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Winter Outfit Ideas: Inspired by Fun Winter Break Activities


Winter holiday lights
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Finals are over, your dorm room is packed, and it’s finally time to take a huge sigh of relief and get excited for, well, the most wonderful time of the year — winter break!

Whether you prefer to spend your break reading, Netflix marathon-ing, spending time with family, or even making a few extra bucks on the side, you’ll probably also want to get out and enjoy yourself. To help you celebrate, I’ve created outfits inspired by four fun winter break activities.

Activity #1: Seeing Christmas Lights

As traditional as watching A Christmas Story or procrastinating the treacherous unpacking process, you’re bound to go on an excursion to see Christmas lights at least once over the holidays.

When I was a kid, my aunts and uncles would rent one of those giant four-row vans and bring all of the cousins to see the lights. Equally as fun, last year my friend rented a party trolley and threw a sort of hometown “date party” for our high school crew, and we got to enjoy the lights that way. Whether you make a big production of it or just stroll around your neighborhood, seeing Christmas lights is a must-do.

Winter outfit for seeing xmas lights
Shirt, Shoes, Socks, Jeans, Vest, Beanie

Many of the best Christmas light displays have trails to walk or good photo opportunities. This means you’ll want to stay warm, but also look cute! A puffer vest layered over a flannel shirt with a pair of skinny jeans is a pretty solid way to go. Accessorize with a beanie and fun socks, and finish with lace-up wedge booties.

Activity #2: Reunion with Your High School Friends

I like a lot of things about the holidays, but without a doubt, my favorite part is getting to see all of my friends from high school. It’s especially fun the first few years back from college, before you really have to worry about getting internships and jobs, and keeping up with who’s gotten engaged to who.

The other great thing about reuniting with your hometown friends is the chance to explore your city in a new way — like checking out the nightlife that you were too young to enjoy just a few years earlier!

Winter outfit for a reunion with high school friends at a party
Pants, Shirt, Jacket, Scarf, Boots

Since you don’t see these friends regularly, you’ll probably want to wear some of your snazziest threads when meeting up with your high school BFFs. Some colored jeans and a sweet graphic tee will look trendy, but not over-the-top. Wear a leather jacket to protect you from harsh elements, and finish with a badass pair of ankle boots and an oversized printed scarf.

Activity #3: Helping Your Grandma in the Kitchen

Whether you take an active role in the kitchen or just hang around for the sole purpose of taste-testing, your mom/dad/grandma/aunt/whoever is doing the grunt work will be thrilled to have some company in the trenches. My mom was less than thrilled to find out that I was too…well, let’s just say “exhausted” to contribute much to our Thanksgiving feast, but I know for sure that I kept her entertained with the gossip and funny stories I gathered the night before.

Don’t worry about showing off in your tightest jeans or highest heels — the point of this activity is to relax and enjoy a little bit of family time!

Winter outfit for cooking and baking
Sweater, Tank, Jeans, Headband, Shoes, Necklace

Today’s the perfect day to wear the most comfortable pair of jeans you own — it’s up to you whether that means a stretchy pair of jeggings or a classic pair of wide-leg trousers. Keep it simple with a tank, a pull-over sweater, and a pair of ballet flats. Finish with a necklace and headband.

Activity #4: Sleepover with Your Best Girl Friends

Back in high school, after every football game…and birthday party…and, okay, every single Friday night, my five best girlfriends and I would have a sleepover at one of our houses. These were pretty classic slumber parties, complete with prank calls, junk food, and talking about the boys we had crushes on.

Now that we’re all twentysomethings, well, not much has changed! Reunite with your best girlfriends by inviting them all over for a pajama party. Watch Clueless, Facebook creep the cute guys you have classes with, and pamper yourselves with fancy big kid beauty products. What’s not to love?

Winter outfit for a slumber party
Shirt, House Boots, Shorts, Nail Polish, Face Mask, Eye Shades

Being with your girlfriends is all about being yourself and feeling comfortable, so skip the lacy nighties that you may or may not save for that special someone in your life and go for the coziest henley and most worn-in boxer shorts you own. Stay warm with cute house shoes, and bring over a few of your favorite beauty products for your girlfriends to test out.

What do you think?

What are you looking forward to doing when you get home for winter break? What are some of the things you love to do with your friends from high school? What are some traditions you have with your family? What are you planning on wearing your first big night out in your hometown? Leave a comment and tell us your thoughts!

Posted on on December 13, 2012 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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14 Responses to “Winter Outfit Ideas: Inspired by Fun Winter Break Activities”

  1. 1
    December 13th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Cute, but apsolutely way too thin for anywhere on a north hemisphere right now!

  2. 2
    December 13th, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    i agree with nika. i could’ve worn that in october/november, definitely not now. it’s winter, not fall.

  3. 3
    December 13th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    These outfits are just suggestions–starting places to help inspire you. Obviously, if you live in a colder region, nothing’s stopping you from adding a winter coat :)

  4. 4
    December 13th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    a winter coat won’t be enough for me :D i’ll have to add alot more!

  5. 5
    December 13th, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Even for a sleepover or cooking inside? Geez, these are just outfit ideas…no need to take them that literally

  6. 6
    December 14th, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Loved the first 2 outfits, but here in Florida is still way too hot to wear a fake leather jacket, a puffer vest or any long sleeve even if its thin. Wow! The difference in climate lol I am dying for the weather to at least drop to 60 degrees, bc we’re in the 80s and high 70s.

  7. 7
    December 14th, 2012 at 6:38 am

    I love the Christmas lights look – especially those socks!

  8. 8
    December 14th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I’m in Florida and these outfits would be perfect for how the weather has been (its been gross) the past couple of days! I am in LOVE with the first outfit!!

  9. 9
    December 14th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Very Creative and so so Beautiful all the Outfits, I love IT! <3

  10. 10
    December 14th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Love these, especially the Christmas lights one! I live in Pennsylvania but it’s been unusually warm lately, so these would work just fine for me!

  11. 11
    December 14th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    The sleepover boots are the cutest!

  12. 12
    December 16th, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I love it!!!!!

  13. 13
    December 16th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    From another Oklahoma Girl.. I love the suggestions. Especially #2.

  14. 14
    December 23rd, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I love the first and second outfits!

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