Comfortable and Stylish Sweaters for Casual Holiday Parties + Gifts Under $30 to Bring

Huge thanks to Nordstrom and ShopStyle Collective for sponsoring this post

If you’re attending holiday parties this year, this post is for you! I’m sharing a few outfits with sweaters for casual holiday parties that you can copy, and I’m partnering with Nordstrom and ShopStyle to do it. I’ll also share some great gifts under $30 so that you’ll not only know what to wear but also know what to bring! (And seriously, these gifts are really good.)

Nordstrom is one of my favorite places to shop at because they make feeling stylish really simple. The pieces just look and feel good, so when I wear items from Nordstrom, my outfits look elevated even though I’m not putting in extra effort. Seriously, starting with the right pieces makes looking stylish so much easier. On top of clothes looking good, I love shopping at Nordstrom because of their customer service! Nordstrom offers free shipping and free return shipping on all orders, so you can try items and find your best fit with peace of mind. Also, if you sign up for free to be part of the Nordy Club, you get additional perks like earning points towards Nordstrom Notes, receiving Nordstrom Notes for alterations, and more. Check out all that the Nordy Club has to offer, HERE.

SIZING: I’m 5’6″ and usually S/M or 6 in clothes and 8.5 to 9 in shoes.

 

Elevated Casual Outfit to Wear to Holiday Parties: white sweater + cognac corduroy pants + taupe suede booties + gold pendant necklace + grey crossbody purse Elevated Casual Outfit to Wear to Holiday Parties: 1.state Nordstrom white sweater + cognac corduroy pants + taupe suede booties + gold pendant necklace + grey crossbody purse close up Elevated Casual Outfit to Wear to Holiday Parties: white sweater + cognac corduroy pants + taupe suede booties + gold pendant necklace + grey crossbody purse side view Elevated Casual Outfit to Wear to Holiday Parties: 1.state Nordstrom white sweater + cognac corduroy pants + gold pendant necklace + grey crossbody purse close up

1. Sweater with Special Details
Special details add style and dress up sweaters more compared to plain, basic sweaters.

The sweater I’m wearing above has a ribbed texture, a v-neckline, and balloon sleeves, which work together to provide visual interest so that your outfit looks more stylish without you having to do more work. This sweater comes in 7 colors, HERE. I’m wearing size S.

This sweater works really well with dark and medium wash blue jeans, which I’ve shown before. Here, I’m showing it with brown corduroys, which adds a richer texture that works nicely for the holiday season. You can find a great pair of skinny corduroys that is stretchy and pretty comfortable, HERE! It comes in tons of colors. I am between sizes for that pair, wearing both size 4 and size 6 depending on the color. If you’re unsure of sizing, you can order multiple sizes and utilize Nordstrom’s free return shipping to send back for free the size that doesn’t work. (One HUGE reason I love shopping at Nordstrom—it’s so convenient to shop online there.)

Shop the Outfit:
Sweater: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size S)
Pants: (similar, similar)
Booties: (similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (similar, similarpricey but genuine leather)
Necklace: (similar, similar)

 Elevated Casual Outfit to Wear to Holiday Parties: maroon flecked turtleneck relaxed sweater + medium wash skinny jeans Wit & Wisdom + taupe suede booties + gold short initial pendant necklace + grey crossbody bagElevated Casual Outfit to Wear to Holiday Parties: maroon speckled turtleneck chunky sweater + medium wash ankle skinny jeans Wit & Wisdom + taupe suede heeled booties + gold short pendant necklace Bracha + grey small crossbody bag

2. Textured Mock Neck or Turtleneck
Another option for a cute sweater to wear to casual holiday parties is a textured turtleneck. Similarly to the special details that we talked about above, texture adds visual interest and style.

This turtleneck is really thick and cozy, but it doesn’t weigh you down. It’s a great casual sweater that is really easy to wear thanks to its relaxed fit. Unfortunately, colors are nearly sold out now, but it’s full in stock in a cute light pink, HERE. I’m wearing size S.

Another similar option is the Cozy Roll Crewneck Sweater, which comes in lots of colors and is really affordable.

Shop the Outfit:
Sweater: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size S)
Jeans: Nordstrom (similar in same brand—I wear size 4)
Booties: (similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (similar, similarpricey but genuine leather)
Necklace: Nordstrom (exact)

 

Elevated Casual Outfit to Wear to Holiday Parties: cream brown fair isle sweater + medium wash ankle skinny jeans + cognac leather ankle boots + gold short pendant necklace Bracha + cognac tote bag Elevated Casual Outfit to Wear to Holiday Parties: cream brown fair isle sweater + medium wash ankle skinny jeans + cognac leather ankle boots + gold short pendant necklace Bracha + cognac tote bag side view Elevated Casual Outfit to Wear to Holiday Parties: cream brown beige fair isle sweater + medium wash ankle skinny jeans Wit & Wisdom + gold short initial pendant necklace Bracha + tan leather tote close up

3. Fair Isle Sweater
Last, opt for a cute Fair Isle sweater! This one is thick, soft, and cozy, but it doesn’t weigh you down and is comfortable to wear. It comes in 2 colors, which you can see HERE. I’m wearing size S.

I paired them with Wit & Wisdom jeans in a medium wash, but it would work just as well with dark wash jeans. These jeans are STRETCHY and really comfortable! Plus, they have an elastic waistband which makes them extra comfortable! I don’t know about you, but I am extra grateful for the elastic waistband around the holidays which enables me to eat all the good food and stay comfortable! 😆 Find these jeans HERE. I’m wearing size 4.

Shop the Outfit:
Sweater: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size S)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size 4)
Booties: (similar, similar, similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (similar)
Necklace: Nordstrom (exact)

Any of these will be cozy, cute, and comfortable sweaters for casual holiday parties this season! If you’re looking for more options, I rounded up several in the widget below!

 

More Sweaters for Casual Holiday Parties

 

Gifts Under $30 to Bring

Elevated Casual Outfit to Wear to Holiday Parties: cream brown fair isle sweater + medium wash ankle skinny jeans + gold short pendant necklace Bracha wrapping gifts under $30

Now, let’s talk gifts under $30 that you can bring! I told my team the other day, “I freaking love gifts from Nordstrom!” 😄 So many of the items are just MADE to gift. Like, they just look good, and it’s in so many small ways, and it totally enhances the gift-giving (and receiving) experience. They’re so much more delightful to give! On top of that, they’re great items, plain and simple!

I rounded a bunch of gifts under $30 in the widget at the bottom of this post, but here are some notable items.

Sugarfina Treats – While I will not splurge like this on candies for everyday life, I absolutely will splurge to gift Sugarfina treats! They’re yummy, and they are packaged to delight you. I feel so fancy eating Sugarfina, and it makes it all taste even sweeter. Some treats $30 and under are the Peach Candy Cube, the popular Champagne Bears, the Cookie Cravings Tasting Collection, and the ever so popular 3-Piece Bento Box. The Santa Cookie Dough Canister looks yummy, too!

Throw Blanket – My family’s favorite! Super soft and cozy. Lightweight. Washes really, really well.

The Hygge Game – I haven’t played this, but it’s quite popular and will spark great conversations while you’re together during the holidays! You could pair it with the throw blanket above.

Butter Crew Socks – Really SOFT and cozy. They make a great pair with the Hygge Game! You can also go for a pair of the Featherlight Cozy Socks instead. Find some men’s butter crew socks HERE as well.

Volupsa Candle – They smell so good! Pair one with the Hygge Game, Butter Crew Socks, or the throw blanket.

Porter Reuseable Lidded Bowl – So simple, but its sleek design makes it noteworthy. Lightweight, great for travel, and doesn’t leak.

L’Occitane Hand Cream – Smells great and works well!

W&P Wide Mouth Glass Water Bottle – Sleek, modern, and stylish design. Love it! Or, go for the Porter Reuseable Glass Bottle with a thinner neck.

 

Grateful Bracelet – So pretty, and great reminder to cultivate gratitude.

Those are a few notable items, but there are plenty more gifts under $30 in the widget below! Hopefully this helps you figure out what to wear to your holiday parties and what to bring so that you can stress less and enjoy the holidays more! 😊


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