We’re getting oh so close to Christmas. If you’re lucky enough to be able to gather with anyone during the holidays, I’m providing a little style inspiration for your party-ready outfits. But even if you, like me, will be celebrating Christmas at home with only your spouse, I think it might be a good idea to dress up a little now and again. Dressing up is part of the party experience. Is it not? And even if you’re celebrating with a party of two, you can get in the mood with one of these pretty in plaid outfits for the holidays.
This post is not sponsored by Talbots, but indeed everything I’m showing is from Talbots. That’s because when we shot these photos I thought I might use it for my Talbots collaboration, but then went another direction in this previous post.
I’ve been eyeing tartan plaids for years, but hadn’t yet taken the plunge. But since I’ve noticed that they come back around every single year, I’ve decided it’s worth it to purchase a pair of black watch tartan plaid velveteen pants. My plan is to wear these every year, especially at the holidays, but really throughout the winter.
Unfortunately, as of Sunday evening availability of these pants are down to one size, and my bet is they may be sold out by today. So I’m linking to lots of other options. That said, there must be a lot of women wearing plaid this holiday season, because the pickings are thin in all of the tartan plaid pants and skirts I’m sharing in my shopping widget, too.
Here I’ve paired my black watch tartan plaid velveteen pants with a Kelly green cashmere sweater. The sweater is also no longer available in this color unfortunately. But this button cuff cashmere sweater is a nice substitute.
I kept my jewelry refined and traditional, but you could certainly go a different direction and add more bling. I chose to wear my classic gold hoops, a tassel chain link necklace and a simple gold bangle (substitute).
If you’re looking for a black watch plaid pant, I suggest checking out these from J.Crew. I love the kickout crop silhouette and the bi-stretch wool fabric. Right now they’re fairly well stocked.
Because the black watch plaid velveteen pants at Talbots are about sold out, I created an equally charming look with these red classic tartan plaid pants. You can see it below.
Now let’s check out my second outfit with the black watch tartan plaid velveteen pants.
Really all I did was switch out the green cashmere sweater for an indigo blue ribbed turtleneck sweater. (By the way, this ribbed turtleneck sweater also comes in a similar green to my cashmere turtleneck.) But I think the look is quite different, more subdued, but still very classy.
I asked James to zoom in close on the photo above because I wanted you to see the blue, green and black in the black watch plaid. But it’s also a great detail shot of the ribbed turtleneck.
As I said, I’m really bummed that these pants are basically sold out. But I do have a lot of other options for you in the shopping widget below. If you like the colors, you might want to check out Talbots’ dashing plaid Hampshire ankle pants. And if you’re open to or partial to red and navy, I’d steer you to their Merry Tartan Hampshire ankle pants.
For the second look I topped my ribbed turtleneck sweater with my green puffer vest. But of course both of these looks would be great under a classic wool coat in black, navy or camel as well. Even a baby blue or green coat would work beautifully over these plaid pants.
Do you have any tartan plaid in your wardrobe? I think it’s a wise investment if you’re into it. While it’s most traditional to wear the tartan plaids during November or December, you absolutely can continue to wear them through the winter.
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Can you even imagine seeing an angel? Ha! I scare easily. My family will tell you that I plain out scream anytime someone just walks up behind me…in my own home…even when I know they are in the home with me. Yeah, that’s me. So while I’d like to think that I’d bow low in reverence and awe in reaction to an angelic visit, I’m pretty sure I’d be screaming.
I don’t know if these brave shepherd guys screamed, but we do know they were filled with fear. That reminds me that while God has indeed invited us to draw near to Him through a relationship with that babe in a manager, we’d best not assume there’s anything casual about that invitation. We serve a holy God, high and lifted up. He is the almighty God, the Creator and sustainer of all that is. Oh my. Because of Jesus’ birth and death and resurrection, we do not have to be scared of God…or His heavenly hosts. But we do need to worship Him in awe and with a holy fear.
O holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world, in sin and error pining
‘Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks, a new and glorious mornFall on your knees
O hear the angels’ voices
O night divine
O night when Christ was born
O night divine
O night divine ~ O Holy Night
And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. ~ Luke 2:9