A Casual Christmas

by Jessica Sturdy on December 18, 2013

You guys. It is so friggen cold and windy (and snowy) in New York lately. I believe blustery would be the correct term. I know it’s December and all, but yikes! It makes me want to just curl up inside under blankets with some hot cocoa. #HermitAlert

Luckily for me, I’m escaping the city on Saturday to go home for the holidays. Unluckily for me, my parents live in Illinois where it’s even colder than it is here. Can’t they just move somewhere warm already?! On the bright side, central Illinois isn’t a very ‘happenin’ place so I will be clocking lots of hours near the fireplace. I’ll also be able to drive to wherever I need to go, which is a major plus. Too bad my garage spot was given away to my younger siblings years ago. Maybe I can devise a plan to get that back and I’ll really never have to go outside. I’m in serious hibernation mode, if you couldn’t already tell.

I am so looking forward to going home for the holidays, though! Even if home is in Illinois. 😉 Besides a short 48 hour trip for Mother’s Day, I haven’t been home since last Christmas. Crazy, right? I’m excited to spend time with Daisy, my family, and friends from back home.

My family’s holiday get-togethers are always overly casual. Like, Carhartts and Camo casual. #YouThinkImKiddingButImNot Per usual, any ‘fancy’ things I’m wearing will be joked about, these glitter pumps included. I can hear my uncles now… “Dorothy, is that you?” 

In an effort to stay casual, but still cute and festive, I’m going with jeans this year. On the top, I’ll be pairing a plaid shirt (fits right in with carhartts & camo, don’t you think?) with a fair isle sweater and a thick puffy vest. You know me, I always like to have a jacket, blazer, or some sort of vest to complete my outfit. I feel like a puffer vest is a great middle ground for looking put together, but not too ‘formal,’ as compared to my beloved blazers. And Wizard of Oz or not, the glittery pumps will be making an appearance. ‘Tis the season, after all!

Old Navy Sweater | Old Navy Plaid Shirt | Old Navy Vest | Paige Jeans | Madewell Glitter Pumps (similar) | J.Crew Chevron Gloves | Michael Kors Bag | Karen Walker Sunglasses

Photos by Lydia Hudgens


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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Jackie {York Avenue} December 18, 2013 at 7:21 am

Good idea to layer the puffer over a sweater! I’ve never done that but it does add a great layer of warmth, and it’s cute. Happy holidays!


Holly December 18, 2013 at 8:15 am

I’m wearing the same sweater as we speak – love it!


Kimberly December 18, 2013 at 8:27 am

Such a fun mix of prints & layering – love this!!



Tracy M December 18, 2013 at 9:01 am

I love the glam touch with the sequined shoes!
Tracy Its Mostly About Fashion


Kristy December 18, 2013 at 9:03 am

So incredibly adorable! You are the Lauering Queen and, I admit, that I stole some of your ideas for my trip to Austria and Switzerland.


Kristy December 18, 2013 at 9:04 am

Layering Queen


Rachelle December 18, 2013 at 9:11 am

Love these pumps, you look great.



Heidi December 18, 2013 at 9:26 am

You and I have very similar family members! Any time I wear anything fancy in the least there are comments made :) I want to wear a large statement necklace this year, but I’m afraid that might attract the attention of too many little ones. Not that they aren’t cute, but it’s not cute when they’re tugging at my necklace! Mmm, the puffy vest is sounding like a very good idea.



Choo Choo December 18, 2013 at 9:34 am

So cute! Love the casual look, and the sparkly shoes are adorable and festive!

Choo Choo


Naghmeh December 18, 2013 at 9:41 am

I love the little touch of glitter to your casual Christmas look even if you will be teased! don’t worry my family teases me about things like that too haha.


Lauren December 18, 2013 at 10:30 am

I really love that sweater! And your glitter pumps are perfect with this look!


Samantha December 18, 2013 at 10:42 am

What a cute sweater! It looks great with that vest. Layering is a must in Chicago + NYC. Stay warm!


Katie December 18, 2013 at 11:27 am

So cute! I can’t believe that sweater is Old Navy! I’m with you on the overly casual family get togethers. I have no girls around and last year my uncle joked me All. Day. Long. about my fur vest. Ugh. Boys.



Meagan December 18, 2013 at 11:53 am

Love the puffer vest! I have one from Old Navy too and I am wearing it non stop this winter season!


Emily S December 18, 2013 at 11:57 am

this outfit is so happy and cheerful – despite the cold weather!


Katie Albury December 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Love it! So cute and comfy and loving the sparkles!

Katie x


Ellen December 18, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Can’t wait for you to be HOME!


Sarah December 18, 2013 at 12:23 pm


This outfit is perfection!


Rebecca {at} Preppy Panache December 18, 2013 at 12:28 pm

You need to be wearing socks or tights in those heels! No wonder you’re so cold.

Rebecca {at} Preppy Panache


Chelsea December 18, 2013 at 12:54 pm

You always do layers so well Jessica! I love the faire isle.

Chelsea & The City


OhBuoyBoston December 18, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Every element of this outfit is spot on. You layer so well!!

-Lindsey & Amanda
Oh Buoy Boston


kendall December 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm

love the casual layers! a must in the winter! x

dipped in yellow


Ally December 18, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Love that holiday sweater! Perfect for this wintery weather!



Amanda December 18, 2013 at 3:53 pm

A puffer vest it my go to when I need to keep warm! Although there are many adorable coats out there, they tend to kill your fashion buzz just a little since it can be somewhat constricting to be in a floor length , down coat come December. It the perfect casual addition to a cozy sweater.



Kristin Waldman December 18, 2013 at 4:56 pm

This sweater is adorable and looks great with the plaid shirt and vest!
My holidays are also pretty casual and I think this outfit would be perfect! http://www.chicthyme.com


Kristin @ Crumbs and Curls December 18, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Love your look! Glittery pumps are always a must! Also I’m really feeling you on the hibernation thing, the northeast is just so darn cold right now!



Plum Pretty Sugar December 18, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Such a fun and cute outfit!




Zoe December 18, 2013 at 9:03 pm

I loooove your layering! Love your outfit.

xoxo Zoe


Alison J. December 18, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Love the fair isle sweater!


Kaitlin December 19, 2013 at 12:50 am

I live in Chicago, and I’ve been in solid hibernation mode for weeks. I’m sorry to tell you it’s definitely not better here. But at least you can be cozy and casual! I love this look and might have to look into getting one of these vests…



Diane December 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Too funny! I live in Central Illinois so I know all about it! I used to live on the east coast for years though. Love your blog ! And yes it’s cold and lots of snow! Be ready.


Katherine December 19, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Love this outfit! I’ve been watching for this sweater to go on sale at my local Old Navy! And I think Casual for Christmas is perfect. All the parties for work and with friends require sequins and tulle and sparkle. If you can’t go au natural in pyjamas and a messy bun with your family, then you can’t with anyone.

Merry Christmas!


Mel December 19, 2013 at 10:04 pm

What a cute outfit. I LOVE that sweater. Adorable and gorgeous all in one!

xo Mel
turquoise blonde


AJ December 21, 2013 at 11:55 am

LOL, your Dorothy comment is hilarious! But that kinda sounds like my family, I get so many comments when I wear something besides jeans and a tshirt! I think this is a great casual look for the holidays! Festive and comfy without being overboard. Safe travels today!



Ashley December 23, 2013 at 12:06 am

I can barely make myself leave the house, it’s soo cold! But I totally would it if I looked that cute haha.


Ginny January 2, 2014 at 11:41 am

This outfit is the inspiration for my post today, you look great here! I love your style :)


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