We are oh so close to Christmas! In fact I’m heading out of town today to begin festivities with my family. So I’m closing up shop and counting myself officially on vacation. All the same I’ve gathered up lots of holiday outfits for a little outfit inspiration here today. And tomorrow I’m inviting you to a Holiday Coffee with Kay, just to chat a bit before we all celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
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I think I’ll share our holiday outfit inspiration from dressy to casual. So let’s begin with this moody floral dress from Chico’s. If you have a special holiday dress you may want to style it like I did with black sheer hose and black pumps.
It looks like most of the items from the outfit above are sold out. And it may turn out to be that way for many of the outfits I’m sharing. But I’m also linking you to the original post so you can get more styling details. And sometimes I’ve shared alternatives in those posts.
Here’s a silk jacket from LilySilk that I styled over a Clara Sunwoo dress in a recent YouTube video.
Maybe the combination above could inspire an all neutrals pairing from youR closet that you could elevate with similar styling and accessories. You can see and hear more about this look in the video below. And don’t forget to use code kay12 for an additional 12% savings at LilySilk and code KAY10 for 10% off at Clara Sunwoo.
I think those are probably the two dressiest outfits I have among my holiday styles this year. But I do have more than are party ready. The two below, also featured in the video above, have a definite casual vibe with those brown coated jeans. But I’ve elevated them to a more festive aesthetic with the addition of silk pieces from LilySilk.
Use the pairings above to inspire an elevated look with faux leather pants or similar coated jeans. I think the key is keeping it simple, but adding those refining details like heels or pointy toe flats, sparkly jewelry and maybe a blazer or nicer jacket.
Below I created a similar look with faux leather pants from Kohl’s in a recent blog post.
Don’t be afraid to layer on the bling and sparkle and luxurious fabrics at this time of year. At other times multiples of those things may seem like overkill. But during the holidays MORE is truly more fabulous!
The look below is from another recent videos in which I shared 5 Secrets to Elevating an Outfit from Casual to Chic.
Some viewers seemed to misunderstand my goal in that video. I wasn’t trying to create especially fancy outfits. These are meant to be casual enough for a family gathering or simple holiday outing with your spouse, but elevated enough to feel special and polished.
Of course you can also elevate a holiday look without a lot of sparkle or bling. I think the combination of simple but elegant red slacks and a cashmere sweater and blazer below is quite chic and sophisticated.
Sometimes I like to opt for simple but oh so chic color pairings rather than add a lot of jewelry or fuss to create a party ready outfit. And while some women shy away from the traditional red and green of the holidays, I actually love wearing those colors. I think the key is simply to “anchor them” with a great neutral such as grey, black, camel or even blue denim.
Above I’m showing those same red slacks with a grey sweater and coat (both sold out). I think I wore that outfit to church one recent Sunday morning. But it’s certainly worthy of a holiday party or even a worship service on Christmas eve or morning.
Circling back to more festive holiday combinations, the lace pants and Barbiecore pink sweater above make a fun pairing for Christmas and into the New Year. You could create a similar look with other festive black pants and a bright colored top or sweater. And in the outfit below I combined another pop of bright color with traditional black watch plaid pants.
The soft lime green ribbed turtleneck is sold out in that particular color. But it’s still available in similarly fun colors. And the velveteen black watch plaid pants are also gone. But really this is all about inspiration at this point. So if you have traditional plaid pants in your closet, pull them out and top this with a fun splash of color.
Speaking of these black watch plaid pants and that fun top, let’s run through all the holiday outfits I created with Talbots in my recent video.
I thought this outfit was fun for a potluck brunch with friends, but it also works for a Christmas service or after party.
I slated the next outfit for a book club holiday gathering, but you’re probably past that by now. However, this is also a great combination for a family dinner or brunch.
I certainly plan to keep it simple for my family gatherings this holiday weekend. So simply wearing a pair of holiday plaid pants or festive shoes can make a classic combination look party-ready.
And this next look from that Talbots sponsored video was designed for baking cookies with grandkids. Maybe that’s still on your calendar! A bright-colored, cheerful holiday t-shirt is just the ticket.
Here’s another fun and colorful look from that video.
And if you’re looking for a little outfit inspiration for a New Year’s Eve party, here’s a fun but simple idea.
And as I write this blog post on Wednesday, that Cheers sweater is still available. Cheers! And the corduroy pants are available in some colors and sizes.
For more information on the styles above, check out this recent video below.
Let’s check out a few other outfits that I’ll be wearing this weekend. These are the things that are in my suitcase as I travel to Georgia for the holidays today!
I don’t think I mentioned taking that v-neck camel cashmere sweater in this week’s video, but I am indeed taking it. I just can’t get enough camel and red this year!
But I’m also carrying my apple cider plaid Hampshire ankle pants. I’m going to wear those pants as often as I can this weekend! I love that they are so versatile. Just by switching out shoes and sweaters I can create very different looks with them.
You can see more of what I’m wearing on my Christmas Holiday HERE.
Thank you so much for stopping in for a little holiday outfit inspiration. I hope you enjoy wearing the festive outfits you put together. Be sure to join me here tomorrow for a holiday tea with Kay. I’ll see you then!
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Blessed for My Day
I don’t know if it’s the winding up of another calendar year, the hustle and bustle of the holidays or just my own neglect to pace myself adequately, but about this time every year I begin feeling extremely weary and burned out. I’m not necessarily physically tired. I’m sleeping well and sleeping enough. But my husband would tell you that my patience is thin, work has become wearisome and I’m missing some of my usual joy. I don’t like that. This is definitely not me at my best.
So I’m taking a little time off during the holidays to recalibrate and rest. You’ll see blog posts going up and emails going out because I’ve scheduled them ahead. And I really do hope you’ll meet me here when it appeals to you. But I won’t be responding to comments or answering emails for at least a week. Pulling the boundaries in a little tighter is just something we all must do occasionally to allow our souls to breathe and our hearts to soften. My husband says I need to do better about taking a weekly Sabbath, and I agree. But right now I’m taking a bit of a Sabbatical to get the extensive rest I need. I’m going to bake goodies, play games, worship with my family and take long walks.
You know, Jesus showed us how to do this. He often went to “the other side of the lake” following times of stressful interchanges, powerful teaching and ministry or vocal criticisms. And He calls us to come apart with Him, and He will give us rest. If you, like me, need to reset your heart, mind, soul and body right now, I urge you to do the same. Draw the boundaries in a little tighter, “go to the other side of the lake,” and sit a little closer to Jesus.
One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. ~ Luke 8:22