The holiday season really is the most wonderful time of the year, isn’t it? Between getting together with our closest friends and family and sipping hot chocolate next to the fire, there are plenty of things to look forward to during this festive season. Of course, with so many activities and events swirling around your schedule, we’re sure you’ll have tons of ensembles to plan out. And between family reunions and holiday parties, putting together Christmas Eve outfits may become an afterthought.
Depending on how you and your loved ones spend the night before Christmas, dressing for the occasion can be tricky. For some, the evening might entail a formal sit-down dinner with everyone, extended family included. For others, it might be a movie night in your comfiest pajamas. That's why our editors are sharing what they’ll be wearing this Christmas Eve. Hopefully, each of our looks will help spark some style inspiration, or at the very least, give you an idea of what to wear for the night if you're celebrating.
"I wear jeans a lot in life, so I try to do something a little different on holidays. This sweater is one of my favorite purchases so far this season, and the cozy wool shorts would be the perfect match. I'll probably wear black tights with the knee boots if it's chilly."
"Christmas Eve is a pretty formal occasion with my family—I'm talking a cocktail hour, sit-down dinner, the works—so I like to take a dressier approach to the holiday than I do for, say, Thanksgiving. This year, I'm infatuated with organza pieces as a holiday trend since they feel fancy without playing into any holiday dressing clichés like velvet or metallic. I plan to wear a billowy organza blouse with tailored trousers and platform heels."
"My family keeps it pretty low-key on Christmas Eve. We hang out, usually go to the movies, and then come back home for dinner. So I'll probably wear an outfit that's comfortable yet still elevated (and festive)—a chunky, patterned sweater, straight-leg trousers, and polished sneakers."
"The older I get, the more I prioritize comfort as a selling point for my holiday dressing. My family has a fun tradition of hanging out together all night and then opening a few small gifts at midnight, so it's nice to keep the vibe super cozy for a long evening of fun. This year, I'm leaning toward an elevated sweatsuit—one that reads chic, not sloppy. These separates by Entire World tick all the boxes: They're cozy, stylish, and I can pick from a number of cheerful hues."
"Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of the cliché Christmas Eve metallic dresses. Instead, I'm leaning toward an amazing tweed jacket, and Maje definitely makes the best ones. I'd wear that with a simple black turtleneck, a leather skirt, and fun pearl jewelry."
"Christmas Eve is usually spent cozied up with the family while feasting and watching Christmas movies. I'll be wearing a cozy yet chic Fair Isle sweater and plush velvet pants to look festive and be comfortable at the same time."
"I like to keep it cozy for Christmas Eve, so I'll be wearing a shacket, a sheer plaid turtleneck, and relaxed leather trousers. It will be perfect for our annual tradition of a huge dinner and reading The Night Before Christmas before bed."
"Every year, my aunt hosts a huge Christmas Eve party at her house filled with drinks, Mexican food, and family and friends. It certainly has an elegant vibe as far as attire goes, but I also always want to be comfortable. This silky midi dress with glitzy heels will do just the trick."