minute sustenance or a wine refill, just slip on a pair of sneakers and a pea coat and call it a day.
Statement sleeves are the easiest and most reliable fashion statements, not to mention super versatile. You can style a flowy, puffy-sleeveed blouse with high-waisted jeans and booties, skirts at every length, or dress pants. How you nail this look will ultimately depend on your holiday plans, but whether your itinerary is looking casual or semi-formal, the puff sleeve can party with the best of them.
Jeans and a Sweater
You can’t go wrong with a classic sweater and jeans combo, especially when your holiday celebrations are kind of up in the air. It’s a casual holiday outfit that can take you from your apartment to a small gathering, but the pairing can also be dressed up on a moment’s notice with the right accessories (think heels, over-the-knee boots, statement jewelry and belts).