Holiday Outfit Color Combos That Are Just Festive Enough—And How To Shop Them
Red and green is only the beginning, baby.
I feel like on some level, everyone has trouble finding the perfect festive outfit for the holidays. And while I would prefer that it was sartorially acceptable for me, a 27-year-old adult woman, to show up to a soiree in my Christmas teddy bear sweatshirt that my grandma once handed down to me (Yes, this is a real sweatshirt, and yes, I wear it all the time.), it’s just not going to happen. Putting together a festive holiday outfit isn’t as daunting as a task as it might seem, though. In fact, there are actually myriad holiday outfit color combos that will do the trick—you just have to add a little bit of festive flavor. Whether you’re headed to a holiday office party or just want to envelop yourself in the vibe of the holidays, there’s a holiday color combination calling your name (with some jingle bells in the background, probably).
Of course, you can just go ahead and don red and green (and you’ll see a very street style-approved way of doing that below), but there are also so many other color combinations that will give your outfit a festive spirit. You do not have to go all the way with your holiday ensembles if you don’t want to. A little touch of festivity here and there can be the perfect way to keep your own personal style while adhering to the magical feelings of the holidays.
Below, you’ll find 10 different holiday outfit color combinations (Yes, including red and green)—and ways to shop all of them. These chic street style outfits from fashion-forward influencers are all very different, sure, but they do have one thing in common: Each of the ensembles is perfect for the holidays. Some are more obviously holiday-inspired, while others you could wear pretty much any time of year. However you choose to rock these color combos, though, you’re sure to have just the right amount of holiday spirit.
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The Classic Red & GreenSource: Instagram
While there are plenty of ways to dress for the holidays that don’t necessarily including pairing red and green together, it’s still a classic—and deserves a place in this round-up. Rather than pairing red pants with a green top, though, try something fun, like a red and green plaid.
Pink & RedSource: Instagram
Fun and flirty, the combination of pink and red is a cheekier take on holiday vibes. These two hues are perfect for color-blocking, so go ahead and mix and match as you please.
This pink and red contrasting mini dress might be the perfect holiday look. You can add a bit of silver jewelry for some extra glam, too.
Cream & CaramelSource: Instagram
Cream and caramel for the holidays? You better believe it. A neutral color palette can be totally festive—just bring in some creamy hues (Use the color of eggnog for reference!) to offset the brown pieces in your look, and you’re set.
This creamy sweater set is perfect for just about any season, and works well with all your favorite outerwear. Once the temperatures start to warm up, too, you can easily use this as a transition piece.
Top off your look with this gorgeous wool topcoat. Honestly, you can never have too much outerwear—and this neutral piece is sure to get plenty of use this winter.
Red & CharcoalSource: Instagram
For folks who love wearing red around the holidays but want to stick to a secondary color that’s a bit more neutral, opt for red and charcoal this season. The two hues pair perfectly, and there are endless ways to style them.
Classic charcoal tweed blazer? Check, check and check. This is a staple you can wear long after the holidays.
These plaid flare pants are just *so* fun. Worn with the charcoal blazer above or simply a black turtleneck, you can’t lose.
White & SilverSource: Instagram
Going for a glam look this season? Winter white and sparkly silver make an excellent combo. You’ll look like a gorgeous, snowy day come to life.
A cropped white cardigan is a staple you likely already have in your closet, but if you haven’t yet hopped on the trend, snag this pick from H&M before it sells out.
This sequin maxi skirt is definitely a holiday must-have. And if you’re always looking for the perfect NYE ensemble, too, consider this a wonderful option.
Green & BlackSource: Instagram
Pairing green and black together is the perfect option for late night holiday soirees or parties that are a bit more elegant. You’ll still look festive, just a bit more understated.Buy: Green Maxi Dress $49.95
For formal events, sleek maxi dresses are a great choice. This green maxi dress is simple enough to wear over and over again—ensuring you’ll get plenty of use from your purchase (while looking glam, of course).
Add this black mixed media blouse under the green maxi to great the holiday look to end all holiday looks.
Red, Brown & A Hint Of PinkSource: Instagram
Take your favorite red pieces and add a little brown (We love a faux fur coat for this!), then finish the look off with just a hint of pink. The bold red will stay the focal point of your ensemble, but the brown and pink will tone it down just a bit.
Red! Hot! This red midi dress is sure to serve you well through the holidays and far beyond. Because the little black dress is good, but the little red dress is better.
This faux fur coat looks ridiculously cozy—and can add a bit of an elevated (Read: bougie.) vibe to your holiday ensembles.
Pink & GreenSource: Instagram
Pink and green was one of my favorite color combinations as a tween, and it actually works really well for the holidays. If you still feel too summery, you can always add in a deeper green or red accessory to offset the lighter hues.
This tie-dye tunic sweatshirt can be worn with athleisure looks, sure—but it’s even better when paired with a green satin skirt for the holidays.
This green satin midi skirt can be paired with pink, red, black—any holiday color your heart desires. Then, when the temperatures warm up, wear it with your favorite graphic tee!
Green & SilverSource: Instagram
If you’re into the green and black combination, but want something that’s a little more glam, opt for green and silver this holiday season. Dark, velvet green goes so well with bright, sparkly silver, so this is really a color combo with which you can’t go wrong.
Velvet is the fabric of the season, and this green velvet midi dress is as luxe as they come. Show up to any holiday party wearing this beaut, and you’re sure to turn heads.
Talk about a glamour moment. If wearing head-to-toe velvet doesn’t catch everyone’s attention this season, this silver rhinestone clutch certainly will.
Red, White & BlackSource: Instagram
Forget red, white and blue—for the holidays, you can’t beat a classic red, white and black ensemble. The entire vibe is relatively neutral until you add that pop of red. It’s festive in all the right ways.Buy: Tulle Skirt $23.99
There’s nothing quite as cheery and bright as a red tulle skirt, folks. Pair this with a classic white button down or a red turtleneck for a holiday look that’s sure to stand out.Buy: Belt with Single Buckle $19
Finish off the look and get the full color combo with this classic black belt. You’ll use it far past the holidays, too, and this accessory is always great to have on-hand when your ensemble needs a finishing touch.
A version of this article was originally published on December 6, 2017.