Comfortable Holiday Travel Style That Isn't Sweatpants
When Nick and I were searching for a house last summer, we had a pretty wide area that we were looking in. When you're working with a budget, sometimes you have to compromise. One of the things we thought we'd compromise on was location. So we searched high and low for the perfect house. In the end, the perfect house ended up being within twenty minutes of the majority of our family.
The best part about living so close to our families is that we get to spend the holidays with them. The downside is that we do a lot of driving during the holidays (sensing a theme in this week's posts???).
When you spend a lot of time in the car, you are definitely not going to want to be all dolled up in a dress and heels. Unless you find that comfortable, then you need to tell me your secrets.
So while you're probably not going to wear your prettiest lace dress in the car, you definitely can't show up wearing sweatpants. Unless you can, then can I join you?
What's the happy medium between sweatpants and fancy dresses? I've got three outfit ideas that are comfortable AND okay for most holiday dinner tables.
A printed cardigan with a simple cotton tee and nice denim
Admittedly this is a more casual look, probably just a step or two above wearing sweatpants. But most families are keeping it casual these days so it can work. The thing I love about a cardigan is that plain or patterned, it will add a little visual interest to an otherwise plain outfit.
This outfit was SO comfy on our recent travels up to see my grandma this past weekend. It's super cozy and the high-low hem of my tee is the perfect playful detail peeping out in the back. If I want to step it up a bit, next time I'll add on a necklace or some statement earrings.
A swing dress, leggings, and your favorite boots
A holiday staple for me is the good ol' swing dress. This is the season for something cute and something loose and a swing dress is just the thing. Right now Old Navy has a bunch of super cute ones in a bunch of different colors.
I'm also going to share with you one of my best fall/winter outfit "hacks" (I hate that word but if there ever was a "hack" this would be it). If you're going to wear boots with a dress, rather than deal with tights that bunch, sag, or are somehow uncomfortable, opt instead for a pair of leggings. Leggings are comfortable, usually stay put, and are often more opaque than your regular tights.
A blouse with a little extra flare and dark denim with all that flare
Sometimes a really great blouse is all you need to make your outfit. And you're in luck because there are a ton of pretty blouses out there. I'm in love with all the crazy ruffles and eyelet and stripes (but of course).
Now I know it's kind of cheating to have two outfits featuring denim but jeans are just so darn comfortable. There are so many choices for denim but a dark solid denim or black denim looks more dressy than your everyday denim. I swear I'm going to put together a whole denim guide because there are so many good choices right now! I love styling my dark flare denim with a dressy blouse. You could also swap it out for some comfortable trousers or wide leg pants, if you're a bit more daring.