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9 Ideas on What to Wear This Christmas (Without Looking Like an Elf)

By Rutuja Ghodekar
Blog timeOct 3, 2022

Since October is basically here, the holiday season doesn’t seem that far away. In the midst of planning out those delish Christmas dinner dishes and shopping for fab presents for your loved ones, there’s one more thing to tackle: What to wear this Christmas.

Whether you’re attending a holiday party at the office, spending time with family at home, attending a big reunion, or going out on Christmas Eve, we’ve got you covered. Here are our top favorite Christmas outfit ideas for a stylish holiday season.

1. Layers Of Red- What To Wear This Christmas

Red is the go-to shade for the holiday season, but keep one tip in mind: avoid going too literal by pairing it with green. Exception: a dark emerald slip dress paired with burgundy red heels – that works. Pair up red with red for a look that’s Christmassy, festive, and impactful.

Combine solids with winter prints like tartan or fair isle and accessorize with statement jewelry pieces for an added touch of shine. We hope once you what to wear this Christmas you will be free to dance to your favorite Christmas songs this eve and enjoy.

Layers Of Red- What To Wear This Christmas

2. Cozy White Knits- What To Wear This Christmas

White and Christmas go hand in hand, that goes without saying. And since you’ll want to look both cozy and chic, soft, white knits are the safest bet for a Christmas Eve spent with family and friends. Go oversize, go comfy, and, if the budget allows it, go cashmere.

Pair up your knits with a tweed skirt or pants, dark denim if keeping it casual and a statement warm coat if hitting the streets.

Cozy White Knits- What To Wear This Christmas

3. Jewel Tones

If bold red is not your shade, jewel tones make a great Christmas look. From emerald green to dark amethyst and magenta, there’s a wide range of alternative shades you can count on.

Have fun in a dark ruby outfit, keeping it on the tone from head to toe – after all, monochromatic outfits are highly sophisticated and sleek, which means they’re just right for the holiday season.

Jewel Tones

4. Plaid, Tweed, and Tartan

If prints are your faves and you’re looking for a way to incorporate pattern into your holiday looks, keep it chic with plaid and tartan. But not every kind of plaid will do – stick to buffalo check in red and black for an utterly festive look or go all in on Scottish-inspired plaid skirts, and mini frocks.

Plaid, Tweed, and Tartan

5. Sequins and Sparkle

There’s no Christmas without a touch of sparkle – and no, we’re not just talking about your Christmas tree. Infuse glow and glam into your look for that highly-anticipated Christmas office party with, you guessed, sequins.

Alternatively, you’ll definitely look great in metallics, be it silver, gold, or rose – or shimmery silk and satin. Basically, anything that shimmers, shines, glows, or sparkles can definitely go on your shopping list.

Sequins and Sparkle

6. Neutral Layers

Not a fan of saturated hues? And even less of an admirer of sequins and shine? Yes, the right Christmas outfit does exist for you as well.

There’s nothing like a neutral monochrome outfit featuring layers and layers of cozy fabrics when talking about that perfect winter ensemble.


It screams sophistication, it’s polished, it’s cozy – and it ticks all the boxes. If you’re ditching the reds and the greens, embrace soft neutrals like ivory, white and warm beiges for that put-together winter-chic look that can’t miss the mark.

Neutral Layers

7. Red Accents and Accessories

Not a fan of draping yourself in layers and layers of red? No worries. Sometimes, it’s the detail that makes the difference – especially when said details come in bold hues. If you have already chosen what to wear this Christmas and it’s not red then this is the perfect option.

Keep it red-hot this Christmas without going overboard – and certainly without looking like an elf – with a vibrant and merry accessory, be it a pair of sleek heels, a structured clutch – or, if snowball fights are on the agenda, a cozy red scarf.

Red Accents and Accessories

8. Long Sleeve Dresses

Let’s face it, your floral spaghetti strap summer frocks won’t cut it this Christmas. But your long-sleeved floral numbers just might. If you’re tempted to go all in on this look, there are a few ways to make a floral dress look Christmassy (although other prints will work too).

Make sure it’s got long sleeves and high coverage (save that backless number for the New Year’s Eve party) and that its color palette includes black, neutrals, or reds.

Long Sleeve Dresses

9. Statement Coats

A statement coat goes a long way. If your goal this Christmas is keeping warm and looking fab, then this one’s got your name all over it. The statement winter coat accomplishes many things at once and it’s the right pick if you’re spending the holidays outdoors.

Whether you’re headed caroling, strolling through the snow with friends, or enjoying the festive season at a cabin in the mountains, a chic coat is definitely a head-turning piece.

What to look for: you’ll want warmth (think uber trendy teddy fabrics), you’ll want a festive color (red, pink, green) or you’ll want a pattern that simply screams ‘It’s Christmas!’.

Statement Coats

And there you have it: your mini guide on looking chic this Christmas without taking the elf route. From cozy coats to knits and sequins, there are tons of ways to incorporate that festive spirit into your outfit.

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Rutuja GhodekarI'm Rutuja. I'm passionate about content writing and science. I'm currently studying Cognitive Science along with Astrophysics. What I love about content writing is it makes me think in different dimensions. I love to keep improving myself and learning new things everyday.
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