The holiday season is upon us. It’s a busy time of the year with many places to go and things to do. Don’t let that nagging question of “what do I wear” hold you back.
And don’t think you have to resign yourself to wearing red and black to look festive. I’ve seen requests for Christmas outfits that aren’t red and black (red top or sweater and black pants) so I’ve got you covered with 19 Christmas outfits that aren’t red and black.
I originally published this post 3 years ago but it draws traffic each year and has been getting some extra attention Lately. I’ve updated some of the shopping links and swapped out a couple of outfits for ones that are a little more up to date. These outfits are all classic and timeless so they are worth coming back to year after year.
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Christmas Outfits That Aren’t Red and Black
Wear these to a variety of activities- parties, shopping, family photos, caroling, gift exchanges, church, to the tree farm, or where ever you have a need to look festive. Use these for inspiration and think out of the box. If you want to wear a skirt instead of pants, swap the bottoms. Flip the colors from top to bottom. Swap out shoes. Make it work for you.
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1- Lace top+ velvet pants+mules
Textures and patterns make an outfit more interesting and festive for this time of year. No red in this outfit.
Lace is always a bit dressy and velvet is both cozy and bit more elevated than basic black pants.
Burgundy makes a great substitute for red and still looks seasonal. A plaid mule or loafer would look cute with this outfit.
2- Green pencil skirt + bow sweater
Green is just as festive as red. If a pencil skirt isn’t your thing, try a green midi skirt with a bow sweater.
If you don’t want to wear a skirt, a bow sweater and green velvet pants or other green pants work for a Christmas outfit that isn’t red and black.
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3- Cream/ivory sweater+jeans+vest+festive scarf+riding boots
These are fall and winter basics you should have in your closet. With a fun scarf, they become a festive outfit. This outfit is perfect for caroling, bonfires, or going to the Christmas tree farm.
4 Fair isle sweater+ burgundy (colored) jeans + booties
A fair isle sweater is festive without being tacky. Pair it with a coordinating colored pant for a fun Christmas outfit. Any color scheme with a fair isle sweater is festive and appropriate for the holidays.
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5 Cream or ivory sweater + velvet pants+ fur scarf/stole + black ankle boots
A faux fur stole or scarf makes an outfit just a little bit more festive and fancy.
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6 Sweatshirt or sweater dress + fur vest + tall boots
A sweatshirt dress or sweater dress with a fur vest can make a fun and festive outfit. Faux fur vests aren’t as trendy as they used to be but can still be pulled out for special occasions.
Related: 5 Ways to Wear A Sweatshirt Dress
7-Cream sweater with burgudy jeans/pants + faux fur stole/scarf+leopard booties
Again, burgundy works for the season. Basics get a kick from the faux fur stole and leopard booties.
8-Cream sweater+buffalo plaid vest+jeans+riding boots
No buffalo plaid vest? Switch this up with a grey or black vest and a buffalo plaid scarf. Riding boots or tall boots work best with your skinny jeans.
Scarf- similar; sweater- Gap; jeans- NYDJ; boots- Naturalizer; vest- Old Navy
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9- Plaid shirt+grey jeans+fur vest+winter boots+embellished beanie
I love wearing this blingy beanie during the holidays. If you aren’t going to be outside much, go without a beanie. Sub any cardigan or jacket for the vest. A white, ivory or cream colored cardigan would work well with this look.
10- Burgundy cowl neck sweater+boot cut jeans+blanket scarf+ankle boots
Wear a plaid blanket scarf like a shawl or poncho with any sweater and jeans for a festive touch. Blanket scarves aren’t trendy like they used to be, but this is an elegant and modern way to wear one.
11 Cream sweater+burgundy pants+plaid scarf (worn as shawl)
Another look with the scarf as a cape/shawl but with ankle pants and a sweater in case you need something dressier. Add a necklace so that if you take the scarf off indoors, you still have an accessory on.
Sweater- Gap/old; pants- Loft/ old; leopard flats- old
12 Green tweed jacket + sweater + green pencil skirt + tall black boots
An outfit for the office holiday party, especially those held during office hours. Wear an office appropriate pencil skirt and jacket in festive holiday colors.
13 Plaid shirt + red (or green) skirt+ leopard pumps+crystal statement necklace
Add a little sparkle with your earrings and necklace and your everyday outfits become holiday outfits. Dress up a plaid flannel shirt by pairing it with a red skirt and sparkly accessories.
14 Camel cardigan+ chambray shirt + black bottoms + chelsea boots + plaid scarf
A plaid scarf with a little red and green goes a long way into transforming basics into Christmas appropriate outfits. Pull together your basics like a chambray top, black pants and a neutral cardigan and make it a Christmas outfit wtih a plaid scarf.
15 Green cardigan+plaid top+ jeans+tall boots
Green is just as festive as red during this season. Add a little interest with a leopard clutch or purse.
16- Cream sweater+black pants (velvet) +black booties + necklace+ velvet cap
Change up your basics into a festive outfit with a sparkly necklace and a fun hat or other accessory.
17- Red Sweater + plaid shirt + cream corduroy pants + taupe booties
No black involved! Pair red with cream/ off white corduroy for a festive look. Add a little bling with your earrings.
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18 Velvet blazer+plaid shirt+black pants+ pumps
A velvet blazer makes a great holiday party outfit. I paired this one with a plaid shirt and a crystal statement necklace to make it more festive. I think this outfit would work equally well with boot cut jeans.
19- Buffalo plaid vest+gingham shirt+jeans
Okay, so this last one is red and black. But, it’s not a red top and black pants. It’s cute and quirky and fun for a day of outdoor Christmas activities.
Whew! That’s a long list of options. I hope you found some inspiration for Christmas outfits that aren’t red and black. Please pin and share so others can find these!