Outfits STYLE // Winter

3 (Casual) Holiday Outfit Formulas

November 21, 2017

We are officially in the throes of the holiday season. And if you’re stateside like me, happy Thanksgiving week! Thanksgiving happens to be a personal favorite holiday of mine, carried over from my husband and his family’s love of the special day. They foodie-up like nobody’s business, brining their free-range turkey in juniper berries and their cranberries in curry. I love Thanksgiving because it combines my favorite things: food and family, in the best ways possible.

This year I plan on contributing a few veggie side dishes: Trader Joe’s Green Bean Casserole, Bon Appétit’s Chicory Salad and, of course, roasted Brussel sprouts (tossed with olive oil and sea salt!). And I’m thinking about what I’m going to wear while I’m eating all this goodness and getting cozy with family members.

I love to dress up for holiday gatherings, but it’s always Oregon-style, aka casual-dressy. We live in a pretty laid-back region. Raw denim is far more common among men than suits, flats are the norm for most women, and work boots are regularly interchanged with business casual. I tend to dress pretty casually myself, but I like to subtly turn it up a notch for gatherings. After brainstorming through what was in my closet, I came up with a few formulas to share with you guys. These might even be able to work with what you already own, with the help of a few key accessories.


Top, c/o Jamie + the Jones (they also have silk crepe tops now!) |Jeans, vintage (similar) | Boots, c/o Everlane | Necklace, c/o Loop (use code SEASONS10 for 10% off)

A statement necklace over a simple top is always a great combination, but pair it with vintage denim, and the look is chic and effortless. I really like this outfit because black is my favorite way to dress up, and these are my favorite jeans. When I figure out how to take an everyday favorite and make it more dressy, I am very happy. It’s a great way to increase the usage of something I already own. And the use of a favorite item in a ‘dressy’ outfit is a surefire way to make me feel at home, when dressing up feels outside my comfort zone.


White Button Up, c/o Tradlands | Dress, old Everlane (similar, use code ‘SEASONS’ to save 10%) | Tights, old Anthro (similar 1, similar 2, made in Italy) | Oxfords

Tights are one of my favorite accessories to collect. Don’t ask me why. I don’t wear a ton of dresses, so it doesn’t really make sense, but I have a hard time stopping myself. I think it’s because tights can change the whole course of an outfit. They can say act dressy, but still say “I’ve got personality.” Also, they can be highly functional. Last week I had the realization that a pair of my wool tights kept me warmer than a pair of (thin) jeans. Impressive, right?

For this casual holiday look, I paired tights and with a jumper and a button up blouse. From there, I could have added heels or dressy boots to scale it up. But instead, I added oxfords for a more chill look.

Side note: It seems like a lot of tights are made in the USA and in Italy, so it’s not difficult to find responsibly made pairs. I’ve often find mine on Amazon (the brand HUE manufactures in the USA) and at Anthropologie.


T Sweater (heavy weight), c/o Jamie + the Jones | Jeans, c/o Everlane | Chelsea Boots, Everlane | Scarf, Only Child

Last, but not least, the classic formula of chunky sweater and skinny jeans and ankle boots, which I’ve added a neck tie to for a splash of color. I also like the chelsea boots over the typical ankle boots. It feels a little more edgy. This is the easiest of the three, and you can dress it up or down depending on if you use a silk or a cotton scarf, flat boots or heeled boots. No matter what you choose, it’s a surefire way to feel confident in your outfit.


A few other ideas popped into my head when I was working on this post…

1 – You could add impact to a look by adding a deep red lip. (Have you tried the new Lip Pigment by Nars? It’s unlike any other lip product I’ve used. It’s basically a very precise lip stain. Deep and pigmented, weightless yet precise.)

2 – Throwing some curl in the old mane is another great way to elevate your look. (If you have any good tutorials, do share!)

3 – Big earrings! I’ve been wearing my Passage earrings at least once per week. I also love what I see from another Portland favorite, Seaworthy.

How do you dress for the holidays? Casual or spruced up?

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  • Hosannah November 21, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Look 1 is my fav 😍👌🏾

    • Andrea November 22, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      Thank you! I love it too!

  • Lo November 21, 2017 at 9:34 am

    These are all so cute. Isn’t that bandana the perfect shade for Thanksgiving? I’ll probably be wearing some iteration of formula #3 but with stretchy pants. ;)

    • Andrea November 22, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      Yes, it is!! I totally bought it because I loved seeing it on you. Thanks for the inspiration friend!

  • ThatGirl November 21, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday and we’re really happy to be celebrating at home this year instead of traveling. That salad recipe looks amazing! I think I’m going with vintage jeans+sweater. Or I might cook in my pjs!

    • Andrea November 22, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      Cook in your PJs, then change! Yay for not traveling. That sounds nice!

  • Bev November 21, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    These are all great formulas! I have variations of 1 and 3 in my suitcase for this weekend :) Happy Thanksgiving Andrea!

    • Andrea November 22, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      Love it! I included 1 and 3 as well! Made my packing time a little swifter. ;)

  • Ophelia November 21, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Me, I like to make sure I’m wearing pants with a waistline that stretches!!!!! I’m going to use your third outfit formula and in honor of the day, I’m going to wear some made in the USA duds…my mixed-media boxy Indian sweater (USA), thrifted-skinny denim (with lots of stretch), some Native American made jewelry, and my beloved Red Wing Harriet boots (also Made in the USA)!

    And I’m with you–I don’t really wear dresses or skirts…I don’t find them comfortable…but when I do, I have a pair of FLEECE lined tights that make it A-OK!

    You look great and that lipstick shade is grand on you!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Andrea November 22, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      Stretchy pants for sure!! I am definitely wearing my stretchiest ones tomorrow!!

  • Laura November 22, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Love all of these looks, but especially number 3! And you’re always inspiring me with the tights! :)

    • Andrea November 22, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      Oh man, I love the tights too! Hoping to bring tights into the rotation at least once per week in the winter. We shall see!

  • Mel November 22, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Very cute – I love #3 because it’s so classic but my fave is #1 because the T-Top and the boots and the statement necklace look insanely cool. I’m wearing a very loose shift dress with flat booties because I plan to eat and drink too much and I’ll be cooking all day. Comfort first :)

    • Andrea November 22, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks Mel! Your outfit sounds perfect! Happy turkey day!!

  • Shelbi November 22, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Yeah the west coast is pretty casual and I like being casual most of the time myself. Love #1!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Andrea November 27, 2017 at 11:34 am

      Thank you Shelbi! Hope your day was great!

  • Anne November 27, 2017 at 8:11 am

    I love outfit number 3, and the adorable added scarf! I could see myself wearing that combo…in fact I probably have worn something similar recently, lol. I usually don’t wear a lot of clothes with *sPaRkLe* (ridiculous emphasis added by me :P ) but I have a couple of sweaters and tank tops that I layer a more intentionally around this time of year because I feel like we can get away with a little more pizzaz on a day to day basis right now.

    • Andrea November 27, 2017 at 11:35 am

      Yes, that is true, it does feel like we can get away with more ‘pizzaz’ haha. I hadn’t thought of it like that, but it’s true. I’ll hold the sparkle as well, except for maybe in a pair of tights…

  • Nicole December 14, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Hi! l just recently came across your blog and am so happy I did! I’ve got to say I’m trying to switch to a more minimalist lifestyle and your style is inspiring. I especially find the “where to shop” post helpful in finding more sustainable brands. Thanks for the inspo! Love each look, but especially jeans, jeans, jeans!

    • Andrea December 15, 2017 at 10:46 am

      Thank you Nicole! So glad to have you!! xx