Holiday Fashions for Seniors

Gabrielle Applebury

Senior Fashion Ideas for the Holidays

The holidays are the perfect time for seniors to have fun with fashion. Whether it's attire for a black tie party or something warm and cozy to wear near the fire, the options are endless. Jazz up your senior holiday fashion with a few of these ideas like a fun knit red sweater.

Black Tie Worthy

If you are headed to a black tie party, you will want to choose something elegant yet easy to wear. A simple black skirt or dress is always appropriate. Look for longer sleeves and add hosiery if you're worried about weather or showing too much skin. A little makeup and loose hair style will finish the look without aging you. If you're heading out with a spouse, have him wear a similar black suit to stay stylish and modern while complementing your attire.

Warm and Cozy

The holiday season is the ideal time to wear warm and cozy fashions. Wearing a matching set of a hat, gloves, and a scarf is a cute way to stay bundled up and toasty when it's really chilly out. Sets can be mixed and matched for a more eclectic style, or worn together for a more pulled together look. A stylish senior can pair a warm and cozy hat set with her favorite sweater and be ready for a day of Christmas shopping or visiting with friends.

Fun Fashions

Just because you are getting older does not mean you can't have fun with clothing, and there is no better time to have some fun with your fashions than the holiday season. Seniors can wear a quirky sweater with a fun motif based on the holiday being celebrated. Pick your festive sweater based on your favorite holiday theme and see if you can get your family members to join in on the fun. Fun sweater prints or patterns can include Santa Claus, snowflakes, The Star of David, a Menorah, and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Many holiday sweaters are priced around $20 making it an affordable option.

Add a Festive Hat

Like many seniors, you most likely have classic pieces in your winter wardrobe. You can take a simple outfit up a notch by adding a beautiful hat. Try on a few hats before purchasing one and choose one in a neutral color like white, black, gold, silver, tan, or gray. This way you'll be able to accessorize tons of outfits with it making it an incredibly versatile piece.

Add Some Warmth

The holiday season is often reason enough to be invited to a function with friends. Whether it is luncheon at a restaurant or a gathering over a friend's house, you will want to be comfortable in the setting. Since temperatures can be unpredictable and many seniors tend to get chilled, it is best to be prepared and have a piece with you that can provide you with extra warmth when you need it. Add a stylish and classic black scarf to your wardrobe to wear with nearly anything in your closet. You can easily tuck a scarf into a bag and pull it out as needed, or wear it over your outfit for a stylish yet functional touch.

Functional Fashions

Finding items that serve more than one function is always a great idea, especially if you're on a fixed income budget. A cardigan or sweater can be worn as a layer over a dress for a holiday party or as a stylish top for a lunch with friends. Finding one with sequins or embellishments elevates it from a warm functional piece to holiday-appropriate attire.

Stylish Coordinates

If you are hosting a holiday dinner in your home, aim for comfort and ease. To make it simple but still stylish, a senior can go for a monochromatic look and wear the same exact color from top to bottom or purchase pieces that are made to go together. Pick an ensemble in a flattering color and make sure it fits you perfectly. Flared sleeves, and lacey details can add a touch of elegance to a monochromatic look. Since many pant or skirt sets feature a pull-on style, seniors do not have to fuss with buttons, zippers or snaps.

A Classic Holiday Look

Whether headed to a Hanukah, Christmas, or New Year's party, a classic button down always looks crisp and is easy to dress up. Paired with pants or a skirt, a button down looks classy, elegant, and is a great unisex option. You can tuck the shirt in for a polished look or tie the ends for a more casual option.

Holiday Friendly Socks

Holiday socks are a fun way to celebrate the time of year. Warm socks help keep your feet extra toasty on chilly nights and show off your personal style. They can also be purchased as matching sets for your loved ones.

Wear a Festive Coat

With holiday parties and travel arrangements that may come your way, having a warm coat is a must. Pick a coat that works with your wardrobe and don't be afraid to go with something a bit more festive to wear during the holiday season. If you plan on wearing a sweater underneath your coat, keep in mind that you may need to size up depending on the brand.

Stylish Jeans

Wearing jeans creates a classic look and works well for a more casual holiday events. Look for ones that make getting dressed easy, such as those with an elastic waist band and mock fly. A darker wash is more appropriate for going out, while lighter washes work for causal get-togethers.

Toasty Wrap Sweater

Wrap sweaters are easy to wear, are comfortable, and are a lightweight option to bring along to a holiday event. They look great with pants or a skirt and lend a classic vibe to your outfit. A tie that can fit loosely around the waist makes it easy to adjust for comfort. Leaving the seater open is another option if you get warm.

Remember Your Style

You should consider your personal style and what type of clothing makes you feel good and comfortable wearing. If you feel great in an outfit, your confidence will shine through. The holidays can be stressful enough without worrying about fashions for the season. Enjoy the holidays and wearing stylish fashions that not only reflects the season but your personality as well.

Gabrielle Applebury
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Holiday Fashions for Seniors