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Casual At-Home Holiday Outfits

It’s a pretty sure bet that most, if not all of us will be celebrating the holidays at home, with minimal guests. There will be a very small crowd…as in no crowd, at our house. That doesn’t mean we don’t want to wear something festive and we certainly don’t want to look frumpy.

This month for The Fashion Edit Over 50, Cindy and I are sharing casual at-home holiday outfits. Casual means different things to different people. For some, it’s sneakers and sweats. I tend to lean on the more dressed-up side of casual so here are two outfits I’d wear for the holidays.

Plaid

All of a sudden, I’m loving plaid, especially for the holidays. It just feels cherry, which we could all use a dose of this year. This A-line tunic is just the sort of top I would wear for hanging at home. It comes in several colors, one being this, my favorite evergreen.  The photo below is a better capture of the color.jennifer of a well styled life wearing plaid shirt from j jill

I love the way the sides dip down, so you have an asymmetrical hemline. It obviously has pockets which I’m always a sucker for. It does come with a button for every buttonhole, but neither my husband nor I noticed I hadn’t buttoned the middle one up:D I’m wearing a medium petite which feels large so I would size down. And if you’re short like me, be sure to get petite or it’ll be like a dress on you. casual at-home holiday outfit of plaid shirt and nacy cords on jennifer of a well styled life

I styled it with these fine-wale corduroy pants that are so soft, I thought they were velvet. They are cotton with plenty of spandex which is super important for me during holiday mealtime. They come in 3 other colors, all in petite, regular, plus, and tall. I’m wearing a 6 petite which fits me perfectly so they run TTS. This would also look great over these cozy velour leggings.

I couldn’t resist this broach which I’ll use every winter going forward. I love that it combines gold and silver tones and coordinates with my Pave Hoop Earrings.

Here are the same corduroy pants, this time in pinot. A note about the length…I wear booties a lot this time of year. Most narrow leg pants aren’t wide enough to cover the shaft of the bootie. That means the pants need to be shorter or they will bunch on top. I usually opt for the regular in pants, but with booties, the petite is perfect. If you live in a colder climate than I do, you could opt to wear socks that match your booties.chenille sweater in burgundy worn by jennifer of a well styled life

Chenille

This chenille sweater is really soft and cuddly. You saw me wear it in navy here. In that post, I wore the regular medium and assumed that I could also wear the petite, and I can…but the arms are shorter than I like. I do have long arms which often has me preferring tops from the regular department.

Sparkle

I’ve had this scarf for over 30 years. I store it in a ziplock bag and only use it around the holidays so the moths have not gotten to it;) This one is surprisingly similar. My necklace was a huge seller at J.Crew for many years, with good reason. It adds just the right touch to both casual and dressier looks. It’s now sold out but I found one here. I have worn this so often, I rubbed the metal off the back of mine so I bought a replacement. That’s one of the best things about eBay…you can find almost everything for sale.

HERE ARE A FEW OTHERS

 

Let’s head over to Cindy Hattersley Design and see what’s she’s wearing. Something tells me she’s going to knock it out of the park because she always does.

I know many of you collect pins as I do. How do you store yours? I’m running out of room on the pillow I pin mine to.

Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.

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32 Comments

  1. Janice
    December 17, 2020 / 5:55 am

    I like the way the plaid shirt looks on you so I went online and ordered. I am short with blond hair similar to yours, this is outside my norm but this year needs a boost. Thank you for your ideas.

  2. Janis @ retirementallychallenged.com
    December 13, 2020 / 4:12 pm

    That pinot color looks fabulous on you! You have the perfect shade of lipstick for it too! I’m all about casual, so this post was perfect for my motivation to get out of leggings once in a while.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      December 13, 2020 / 8:25 pm

      Thanks, Janis. I am really liking it too.

  3. Karen Young
    December 11, 2020 / 4:57 pm

    You’re not alone wanting plaid. LL Bean tells me everything plaid sold out early this year! Clothing, centerpieces, all of it.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      December 11, 2020 / 8:34 pm

      Plaid is cheery and we all need as much of it as we can get.

  4. Kathy
    December 11, 2020 / 2:30 pm

    Hi, Jennifer,
    I love the chenille sweater with the sparkly necklace and beautiful scarf; it looks very festive without trying too hard. I attempted to access Cindy’s blog, but as soon as I go to the website, the pictures and print fade into the background and I get these parallel bars running across it. This is not the first time that has happened. I’m wondering if anyone else has encountered this problem?

    • Jennifer
      Author
      December 11, 2020 / 8:34 pm

      I have let Cindy know. Thanks Kathy

  5. Teri
    December 11, 2020 / 1:49 pm

    I loved the tunic and placed an order for it! Thanks for the style inspiration.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      December 11, 2020 / 8:32 pm

      Thank you, Teri, I hope you love it too.

  6. Shari
    December 11, 2020 / 1:27 pm

    Jennifer!
    Love all the vintage pins! Yes I have many and some were my mother’s!
    Thinking of Madelyn Albright and her statement pins!!

  7. Rose
    December 11, 2020 / 11:22 am

    That plaid tunic looks so comfy. Exactly what we need this year for staying home for the holidays!

  8. Rhonda Williams
    December 11, 2020 / 10:47 am

    Hi Jennifer. Do the pants have a zipper? I like pull ons. I looked at the product information and it seems that they have a fly button, but not sure if there is a zipper. Otherwise, I love them!

    Have a happy Christmas – small though it may be this year!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      December 11, 2020 / 8:31 pm

      Yes, they are a regular 5 pocket jean-type styling with a zipper and button in front.

  9. Gerri
    December 11, 2020 / 10:41 am

    I love the pinot outfit! I do not like ankle length pants with this kind of shoe. It looks like the pants are too short! I know you like this style, but could you show a different shoe choice occasionally for those of us who prefer loafers, etc. Enjoy your post everyday.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      December 11, 2020 / 8:30 pm

      I would simply wear these pants with a loafer as is, or choose the regular version for a bit more length.

  10. Linda
    December 11, 2020 / 9:42 am

    Oh how I LOVE that velvet scarf!!!!!!!!!!!

    I hope your hand is feeling better!

    We
    Will
    Celebrate the holidays in our home this year. I plan to take us on a Christmas Lights drive soon. We go at dusk, bring hot chocolate and drive to see the best displays if lights available. It is a tradition that I have done since I was born. My parents started it and I have continued all these years.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      December 11, 2020 / 8:29 pm

      Thanks so much. That sounds like a wonderful tradition, Linda.

  11. CAROLYN LASSONDE
    December 11, 2020 / 8:03 am

    Jennifer, your hair has been looking really lovely and full these last few posts. Can you give an update on what products/styling tricks you’re using lately? Love your blog! Carolyn from Colorado.

  12. cindy
    December 11, 2020 / 7:16 am

    I LOVE that flannel shirt and I have been meaning to try those cords from J Jill. I just haven’t made it into the store. I need to pick your brain on what size to order before I pull the trigger. This was a fun post. I think it lifted all of our spirits. And…I have that same j crew necklace and sometimes I wear it as a bracelet as well. Their rhinestone collection is the best isn’t it.

    • Jennifer
      December 11, 2020 / 7:36 am

      You’re full of great ideas! I’ll try mine as a bracelet😊 Your outfits are so fabulous as always. I’m
      Constantly inspired to try new things.

  13. Carol
    December 11, 2020 / 6:50 am

    For pin storage…….get one of those hanging shoe storage bags with the clear pockets and hang it over a doorway or in your closet. You’ll be able to see the pins easily and access and re-store them without a hassle.

    • Jennifer
      December 11, 2020 / 7:37 am

      That’s a great idea! Off to Target for one today. Thanks, Carol.

  14. Linda L
    December 11, 2020 / 6:42 am

    I don’t wear my pins too often now that I’m retired and fall into the active retiree category. 😂 But I do love them! In response to earring storage, I bought plastic boxes that have a dozen separate boxes within it to organize my everyday earrings. They come packaged in threes at Home Goods & I found them in the desk accessory area. I’m sure they’re meant for paper clips and such but they work for all my earrings. Love your plaid Jennifer!

    • Jennifer
      December 11, 2020 / 7:38 am

      That’s a great idea for earrings and pins. Thanks Linda.

  15. Rebecca Bowes
    December 11, 2020 / 6:32 am

    I love the plaid tunic 😀. and love that the horizontal stripes align correctly over the front opening, just like they should.

  16. Valerie
    December 11, 2020 / 6:00 am

    I always look forward to your posts. I love outfit number 2, those colors on you are gorgeous and that scarf is so very pretty. I know you’ve heard this a million times but after reading some of your post I realize I have similar pieces in my own closet. Thank you.

  17. Diane B
    December 11, 2020 / 5:41 am

    Blues and wines certainly bring out your glow, you look gorgeous in those sweater and pant looks.
    You were asking about the pin storage, well, when I got frustrated with searching boxes, I took a canvas picture from goodwill and covered it with velvet, hung it on the wall behind the door and hung them on that. Even when I am not wearing them, they are there to remind me of where I got them and who owned them before me in some cases. I had better get the Christmas ones out for my coats before it is too late.

  18. Jan
    December 11, 2020 / 5:39 am

    How to personalize your casual outfit? Just add a favorite, treasured accessory and you are all set for the holidays! You featured this today and it just makes so much sense this year for sure.
    There will be just two of us celebrating this year at our home in contrast to the usual group of twenty plus. I still want to feel special and for me that starts by taking a few extra steps to look my best. I love all the outfits you featured today and may need to order that darling “winter pines” pin!

  19. Linda R Gaertner
    December 11, 2020 / 5:32 am

    Not too excited about the plaid shirt but like the outfit with the sweater.

  20. MP
    December 11, 2020 / 5:18 am

    You absolutely shine in outfit no. 2! The scarf and the necklace look really nice together without overdoing it. The sweater, pants and booties! YES!

  21. Cottontail10
    December 11, 2020 / 4:54 am

    Very cute looks for a quieter holiday, I would wear them both.

  22. Yvonne
    December 11, 2020 / 4:51 am

    I’m all into casual these days, and you’ve shown us some wonderful outfits lately Jennifer. You also inspired me to purchase a plaid scarf recently, which I’ve worn a few times with my parka. Yes, we’ve already had a few snowstorms here in my part of Canada. Oh how I envy your climate at times.
    I would love some suggestions for storing earrings. I have so many that I’m losing track of what I have. It took me 5 minutes the other day to find a pair of earrings that I haven’t worn in a while.
    On another note, did you find a new hair stylist yet? I had my stylist cut my hair a lot shorter than usual as we are expecting to be in lockdown again soon. It will be interesting to see how it turns out when I style it myself today LOL.

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