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Home For The Holidays: The Capsule Wardrobe You Need To Pack This Season

Travel light this year, with these 13 items that will make running last-minute errands look comfy cute and your inevitable appearance at your hometown bar look effortlessly chic.

Traveling home for the holidays can be fun and nostalgic, but let’s be honest: it can be pretty stressful, too. From stuffing all your winter essentials into a small carry-on bag to sharing a bathroom with your siblings again, tensions can get high. That’s why we’re eliminating the stresses of over-packing your bags and under-performing in the style department with this holiday capsule wardrobe. These 13 items will get you through traveling, running errands for mom, hitting up the town, and spending quality time with family—all while looking like a snow angel.


Travel attire can be tricky, because though you want to look stylish while navigating the airport terminals, you also want to be comfortable enough to curl up in your seat at 30,000 feet. Or if you’re one of the lucky ones who lives within driving distance of Mom and Dad’s house then you too know the importance of feeling cozy in the driver’s seat.

These high-waisted jeans from Zara are comfortable and elegant, perfect for that stylish travel-day look. The simple black turtleneck from Free People has a lightweight and comfortable fit, perfect for layering underneath sweaters, jackets, and coats. We threw a classic denim jacket from American Eagle over top for a casual look that’s also on trend, and finished off the outfit with a stylish pair of Adidas sneaks.

Arriving at your gate fashionably late has never been so comfy and chic.

Top: $40, Free People
Jeans: $50, Zara
Jacket: $60, American Eagle
Sneakers: $150, Nordstrom


Preparing for the holidays is a stressful time for moms, we get it—but why must she always forget essential items at the grocery store? Nevertheless, it seems we are always able to save the day by running her last-minute errands and this year, it’s all about looking stylish without having to break out the high-heeled booties. (Well, for now.)

This look features the denim jacket and sneakers from our travel day, but for maximum comfort we added in a pair of Zella leggings to keep us cozy and sane from having to taste test the entire Christmas menu. And to up the style points on this oh so comfy get up, this crewneck from Brunette The Label is too cute to leave at home. The designer collection includes a wide variety of hair color combinations and sweatshirt styles, so if you’re a blonde who prefers a black-and-white look, it’s got you covered.

Crewneck: $84, Brunette The Label
Leggings: $54, Zella
Jacket: $60, American Eagle
Sneakers: $150, Nordstrom


Perhaps you’ve hung up the footie pajamas of your childhood but just because we’re “adults” now doesn’t mean we can’t have fun and fancy pajamas to rock on Christmas Eve. This silky smooth Asceno pajama set is the perfect fashion girl approved sleepwear. The jet black striped print atop the ivory silk will give you the glam moment of your dreams—literally. And naturally, you’ll need a pair of Target black fuzzy socks to keep you warm and free of wrapping paper trails, at least through breakfast.

Pajamas: $410, Nordstrom
Socks: $3, Target


Christmas Dinner is a glorious occasion filled with cocktails, sparkles, and grandpa inevitably falling asleep at the table. However despite the spectacle that is family gatherings, it’s an occasion to dress to impress and that is something we’ll never shy away from.

We paired that handy layering top from Free People with a leather + tweed duo mini skirt from Zara that is literally everything we want for Christmas. The statement necklace from Bauble Bar adds some holiday sparkle to the look, while the Marc Fisher velvet embroidered boots add an elegantly classic finish. And finally, we must not forget this olive green suede biker jacket from Zara. Any girl can wear a red dress on Christmas, but you’ll be the girl wearing the green suede gift from above, proving your fashionable edginess and devotion to taking risks right from the comfort of your own dinner table.

Top: $40, Free People
Skirt: $50, Zara
Jacket: $40, Zara
Necklace: $68, Bauble Bar
Tights: $20, Express
Boots: $225, Nordstrom


Prepare to make a seriously stylish statement as you hit up your hometown nightlife—whether it’s a hole in the wall bar or a classic club that never gets old, give your old crew something to talk about with this trendy look.

Using the denim from travel day paired with the silky PJ top, your outfit will be ultra glam in an “I woke up like this” kind of way. To add some bling to the comfy chic look, the necklace from Christmas can go a long way while peeking out beneath that dream-worthy suede biker jacket again. Finish the look off with the velvet booties for an understated look that is both stylish and elegant.

Pajama Top: $210, Nordstrom
Jeans: $50, Zara
Jacket: $40, Zara
Necklace: $68, Bauble Bar
Boots: $225, Nordstrom

Alexis Puebla

Alexis is a fashion-obsessed editor and former University of Iowa cheerleader. When she's not writing about fashion's latest trends she enjoys writing for her lifestyle blog, eating Thai takeout, and watching The Office reruns. She also finds great joy in dressing up her shih tzu puppy named Nola and taking Instagram-worthy photos of her.

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