Christmas Outfit Inspiration+ A Holiday Cocktail Recipe - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Christmas Outfit Inspiration+ A Holiday Cocktail Recipe


If you are like me, you enjoy dressing up for Christmas. I am sharing Christmas outfit ideas of the past and will have others to share with you next week. It is hard to believe it is nearly one week away!

This year has rushed by faster than I thought it would. I always look forward to the festivities with Christmas shows, wrapping gifts, seeing family and listening to Christmas music. We hope to the Luminature Show at the Philadelphia Zoo, and we also enjoyed Longwood Gardens and the lighted trees and foliage there, years ago. If you are near Philidelphia, you may want to check out these two events and places.

Over the River and Through the Woods

to my Mother in Laws House We Go..

GPS knows the way to …

Well, we head out on Dec 23rd to Philly, so there will be a bit more content before Christmas.

Christmas Outfit Inspiration

brocade dress and button down shirt

Not crazy about your arms but have several strapless dresses you are longing to wear? Wearing a jeweled white button down underneath a strapless dress. A shrug would also look lovely here with the brocade and keep you covered.

mustard gold sweater and skirt with gold boots

I love gold for the Christmas season. Swap out the snakeskin gold booties and add a pair of black or gold strappy sandals. Swap out the LV for a jeweled or sequin clutch.

grey velvet maxi dress with strappy black sandals

This grey velvet maxi dress would look great on my cool toned ladies. Have white or silver hair, this would be lovely!

red floral midi dress with velvet boots

The red velvet booties add a touch of Holiday to the look . I can’t resist red outfits for Christmas and I love a dark floral pattern. 

I have worn this green velvet ZARA dress on the blog several times before (See post here) and its always a favorite. I love to add a patterned black tight as well. Yes, I dress my pups up in their Santa Suits each year!

gold velvet blazer with cream white lace skirt

You may have seen this Ann Taylor lace skirt before. It is among my favorites with its gold threading and delicate vintage-looking lace. I paired it here with a mustard gold DKNY blazer I bought secondhand.

Long red maxi dress and black heels

Red is just so striking isn’t it? It is one of my favorites for the Season, and this dress, that nips in at the waist and defines it, is elegant for the occassion

gold satin dress with jacquard purse

Nothing like a rich gold for the Holidays. I added a bit more interest to this satiny dress with my brocade bag bought years ago on Zara.

Red sweater dress with black booties

A red sweater dress from Target ( last year) is cozy and festive as I carry my floral circle bag ( with green and red flowers)

My green cashmere sweater and tweed skirt are jazzed up with a layered gold and green necklace.

Pj’s Anyone?

Or maybe you will be in pajamas for Christmas? I do a bit of both. I will dress up for Church (although it is virtual still) and later in the day get into my Pjs. These are my doggy pajamas from PJ Salvage. This pair is not available, but here is a darling pair that is similarLove this set too! Great if you are a dog lover! I will be sharing a family picture that I planned when after Christmas. Just a hint** Buffalo Plaid! 

And in case you missed my picture at my moms, here is some of her inflatable decor:-) I usually post extra photos on Instagram Stories. If you don’t follow me on IG, you can do so HERE.

I hope I gave you some outfit inspiration, and that you are looking forward to getting snazzy for the Christmas Holiday. And last but not least, a recipe I found on ** I have a tradition of making a new cocktail for the Holidays and thought this sounded tasty and festive. If you are a city gal, why not try the Santa Clausmopolitan? oh, heck. Anyone can enjoy this! 

recipe from

Photo by Brandon Bales

How do you dress for the Holidays? Are you more casual? Are you tempted to try a new cocktail?

If you missed my post about Vintage Toys- Toys at Christmas have a read. I discuss some of the fun toys I received as a child.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Jess xx

  • Neti
    Posted at 21:43h, 22 December Reply

    Love all your Holiday lewks Jess. Gotta say the color gold is also Fantastic on you. Happy Holidaze. . .

  • eyeloveknots
    Posted at 10:18h, 21 December Reply

    I never wear strapless anything because I hate that space right under my arms – you know the one. Love the idea of wearing it over another top as you have done! Never considered doing that with something strapless, tank top/spaghetti strap is the only thing that has come to mind. Thanks for that! Also love your dog PJs – too cute!


  • Wendy
    Posted at 08:54h, 19 December Reply

    Always so beautiful. And those doggies!

    Have a wonderful Christmas Jess!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:22h, 20 December Reply

      Thank you Wendy! I have some fun Christmas outfits for them to wear at their Inlaws. I’ll take pictures. Merry Christmas to you too Wendy!

  • Jodie
    Posted at 18:21h, 17 December Reply

    That shirt under the strapless dress?? Brilliant, and it looks like they were made to go together.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:27h, 20 December Reply

      Thanks Jodie! The top has black jewels at the collar, so I thought it would work well.

  • Michelle Churchman
    Posted at 11:05h, 17 December Reply

    These are all so lovely and festive, Jess! I can’t choose a favorite.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:30h, 20 December Reply

      Thank you Michelle! I love trying to “do it up” for the Holidays, dressing up and putting up decorations, I really enjoy it.

  • Gwen Gottlieb
    Posted at 07:09h, 17 December Reply

    Such a fun holiday post. Love your styles for the season and for Christmas. Those pjs are the cutest. Love a good cocktail, too! You covered all the bases here. Happy merry everything!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:29h, 20 December Reply

      Thank you Gwen! I got the PJs a few years ago, as it was called “Best in Show” with the dogs on it. That was my Dad’s favorite movie too! Glad you enjoyed the post. Happy Holidays to you! xo

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 05:04h, 17 December Reply

    Well, you had me at that cocktail – so festive! You have such a collection of wonderful Christmas outfits, all so elegant! So many rich textures and colors! I hope you have a safe trip to Philly and enjoy a wonderful Christmas sweet friend!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:28h, 20 December Reply

      Thank you Kellyann! I know we enjoy making the new cocktails each year. Glad you like the outfits! I will probably wear one of them on Christmas day! Merry Christmas to you and your family! xo

  • Lovely
    Posted at 02:20h, 17 December Reply

    I possibly can’t pick a favorite; all these styles are fabulous.

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