a very Ralph (Lauren) Christmas Story

we’re a little over two weeks out from Christmas.  can you even believe it?  how have the holidays been so far for you?  calm or crazy?  relaxed or ridiculously busy?  have you done all your shopping?  decorated the house?  hosted a cookie exchange?  i hope amidst all of the holiday madness, you’ve managed to carve out some time for yourself.  as a distraction, i’ve got a fun one for you today:  a very Ralph Lauren Christmas Story.  

i’ve been in love with Ralph Lauren’s winter line this year. today, i’m pairing some of my favorites from that line although the classic peacoat is from J.Crew.  but put them all together, and you have the perfect winter outfit. festive without being over the top. and if you’re not in the holiday spirit quite yet, i’m hoping today’s post will get you part of the way there.   

a Christmas story 

so much of our family’s holiday traditions are tied up in classic movies.  It’s a Wonderful Life.  Santa Clause is Coming to Town.  And of course,  A Christmas Story.  


there’s nothing like throwing on one of these movies in the background while you decorate the tree or set up your Christmas village. i still have vivid memories of the first time my kiddos watched and laughed during A Christmas Story. and to this day, Jimmy Stewart’s performance in It’s a Wonderful Life still gets me. what’s a must-watch holiday movie for you and your family? let me know in the comments below.  

ribbed turtleneck sweater | similar sweater | similar sweater 2 | pants | peacoat | bootie | clutch

a very ralph lauren christmas story

it’s hard not to think red when you’re considering the holiday season. this color is easy to shy away from, particularly if you’re fond of only neutrals. but i love this color any time of year but especially come december. today, i’ve got a ribbed turtleneck sweater and striped pant from Ralph Lauren. sizes are limited, so i pulled together some comparable and similar sweaters, as well as this one. and make sure to head over to Bloomingdales today for a 25% friends and family sale, including a good selection of Ralph Lauren. Bloomies is where Ralph got his start, so they always have a nice selection to choose from. like my stripe pants.

ribbed turtleneck sweater | similar sweater | similar sweater 2 | pants | peacoat | bootie | clutch

the classic peacoat

i talk a lot on this blog about classic wardrobe staples and investment pieces. a peacoat is one of them. this one is new this year from J.Crew, who also is having a great 40% off sale. in addition to Ralph Lauren, i’ve featured a lot of J.Crew on the blog this fall and winter. i just love how both brands feature classic items with a modern twist.

and if you’re looking for more coat and jacket inspiration for the fall and winter, make sure to check out our top 5 must-have coats and jackets for the fall and winter

ribbed turtleneck sweater | similar sweater | similar sweater 2 | pants | peacoat | bootie | clutch

happy monday, ladies! it’s getting to look a lot like christmas, everywhere you go.


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  1. Amy Gebhart wrote:

    I love seeing the wonderful winter outfits you wear. As I live in Florida and it is cool ( never cold) only in the early morning hours, I must layer my clothes to make it through the day so most of what you wear is not appropriate. However keep up the good work as I wear beautiful winter clothes thru you!

    Posted 12.9.19
    • florida, texas and california. oops, arizona too, have to adapt the outfits. but, hey, it’s a small price to pay for temperate weather. georgia can get downright blustery then bounce back into the sixties or seventies. happy holidays!

      Posted 12.11.19
  2. Sharon Olsen wrote:

    Peanut Christmas special

    Posted 12.9.19
    • Deborah Boykin wrote:

      My favorite Christmas movie is Holiday Affair with Janet Leigh and Robert Mitchum. My hubby’s is It Happened on Fifth Avenue. We have watched both this season. Nice to know that you, too, are an old movie buff. I enjoy your posts!

      Posted 12.9.19
    • love Charlie Brown. good pick.

      Posted 12.11.19
  3. “Scrooge” with Albert Finney

    Posted 12.9.19
    • always love to watch any version of A Christmas Carol.

      Posted 12.11.19
  4. MARILYN wrote:

    For my husband I it is always the original A Christmas Carol with Alistair Sim after the candelight Christmas Eve Service. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    Posted 12.9.19
    • Merry Christmas, Marilyn!

      Posted 12.11.19
  5. Suzanne M Smith wrote:

    Now that’s a wonderful true red in that sweater! This year, we’ve been relatively calm and mellow. I can honestly say I’m enjoying it and relishing each moment. Coming up with recipes for Christmas week and visiting. It’s all good!

    Posted 12.9.19
    • Suzanne M Smith wrote:

      Oh, and movies? Chevy Chase in Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, (Ovaltine!), and Love, Actually.

      Posted 12.9.19
  6. I’ve always loved Ralph Lauren. Did u see Jane Pauley interview him on CBS Sunday Morning? Very interesting life story.
    White Christmas is hands down my favorite.
    It spans the generations.
    My 7 & 8 yr old granddaughters love singing “Sisters,sisters”!
    We watch it every year.
    Enjoy this Christmas season.
    You and your family are in my prayers.

    Posted 12.9.19
    • White Christmas is a classic! I can hear the song “SIsters” as I type. Merry Christmas! Thank you for your prayers.

      Posted 12.11.19
    • Carol Melancon wrote:

      I’m almost ashamed to admit that White Christmas is my favorite because of the clothes.

      Posted 12.13.19
  7. Suzi wrote:

    Nothing more fun than A Griswold Family Christmas to get us going while sipping my homemade eggnog and eating snickerdoodles. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    Posted 12.10.19
    • that’s a funny one! just shared a snickerdoodle recipe today. my brother’s favorite cookie. Merry Christmas.

      Posted 12.11.19
  8. sharon wrote:

    Love your outfits. Our family watched It’s a Wonderful Life every year. I also love Miracle on 34th Street which gives away my age. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah or Happy holidays to your family, Beth whichever applies.

    Posted 12.10.19
    • It’s a Wonderful Life is my favorite. Love that story and George Bailey. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year.

      Posted 12.11.19
  9. Marian wrote:

    Beth, I love your blog. I come from a very different perspective as I was in school until I was in my 30’s (college, med school, residency, fellowship). I love Christmas Story (I live in Cleveland, OH) but my 2 favorite Christmas movies are Home Alone and (gasp) Die Hard. Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family.

    Posted 12.10.19
    • thank you so much, marian! i have to admit i love all of your movie choices as they’re near and dear to my kiddos hearts. Merry Christmas.

      Posted 12.11.19
  10. Sue wrote:

    Love all the Ralph Laure. Heard in a store here in South Carolina, that they are filing for bankruptcy. Is it true they have closed the doors to the stores in NYC?

    Posted 12.11.19
  11. Joann wrote:

    Hi Beth
    Loved all your choices, especially the navy pant with the red stripe. You are so classy, you make everything look good. My favorite movie is “Remember The Night” with Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray (1940). Happy Holidays

    Posted 12.15.19
    • i don’t think i’ve every seen that movie. i have to go look it up! Merry Christmas.

      Posted 12.15.19

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