Outfits for Outdoor Holiday Activities

For the next post in our Holiday Style Series we’re talking what to wear for outdoor activities!  This year Addie has become obsessed with looking at Christmas lights.  And you know what?  The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!  It’s been so fun taking her to different areas that are known for Christmas lights and hearing her shout “LIGHTS!!!” ? If you’re headed outside the next few weeks to look at Christmas lights, go ice skating, go caroling, or whatever else, here are some ideas for what to wear.

These are all pretty relaxed and kid-friendly if you swap any of my heeled boots for flat boots.  Also, I didn’t deck out each outfit with scarves, gloves, and a hat, or my longer down coat, though I totally would if I lived in a colder climate. Also note that under all these, I’d layer a camisole and HEATTECH to stay warmer.  (See THIS post for more info on that.)

Blue Utility Jacket + Plaid Shirt + Scarf + Boots + TotePlaid Shirt + Blue Utility Jacket + Riding Boots + Skinnies + ScarfTote + Scarf + Plaid Shirt + Boots + Utility Jacket Plaid Shirt + Blue Utility Jacket + Scarf + Skinnies + Boots + Tote

Plaid Flannel + Cardigan + Scarf + Boots
I love my plaid flannel top during this time of year.  It’s thicker and much warmer than the thinner plaid tops I wear the rest of the year.  This is one of my go-to outfits for…well, for LIFE…and of course for the holidays.  When it’s colder, I wear a cardigan under my jacket.  I wore this outfit to see Christmas lights with my family last week!

Shop for the Look:
Top: J.Crew Factory (similar, similar)
Coat: ASOS (this year’s version in other colors–I wear M, similarsimilar)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size 4)
Boots: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size 9.5; similar–cheaper)
Scarf: c/o Conversation Pieces (similar, similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Watch: c/o JORD (exact)


Grey Sweater + Black Jeans + Cognac Boots + ToteBlack Skinnies + Grey Sweater + Cognac Boots + Tote Cognac Boots + Black Skinnies + Grey Sweater + Tote + Jord Watch

Oversized Sweater + Black Jeans + Boots + (Coat + Scarf)
I wear this one a lot in the winter as well, always with more layers hidden underneath the sweater.  I’ve worn the sweater +  black jeans with my Nike Tanjun sneakers for an athleisure look, but it also works with boots for when I want to be warmer.  I wore this one last week when we went to see lights (yes, again–told you we’re obsessed), but with my white windowpane blanket scarf and the navy coat from the previous outfit.

Shop for the Look:
Sweater: H&M (similar, similar)

Jeans: Nordstrom (exact-wearing size 6)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Boots: Lucky Brand (exact, similar)
Watch: c/o JORD (exact)


Grey Cardigan + White Tunic + Plaid Scarf + Riding Boots Leggings + Grey Cardigan + Plaid Scarf + White BlousePlaid Scarf + Leggings + White Blouse + Grey Cardigan + Flat Boots

Tunic + Cardigan + Blanket Scarf + Leggings + Boots + (Coat)
I’m actually colder in leggings than I am in jeans, so to compensate for warmth (and coverage), I like wearing leggings with a long tunic and oversized cardigan.  Top it off with a blanket scarf, and it’s plenty warm.

A lot of people say blanket scarves are too warm for them.  Um, yes!  That’s why I wear them!  🙂  Since it’s warmer where I live, I often don’t even need a coat if I have on a blanket scarf.  ??  However, if you like how they look but don’t like how bulky they are, many people cut them in half which allows you to wrap it the same way I did above but with only half the material.  Usually their scarves are squares and they cut diagonally so they end up with two triangles.

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size M)

Cardigan: Nordstrom (similar, similar, similar
Leggings: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size M) 
Boots: Fergalicious (similar)
Scarf: c/o ModCloth (identical, also identical)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exact)


Red Coat + Skinny Jeans + Riding BootsWhite Sweater + Red Coat + Skinnies + Riding BootsRed Coat + White Sweater + Boots + Skinnies

Sweater with Details + Jeans + Boots + Colorful Coat + (Scarf)
This outfit is from a few years ago, and I still love it just as much!  Almost all of my coats are neutrals, but it is really fun to have a colorful one in your arsenal.  When it’s really cold, you just stay bundled up anyway, so having a cute coat is key!

Shop for the Look:
Sweater: ModCloth (similar)

Coat: c/o ModCloth (exact–wearing M)
Jeans: Nordstrom (similar–I wear size 4)
Boots: Fergalicious (similar)


Fair Isle Sweater + White Vest + Beanie + Skinnies + Boots + Tote White vest + Fair Isle Sweater + Beanie + Skinnies + Boot + Tote Skinnies + White Vest + Fair Isle Sweater + Tote + BootsBeanie + White Vest + Fair Isle Sweater + Skinnies + Boots + Cognac Tote White Vest + Beanie + Skinnies + Fair Isle Sweater + Boots + Cognac ToteWhite Pom Beanie + White Vest + Fair Isle Sweater + Skinnies + Boots + Tote

Fair Isle or Printed Sweater + Vest + Beanie
I showed this outfit last week for the post on what to wear for casual holiday parties with friends, but I originally had it in mind for outdoor activities.  It’s harder to wear a coat with a puffier vest like this, though a lot more doable with a quilted vest.  I’d wear this during a daytime activity when it’s not as cold and when I wouldn’t need a coat.

Shop for the Look:
Sweater: ModCloth (exact–wearing size M, similar, similar)
Vest: Old Navy (almost exact–this year’s version, I wear S)
Jeans: Old Navy Maternity (exact–wearing size 4)
Boots: Fergalicious via Famous Footwear (similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Beanie: J.Crew Factory (exact)

In the coming weeks our family will see a few more neighborhoods with Christmas lights as well as go to the San Diego zoo for their light displays and concerts.  I’ve still got several places to wear these outfits too–as long as they fit over my growing baby bump!  (I’m almost 22 weeks pregnant already!)

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