What to Wear Christmas Eve


While we all have different Christmas Eve traditions, I believe the majority of plans call for a semi-casual dress code meaning a little more dressed up than normal everyday wear, but more casual than formal wear.

Plan for the venue and weather. You’ll want to dress a little more formal to go to a nice restaurant than you would to go to a relative’s house for dinner. You always want to keep the weather in mind so your outfit is functional as well as presentable. Just because you live in a warmer climate does not mean you have to miss out on dressing festive, there are plenty of lighter weight options for holiday attire.

Prepare for a multiple event dilemma. If you have some running around to do on Christmas Eve that calls for different types of dress codes (say, more formal church service and a casual family get-together), make it easy on yourself and wear one outfit and change out accessories. For example, you can wear a dress and tights to the church service, and change into flats and put on a more casual sweater when you arrive at your relatives house.

Be as festive as possible. How I view it, Christmas Eve/Christmas Day is one of my last chances to go “all out” with plaid, red, metallic, etc. If that’s not your forte, just one bolder item and tone it down with the rest of your outfit. Dressing classic doesn’t mean dressing boring, so put on something fun that you’ll enjoy wearing.

This Christmas Eve, I’ll be going to my relative’s house for dinner and then attending the late Christmas Eve service at my church. I decided to wear my new pants from Land’s End that you can still buy for 40% off (comes down to $33) and get before Christmas Eve. I paired with with my J Crew oxford that has a jeweled collar, and for functionality put a sweater on over it. *Tip for wearing plaid pants* – wear a shorter coat with it to avoid them looking like pajama pants under a longer coat. I figured this one out the hard way. 😉






What are you wearing Christmas Eve?




8 Comments on What to Wear Christmas Eve

  1. Michaela
    December 18, 2014 at 10:34 pm (8 years ago)

    Loving this outfit! You look great! I think this year we are doing fancy! I’m pulling out the sparkly dress 😉

    Michaela || The Monogrammed Midwesterner

    • thedressdecoded
      December 18, 2014 at 10:40 pm (8 years ago)

      Oh fun! I wish I had a fancy Christmas eve planned! 🙂

    • thedressdecoded
      December 19, 2014 at 3:14 am (8 years ago)

      Thank you!

  2. Meg
    May 26, 2016 at 11:35 am (7 years ago)

    Is this wallpaper wall in your house?

    • Meg
      May 26, 2016 at 11:36 am (7 years ago)


    • thedressdecoded
      May 29, 2016 at 8:32 pm (7 years ago)

      Yes! It’s a 1929 Saturday Evening Post!


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