We’ll be heading to the in-law’s in the country (and I do mean country) for Christmas, and will be going to Christmas Eve mass at the little church in town. It’s always charming and lovely, but I do hesitate a bit…as far as what to wear. Heels or dainty flats? Dressy dress or fancy pants? I love a good reason to dress it up, and Christmas is the right time to get FESTIVE AF, but I also want to be comfortable in a decidedly more laid-back environment…so, I try to hit that sweet spot — on the fancy end, but a more casual fancy (if that makes any sense at all).
What to Wear to Christmas Eve Service
I had to find that one thing that was just the right amount of *extra*…and thankfully I landed on this stunning appliquéd midi skirt from H&M. I may have let out an “eeee!” and danced a bit in my chair, as I added it to my cart and purchased that baby. Knowing that I wanted to bring it in a more casual direction, I went with a soft pullover cashmere sweater (my current favorite, btw — scored it during the Nordy sale). Even with it being a rather casual style, when paired with the fancaaay little skirt it was immediately elevated to dressy…and there’s just something so luxurious about wearing cashmere (I mean, le duh).
Now, shoes. Heels always make me feel way over-done for some reason. It doesn’t matter where or for what I’m wearing them (I think its my monstrous height), so it was almost too easy for me to go for the pretty flats. Also, the whole black-on-black thing I had going on was asking for a bit of holiday cheer, so pretty burgundy flats and crystal-drop earrings happened.
Helloooo there, Miss Fancy Pants (well, Skirt really).
top: Halogen Crewneck Cashmere Sweater – have been really impressed with the Halogen cashmere sweaters. If you prefer something less pricey, consider this 1901 Fitted Turtleneck sweater. Can be shipped in time for Christmas Eve.
skirt: H&M midi skirt (TTS, wearing 4) – this black skirt is something a little different with the pretty appliqués. I feel all fancy wearing it. If you need something fast (before Christmas Eve), Nordstrom can ship something just in the nick of time. They have this Something Navy Sequin Midi that would look amaaaazing with a pullover sweater. Can be shipped in time for Christmas Eve.
shoes: Eileen Fisher (currently sold out) – a similar style is these J.Crew Poppy Ballet Flats or you can go the blue route with these Louise et Cie Ankle Strap Flats. Can be shipped in time for Christmas Eve.
bag: Sparkly crossbody – glitter. Don’t think I need to say anything else about it.
earring: Sugarfix Icicle Drop Earring – the Baublebar line at Target is one of my favorite things they’ve carried. Affordable options and all so festive!
lip: Urban Decay Vice Backtalk Matte – the only lip color I wear. I LOVE IT. Also, just found out that I can get it for less on eBay. Winning.
Find me over on IG, for more #totallycasualmotherhood moments (@camilledipaola). ALSO — if you need more inspo for fun, festive garb this season (everything from cozy to glam), head over to our full page of holiday outfit ideas…
Photos by the wonderful Christina Hussey Photography.