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?