Another thing to keep in mind is that around the holidays, friends and neighbors often stop by with freshly baked cookies or a small gift. While those unexpected guests will understand if your living room is covered in wrapping paper, even the nicest person may look askance if you are still in your pajamas or sweatpants in the afternoon. The solution? Throw on a comfortable knit dress over warm leggings and you'll look like you have the holidays under control!
If you are more of a jeans and t-shirt kind of person, look for a top that feels festive. I am definitely not encouraging anyone to invest in clothing with jingle bells or flashing lights sewn on, but a metallic stripe or subdued sequins on a tee can make even your casual outfit feel special. Throw on your favorite patterned scarf (the easiest and most practical winter accessory) and you're set to leave the house!
If you do have to leave the house on a day when the weather is truly dreadful, looking stylish is probably the last thing on your mind. This is when a cozy, tie-front cardigan will be your best friend. You will feel like you are wrapped up in your favorite blanket on the couch, but the outside world will see a chic layering piece with a waist-defining tie.