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8 Casual Christmas Outfit Ideas That Are Still Cute

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When it comes to Christmas, I think we all love the idea of breaking out our festive outfits and dancing the night away under the glow of the Christmas lights. Ornament balls are the new disco balls, haven’t you heard? But in reality, we tend to reach for something a little more comfortable than a sequin formal gown, whether we’re eating dinner with family or spending most of the day watching Christmas movies.

But thankfully, you don’t have to decide between a look that’s straight-up comfort or worthy of the festive season. You can have both! This holiday season, the perfect outfit choice is a mix of casual and cute. Get inspired by these Christmas outfit ideas that are cute without sacrificing comfort. Now you can look good and feel good.

1. skinny jeans + plaid or tartan top + vest + ankle boots + beanie
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Fun fact: plaid (or tartan), which originated from Scotland, is a popular pattern for Christmas because of the Scots, who celebrated the winter solstice. Not only is tartan the perfect holiday print, but a plaid flannel is the perfect casual cute item too. Men that worked outdoors, such as lumberjacks or farmers, would wear a plaid flannel because of its warmth and durability.

True, not exactly “cute” professions, but because of these casual beginnings, plaid flannel is great for dressing down any look. Even better is that this soft fabric will keep you warm and cozy!

You’ve got the casual, now it’s time to add in the cute. Top off your plaid top with a quilted or puffer vest for extra coziness and interest. Add a statement ankle book, such as leopard print, for extra style to your look. Leopard print pairs well with a red plaid shirt! Finish off your look with a beanie and some gold jewelry.

2. leggings + oversized sweater + socks + boots + scarf + beanie
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If Christmas time looks like staying home and reading by the fire all day, then this is the look for you. An oversized sweater and leggings are always a good start to a casual outfit. A red plaid scarf is not only cozy and stylish, but it’s the perfect holiday print, adding the festive factor back into this look.

Your socks are a good place to have a blend of whimsy and fun, so why not get winter-themed socks such as reindeer or a fair isle print? If you find yourself heading out the door to pick up some last-minute hot cocoa, slip on a pair of warm boots that are a bit more structured than the typical Uggs.

3. sweater dress + vest cardigan + plaid scarf + ankle boots
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Though this outfit may look dressy, it feels casual. And those are the best type of looks, right? Wrapped up in cozy fabrics, you’ll be set for lounging in this all day at home.

If you feel like venturing out then all you have to do is throw on some ankle boots for instant style. When it comes to cute Christmas outfits, you can never go wrong with incorporating a sweater dress into your look. In a huggable material, not only does it make for a cozy outfit, but a stylish one too.

4. jeans + sweater + poncho + boots
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Ponchos and shawls are great for feeling like you’re wrapped up in a blanket all day-without sacrificing style, of course! You can keep the rest of your outfit pretty basic with stretchy jeans and a long sleeve white or black top, and bring in the pattern and style through your poncho. Since you probably won’t be wearing a necklace, feel free to accessorize with earrings- whether you go for simple gold hoops or statement earrings, the choice is up to you!

Boots with a heel are perfect for throwing on last minute to instantly elevate your outfit. Thigh-high boots add even more to that drama factor.

5. jeans + cable knit sweater + blanket scarf + ankle boots
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It can’t get much simpler than jeans and a sweater. A cable knit/fisherman sweater is a great way to look festive while staying cozy. Though not exactly “cute”, because hey, it’s in the name, you could always replace cable-knit sweaters with ugly Christmas sweaters instead!

Though jeans might not seem like the most comfortable thing in the world, they’re nice to wear as they can make you feel a little more dressed up and put together for the day. Clothing retailers like Madewell have a chart on their site that lets you know how rigid or flexible their jeans are. Just look for jeans with more stretch! My favorite stretchy jeans are these and these.

Add a blanket scarf in fun festive colors for that holiday touch and coziness. Gold hoops keep it simple yet classy and if you’re going to head out the door, throw on a pair of classic leather ankle boots.

6. leggings + sweater dress + socks + slippers + scarf + beanie
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If your Christmas day consists of snuggles on the couch and Christmas movie marathons with your immediate family, then this is the look for you.

A sweater dress is a versatile piece to have in your wardrobe all fall and winter, and it’s a great thing to wear when cute and casual Christmas outfits are the goal too!

7. leggings + swing dress + cardigan + scarf + boots
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Dressing in layers is always a good idea and these comfy, flowy fabrics make for a cute yet casual look. Pick a pop of red in this look, whether it’s a red cardigan or a red dress for that touch of Christmas! To up the festive factor, you can always add in some green too, but avoid wearing red and green head to toe.

8. midi skirt + white top + mule slides
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Whether you go for chunky sweaters or leggings with a timeless poncho, these casual Christmas outfits all have a stylish element to them and they’re easy to recreate using whatever you have at home!

If you’re looking for festive Christmas outfits for Christmas parties or work events, check out this post!

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Carolyn Arentson
Carolyn is the founder and creator behind My Chic Obsession. When she's not dreaming up new content, you can find her watching a funny tv show with her husband, raising her two boys, or planning her next trip to Paris.