Holiday celebrations range from casual to elaborate, and therefore so does appropriate attire. I get lots of questions this time of year about what to wear to holiday parties, but most especially, on Christmas Day. My answer would be, “Well, that depends….”. Do your plans include a formal invitation or is it a longstanding tradition. If an invitation, did it include phrases like “Festive Cocktail”, “Christmas Casual”, or “Holiday Glam”? That can give you some direction on how to dress, as can the weather, the venue, and even the audience which you’ll be joining.
My family gathers at my in-laws’ home, along with several cousins, aunts, uncles, and even my own parents, sister, and brother-in-law. Its an early evening dinner buffet filled with lots of good food, wine, and conversation. The kiddos are happily entertained by a playroom that is filled with the childhood toys of my husband and brother-in-law, which somehow withstood both time and two rowdy boys. Because it is a casual event only attended by immediate family, I can get away with jeans. But, I do like to add some festive flair since it’s the last chance to do so for another year. This tartan vest is perfect, thanks to its cozy quilting and velvet trim, which dresses it up just the right amount. This particular one from Old Navy is sold out, but below I’ve linked a similar one that should do the trick!
Another option would be a festive cardigan, like this one in buffalo check from Old Navy. It’s super cozy and a great length! Unfortunately, it too has sold out, but I’m linking a similar option that features darling suede elbow patches that pack a stylish punch.
Here’s another option and yes, another plaid…..hey, it’s Christmas, right? This tartan infinity scarf was a local find from my favorite boutique, Salon Dixie, but I’m linking a similar one below. While it’s a perfect Christmas day accessory, it will also take you all the way from Fall to Spring, making it a must-have item for your closet.
Here are some other suggestions in case your plans require dressier attire….
And if you’re lucky enough to get to stay in your jammies all day because you don’t have anywhere you HAVE to be, here are some options too!
So in case you can’t tell, the one thing these items all have in common is that they’re a plaid or tartan pattern. That’s because it’s such a classic, traditional, and stylish pattern that will never go out of style. So whether you’re glamming it up at a formal affair, or staying cozy by the fire with the your kiddos for the day, the right answer for what to wear on Christmas is always plaid!
Happy hunting, y’all!