Ah, December. The season for warm drinks, cashmere sweaters and cozy nights by the fire—unless you live anywhere where 50º calls for a scarf. Growing up surrounded by palm trees and year-round beach weather, winter was more of a concept than an actual season for me. During the holiday season, I'd switch out cashmere for cotton and wool for linen—anything "knit" would reduce me to a puddle.
This posed quite the conundrum for my festive spirit, but ever the Capricorn, I found a way to make it work. To bring a little festivity to warmer climates, it's all about finding ways to make warm-weather pieces feel especially fancy. The right color palette, breathable fabrics, airy silhouettes, and a little (or a lot) of sparkle goes a long way. Add a red lip and you'll be spreading holiday cheer wherever you are!
Read on for sunny weather–ready festive outfits, and shop the pieces after for a white-hot holiday.
A short-sleeve sweater and lightweight pants in winter white look seasonal but won't have you sweating. Gold slides add that touch of magic needed for any holiday gathering.
Dramatic trousers and a touch of red make for a breezy evening look.
Textures are everything when balancing holiday and heat, and this gold-quilted jacket upgrades comfortable denim shorts.
This minidress does all the hard work for you: Red and white capture the holiday spirit, and are cool enough for the climate.
When in doubt, go with sparkles. This glittery bomber jacket is ready for any celebration, while the leather miniskirt accounts for the balmy weather.
A jumpsuit adds the elegance of wintertime. Layered over a thin lace blouse, this outfit is perfect for a sunny holiday season.
'Tis the season to sparkle, and this blue maxi's slits hit all the right notes for our sunshine-filled holiday season.
Head-to-toe black is the classic winter uniform, but a silk tank and high-rise shorts make it work for record-breaking wintertime highs.
This merry outfit takes the color of the season and pairs a crop top with a two-piece suit—perfect for anyone near the equator.
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This satin top keeps things breezy, while the ruffle detail adds a festive flair.
Available in sizes XXS to L.
Add a dash elegant sparkle with these metallic gold cropped pants.
Available in sizes 23 to 31.
The velvet maintains the winter vibes, while the miniskirt cut shows off some leg.
Available in sizes 4 to 14.
A fun pointed-toe pair is airy enough for a warm climate and jolly enough for the holiday season.
Available in size 39.
Any holiday party outfit would be complete with this deep jewel-tone slip skirt.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Using velvet in a minidress is an easy way to add wintertime whimsy into tropical temperatures.
Available in sizes 2 to 10.
A little black dress can never let you down, and this sleeveless version can be dressed up or down for any holiday event.
Available in sizes L to 4X.
This block heel may be better suited for sand not snow, but never doubt the power of sparkle in the holiday season.
Available in sizes 6.5 to 10.5.