While your closet has to be versatile all year round, when it comes to the holiday season, you’ll need your outfits to be more hard working than ever. You’ll have events to attend, dinners, lunches, casual days, winter walks… and your outfits have to work for all of those. Below, you’ll find all the outfits for the holidays you need for any day, no matter how formal or casual.

Below, you’ll find tops, bottoms, coats, dresses, shoes and accessories from Nordstrom with whom we are collaborating for this article. You can mix and match to create countless holiday outfits.

What to think about when choosing your holiday outfits

1. Festive colors

The holiday season is the perfect time to add colors associated with the festive period to your outfits. You’ll see plenty of red in the capsule below.

Festive holiday outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Eliza J Velvet BlazerNordstrom Cashmere Essential V-Neck SweaterRails Maya Satin A-Line SkirtPelle Moda Binni Half d’Orsay SandalCult Gaia Nia Beaded ClutchEttika Crystal Drop Earrings

2. Luxurious materials

Look out for silks, satin, cashmere and lace to make any outfit feel dressier.

Choose luxurious materials for your holiday look | 40plusstyle.com

Eliza J Velvet BlazerRails Kate Lynx Print Silk Button-Up BlouseHalogen Wide Leg PantsMichael Kors Porter BootieCult Gaia Nia Beaded ClutchArgento Vivo Sterling Silver Hammered J Hoop Earrings

3. Embellishments

Even if you’re a minimalist at heart, you may be tempted to add at least one embellishment to your holiday season outfits. Look out for sequins and statement shoes.

Outfit for the holidays: jumpsuit, embellished pumps and clutch | 40plusstyle.com

Fraiche by J Johnny Long Sleeve JumpsuitPelle Moda Binni Half d’Orsay SandalBadgley Mischka Collection Cher Crystal Embellished PumpNina Crystal Embellished MinaudièreCOACH Pretzel & Apple Charm Necklace

4. Warmth and practicality

While style is always important if you want to feel at your most confident, you’ll also want to make sure you’re warm enough for cooler days. Choose cozy sweaters and coats.

Consider warmth and practicality in choosing your holiday outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Ted Baker London Rose Wool Blend Wrap CoatVince Band Collar Silk BlousePAIGE Manhattan High Waist Bootcut JeansMichael Kors Porter BootieRebecca Minkoff Julian Small Chevron Quilted Leather BackpackCOACH Pretzel & Apple Charm Necklace


outfits for the holidays: Tops

Now, onto some specific choices for your holiday season outfits. For your tops, a white blouse is always a classic (even better if it’s silk). You can also look out for asymmetric details, bright colors and dramatic prints.

Tops for your festive outfits | 40plusstyle.com

Vince Band Collar Silk BlouseRails Kate Lynx Print Silk Button-Up BlouseCareste Madison Sleeveless Silk TopNordstrom Cashmere Essential V-Neck Sweater

Coats and jackets to go with your outfits for the holidays

Particularly as the weather is cooling down for most of you, you’ll need stylish coats and jackets to add to your outfits. Look out for blazers you can add to elevate your outfits, classy wrap coats to wear over your evening dresses, and warmer padded coats to keep you warm on your winter walks.

Coats and jackets to wear with your outfits for the holidays | 40plusstyle.com

Eliza J Velvet BlazerAnne Klein Monterey Open Front Peplum CardiganTed Baker London Rose Wool Blend Wrap CoatSam Edelman Belted Longline Puffer Jacket


A pair of well-fitting jeans like the PAIGE bootcuts (below) is a true staple of any wardrobe, and you can dress them up with heels and a blazer, or down for daywear. Also look out for pants that will make a statement with bright shades, on-trend prints and sequins.

Pants and jeans for your outfits for the holidays | 40plusstyle.com

PAIGE Manhattan High Waist Bootcut JeansHalogen Wide Leg PantsFavorite Daughter The Favorite Pant Pleat PantsEndless Rose Sequin Slit Leg Flare Pants

Dresses, jumpsuit and skirt

Even if you don’t usually wear dresses and skirts, you probably tend to wear them during the festive season. A black dress or jumpsuit will go with everything, and you can change the look of your outfit for different occasions with your shoes and accessories. Red will add drama, while you could wear a bias cut skirt with your cozy sweaters.

Dresses and skirts for parties | 40plusstyle.com

Nordstrom Long Sleeve Trapeze DressEliza J Body-Con Ruffle Detail Cocktail DressFraiche by J Johnny Long Sleeve JumpsuitRails Maya Satin A-Line Skirt

outfits for the holidays – Shoes and boots

To go with your outfits for the holidays, you’ll need a great pair of shoes. To really dress up your outfits, look out for shoes with embellishments such as the crystal pumps and gold detail heels below. Don’t forget you’ll need practical, flat boots for casual days and walks.

Shoes and boots for the party season | 40plusstyle.com

Pelle Moda Binni Half d’Orsay SandalBadgley Mischka Collection Cher Crystal Embellished PumpMichael Kors Porter BootieRykä Brae Water-Repellent Lace-Up Boot


Your accessories will add the finishing touches to your outfits for the holidays. Clutch bag and statement jewelry will be perfect for evenings, while you could opt for a backpack for more casual days.

Accessories to finish off your festive looks | 40plusstyle.com

Rebecca Minkoff Julian Small Chevron Quilted Leather BackpackCult Gaia Nia Beaded ClutchNina Crystal Embellished MinaudièreCOACH Pretzel & Apple Charm NecklaceEttika Crystal Drop EarringsTory Burch Circle Logo Stud EarringsArgento Vivo Sterling Silver Hammered J Hoop Earrings

Your outfits for the holidays together in one capsule

Below, you could see how you could put together some of the clothes, shoes and accessories from above to create outfits each day, no matter whether you’re going for a walk or to a party.

There are 9 outfits for the holidays ideas for you here, but you could create many more outfits with the same clothes and accessories. For instance, you could wear the white blouse and red pants, the check pants with the lace boots and sweater, the jeans with the velvet blazer or the red dress with a pair of opaque tights and the gold heel boots.

Holiday outfits | 40plusstyle.com

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