31 Outfit Ideas for a Sparkly, Stylish and Rather Festive December
Usually our Decembers are packed with cookie exchanges, trips to the mall to pick up gifts and all the holiday parties. But this year is shaping up to be very different from the usual, just like the rest of 2020. So while you might have to do your annual friends fête over Zoom this time around or wish grandma a happy holidays from the curb—rather than her living room—that doesn’t mean you can’t still dress for the occasion with jolly colors, glittering sequins and giant cozy coats all month long. Here are 31 gorgeous outfit ideas to inspire you up to the end of 2020 (thank goodness).
1. Try an Easy Black-and-White Combo
Crisp black and white will always look chic, even if you’re sporting a simple T-shirt and trackpants. (Although it never hurts to add a swipe of berry lipstick.)
2. Wear Your Festive Pieces Early
'Tis the season for sparkles, glitz and glam, but you don't have to wait for the actual holiday to arrive to break out your favorite metallic pieces. Wear a gold blouse with casual jeans and boots or a sequined skirt with a cozy knit to keep things toned down.
3. Get Cozy in a Sweater Dress
This subtly sexy style is the ultimate hybrid of comfortable and dressy. Go simple with a pair of tall boots, like Babba Canales does here, or jazz things up with some spangly jewelry and a pair of pointy-toe flats.
4. Go All Out With Denim
This is how city girls do cowboy chic: Update a Canadian tuxedo with white ankle boots, a cozy white turtleneck and tiny sunglasses.
5. Cape Your Cardigan
Believe it or not, cardigans are—dare we say?—cool again. And one of the most popular ways to rock ’em is casually draped over your shoulders.
6. Try Sporting a Summer Print
Rock your spring florals with an otherwise seasonally appropriate outfit, like Coterie member Katie Sturino did with a pastel topper and sparkly booties. Those mini buds suddenly have new legs.
7. Dress Up Simple Joggers
All you need is a sleek, slim-fit turtleneck, an architecturally draped coat and some pointy-toe pumps to make this weekend favorite feel infinitely fancier.
8. Swap your winter jacket for a cozy vest
Keep your core warm and your arms free to move as they please. You'll really appreciate this tip when you discover your chunkiest sweater sleeves will not fit into any of your coats.
9. GO HEAVY HANDED WITH JEWELRY
Even if all you have planned for the day is a Zoom call with your colleagues, adding a few baubles and gems will help you feel more put together or dressed up (and make it a little less obvious that you’re still wearing the T-shirt you slept in).
10. Stick to One Color Group
Pick either warm tones (yellows, oranges, reds) or cool ones (blues, purples, greens) and mix and match shades until you find your perfect combination. Thanks for the tip, Coco Bassey.
11. Swap Plain Leggings for Faux Leather
Even if you keep the rest of your outfit super casual (oversize T-shirt or sweater, simple booties, etc.), faux-leather leggings will give your look an instant upgrade, a tip we learned from Coterie member Liz Teich.
12. Use Colorful Accessories to Jazz Things Up
Casual pants and an oversize cardigan may not feel inherently fancy. But add on some brightly hued earrings, a bold clutch and funky flats and you’re suddenly singing a very different tune.
13. Sport a Parisian Beret
14. Rock a Chunky Sweater Over Pinstriped Pants
Our weekend and work wardrobes have melded together to become one big, stylish family. So why not mix and match your most classic office trousers with a super-cozy chunky knit? How very 2020.
16. Invest In Some Kicks That Make You Smile
Some days we just can’t be bothered to put together anything more fashion-forward than some jeans and an oversize blazer. But a pair of smile-inducing sneakers, like Tyla-Lauren Gilmore's bright Nike kicks, will make you feel that much more put together and add a fun pop to even the most basic outfit.
17. Tie a Sweater Over Your Coat
If you often find yourself overheating in a super-warm coat (especially one that’s more appropriate for an arctic excursion than suburban living), simply wear a thin tee under your coat and tie your sweater around your wist. Then, when you get wherever you’re going, take off the coat and put on your sweater.
18. Rock Red and Green the Grown-Up Way
Nothing against ugly holiday sweaters, but some of us prefer our festive outfits to be a bit more subtle. Burgundy and forest green are just as seasonally appropriate as ruby red and emerald (especially when worn with metallic gold pumps) without feeling quite so on the nose.
20. Pair Sequins with (a tiny bit of) Leopard
Sequins and leopard print are two statement-making details that run the risk of looking pretty overwhelming when worn together. But adding just a hint of one to accent a major splash of the other is just the right balance of quirky and cool.
22. Think Outside the Layering Box
You wore your long-sleeve lace blouse over silky camis all summer long, but now it’s time to rock that baby under your chunkiest sweater for a fresh contrast of styles.
23. ROCK A FESTIVE BLAZER
Wear a bold, cushy topper like this one over your winter whites and finish the whole look off with a pair of smart suede loafers. You're officially ready for any and all invitations that come your way, from your office holiday party to your best friend's cookie exchange (even if they’re just over Zoom).
24. Pair Pastels With Pale Neutrals
Combine lighter neutrals, like tan, beige and gray, with icy pastels, like blue, lilac or frosty pink, for a gorgeous and delicate winter-ready effect. (If you’re worried about looking washed out, incorporate some accessories in darker shades for a little added punch.)
25. Dress Up an Ugly Holiday Sweater
Sweaters covered in tinsel, pom-poms, blinking lights and unexpected holiday scenes have become as much of a December staple as sequins and velvet. And while you can always wear yours over some simple jeans and boots, dressing them up with tights and a sexy skirt or embellished accessories just adds to the fun.
26. Slip Tights On Under Your Jeans
We’re all pretty well versed in the basics of layering tops, but when it comes to our legs, they often get left out in the cold (literally). Slip on a pair of tights to give your stems some extra protection.
27. Layer a Turtleneck Over a Fancy Maxi
Turn a formal wedding-guest dress into something more appropriate for holiday dinner or a festive cocktail party by pulling a chunky, cozy knit over the top. Keep your hair and makeup minimal and add a few brightly hued accessories to really tone down those fancy vibes.
28. Embrace the Power of the Puffer
You resisted the practical puffer for so long, but it’s finally time to give in. And hey, there’s no need to resign to looking like the Michelin Man when there are so many colorful, fun and even flattering options out there.
29. Wear Sweats All Day Long
Opt for a sleeker pair than the grays you usually wear the to the gym, like Coterie member Natalia Levsina’s cozy light blue set. Then finish with a long tailored coat, chunky scarf and either sneakers or ankle boots and no one will even notice you're wearing your pj's out and about.
30. Break Out the Colorful Faux Fur
When it comes to faux fur, we say the more faux the better. That means super-bright colors and unnatural prints galore. They are meant to be fun, after all.