Christmas is T minus 16. This means 2022 rolls into town in 22 days. The countdown is on! I’m definitely turning into my mother as I’m astonished at how quickly this year has flown by. It’s truly mind-boggling. But I thought we would have a little fun today and walk down memory lane. Blog memory lane, to be exact, as I’m sharing holiday outfits starting in 2014 when I had my Tumblr account before I started the blog. Does anyone remember Tumblr? Now Tik Tok is all the rage, but ten years ago, it was a different social channel that had everyone’s attention. Tumblr is still in business but its popularity has long since faded.
Facebook, make that Meta is still around. Instagram has gone from photos to short videos in head to head battle with Tik Tok. YouTube has incorporated #shorts into their channel. And it seems Pinterest loves short videos too. Let me tell you blogging is an ever-changing landscape. Some blogs don’t make the leap over to social media channels. And some social media influencers don’t have blogs. Me? I love the written word, so a blog is important to me, and I love photos. I’ve always been a magazine junkie, so I never tire of that format that blogs can more or less replicate. YouTube has been a good challenge for me. It’s not easy to step in front of a camera and start chattering. It’s challenging to articulate what I put down in words while the camera rolls but I have to admit I enjoy YouTube more and more. The latest social media fads, Reels or Tik Tok is an easy way to share lots of content in a fun and engaging way. Maybe that’s why 2021 flew by so quickly? I’ve had lots to learn!
The Christmas outfits started in 2014. At the time, Mr. Style and I lived in San Francisco. This photo was snapped somewhere in Cole Valley. I’m wearing a ruana made out of cashmere with a fur scarf thrown on top. A sweater, blue jeans, and boots are tucked underneath.
This photo was taken in 2015 at the University of San Francisco. The university was one of our favorite backdrops for photos. It was within walking distance of our apartment, and I would pack a tote with two or three outfits for quick changes then call it a day. The outfit is a style formula I use time and again. Marry one masculine item with one feminine thing. It’s the yin and yang of fashion. A black velvet skirt paired with a flannel shirt, black camisole, and pearls. This year I tweaked this exact look with a plaid flannel shirt, black camisole, and wool tuxedo pants. Some things never really change.
Christmas 2016 found Mr. Style and me living in Athens, GA. Another style formula I love to put together is a sweater and “fancy” pants, whether they’re silk, charmeuse, velvet, or jacquard . Add heels, a faux fur vest, and I’m ready to par-ty!
When Christmas 2017 arrived, I was feeling Ralph Laurenish. He will always be one of my favorite designers. Black pants, black military jacket, bow blouse, and pumps. I would wear this outfit today in a heartbeat.
Christmas of 2018 was my last with Mr. Style. Looks like we were headed out for date night as I glammed up a pair of trendy tuxedo blue jeans with a pair of suede pumps, turtleneck, and blazer.
It’s hard to believe this photo was snapped two years ago! It seems like yesterday. Again, I’m feeling the Ralph Lauren vibe with a red sweater and navy tuxedo pants. Anyone notice a trend? Yep, I love to wear sweaters all winter long, and I have a thing for a tuxedo stripe.
Christmas 2020, I decided to go all out with glitter and glam. This sequin duster is versatile as it can be dressed up or down. I dressed it up with a ruffle-neck blouse, wide-leg pants, and red shoes. Add a red lip, and I’m ready to play hostess with the mostess.
Fast forward to Christmas 2021. These outfits were recently featured on an Instagram Reel. Red velvet blazer, plaid blouse, red velvet pants, and pink pumps (old, similar here and here). I think I’m in heaven with this color combo certain to brighten your day.
It wouldn’t be Christmas if I didn’t wear red plaid pants. This year I paired them with a black cashmere turtleneck, black blazer (back-ordered similar here and here), and black suede pumps (old, similar here and here). I like to tone it down with neutrals whenever I wear a bold pattern.
Let me know which outfit is your favorite?
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My favorites are 2017 and 2018 – very put together, but still relaxed looking.
I much preferred your earlier blog posts – the outfits were much more attainable for those of us on limited budgets, and before your posts started feeling mostly like advertisements. I know these do create income for you and I respect that.
Merry Christmas to you.
Merry Christmas to you.
I appreciate the feedback. I will point out that I’ve worn J.Crew, Talbots, Ann Taylor, Ralph Lauren, Vince, Lafayette 148, the occasional Eileen Fisher, Target, and Walmart since the inception of the blog. And the outfit from 2017 is quite expensive since it’s from Ralph Lauren. But we try our best to represent a multitude of price points as I truly believe style has no expiration or price tag.
They are all great looks and you can still wear them!
That’s the beauty of timeless classics! They are on style repeat for years.
The red plaid pant outfit is my favorite. It seems the most Christmasy! They are all beautiful and and timeless. I appreciate how you explain the formula so we can make it our own and not just copy you. Loved this post!
I always love to put on a pair of red plaid pants this time of year! Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas Dear Beth!
You are such a classy lady and a true inspiration to me! I never miss your posts and look forward to seeing how you put outfits together. I find myself copying a lot of your outfits! Have a wonderful Holiday season!
Merry Christmas! I so appreciate you being here. And I love to hear you’ve found some inspiration for your own wardrobe.
I can’t even pick a favorite – all beautiful looks!
it truly is the most wonderful time of year!
My favorite is the Ralph Lauren one!!
and the plaid shirt with the skirt
thanks for sharing your favorites!
I love all your outfits and anything you wear is simply beautiful on you. I wish I had the budget but mostly I would love to have your figure! But I do my best to dress with classic clothes with a touch of fun accessories. I am 79 years old and am told I do not look my age at all. I keep my classic clothes and sometimes you come up with things I’ve had for years! So I wear them again! You inspire me very much and I thank you for it. I wish you all the Best for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with your family.
Francine was my mother’s name! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.
I am right there with you on the “fancy pants.” A solid sweater out of my everyday favorites, usually black or navy extra fine merino wool, will be paired with some of my favorite pants of the year: deep aubergine or bright bottle green corduroy, rich red or black velvet. I have a special storage bin that cares for just my holiday season pieces, and I love pulling them out every year to blend in with my classics during this festive time..
It sounds as if you have your holiday outfits down pat. Merry Christmas!
I like all of your outfits, but really like the black and red plaid blouse with the black wool pants from Ralph Lauren and the red plaid pants with the black turtleneck and blazer. I purchased the red plaid blouse from Banana Republic, are the back pants lined? I am allergic to wool, can I wear the blouse with the faux black pants do you think and pull it off?
I can’t see why the faux leather pants wouldn’t work with the blouse. I think you will look trés chic.
Hi Beth: You look wonderful in all those outfits.
Re: The Ralph Lauren military jacket. I have a military jacket bought from Chico’s several years ago which I wore the other day and my 35-year-old son made fun of me as I supposedly looked like a member from a popular band from the past.
Now I know Ralph Lauren is also in but is my Chico’s jacket dated?
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band! Personally, I think military jackets are always on trend.
Oh my goodness! The ‘hostess with the mostest’ outfit is exquisite. They are all gorgeous but you hit it out of the park with that ensemble. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Merry Christmas, Peggy!
Gorgeous looks…all of them!! This time of the year I can’t get enough plaid!!! I especially love the beautiful long sequin jacket hostess look…stunning!
I am always mad for plaid this time of year too! Happy Holidays!
You just look beautiful in all the photos that you shared and how you styled each one to fit your
look for the season. Of course I am a bit partial to
the San Francisco outfit because that is my hometown.
If I ever want to send you a card through USPS do you have a P.O. Box ? I am a vintage card person,
I enjoy sending cards, home crafted or otherwise.
Yes, I have a mailbox for mail here’s the address:
1720 Epps Bridge Pkwy
Suite 108 #417
Athens, GA 30606
Your cards sound divine!
Fabulous Beth! I love all your outfits…most are right up my alley. I’m going to reform my ways; instead of buying many many things leading up to Christmas, I am going to wait through December, follow your fashions and then purchase fewer things, but things that are fabulous and that I love the best! Hope I can do it, cause I’m kind of addicted to shopping! Lol…and I DO have a budget! Just want to upgrade everything. Great post!
I think that’s a wise way to shop. Merry Christmas!
Love so many featured here but especially the way you pair a blazer over turtleneck and wear heels to glam up your look! Also love last year- 2020! Wow!!
That sequin duster is pretty fab! Merry Christmas, Paulette!
You look smashing in the red plaid shirt with black pants and the big buckled belt!! That outfit is perfect to show off your nice figure!! I like them all, but the other one that is spectacular to me is the very first one. Can’t put my finger on it, but it’s just a pretty picture! Or the sweet look on your face!
I just checked your Instagram, and your short videos are great! Very clever!!
I have an amazing team in place that keeps me at the top of my game! The first photo is a favorite of mine as it was snapped in the early days of the blog with Mr. Style behind the lens.
I love today’s blog! The red plaid pants are my favorite….you look fabulous in all of them, though! Merry Christmas to you and your family and crew!
Merry Christmas, Janet! I’m partial to plaid pants especially this time of year.
I loved all of your outfits, you are reversing time with pure sophistication and grace! Love all your tips, tricks and beauty!
aren’t you sweet?! I’ve learned a few beauty and skincare tips along the way.
My favs are 2016, 2020, and both from 2021. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.
thanks for stopping by!
You look absolutely STUNNING in each year’s Christmas outfit! I’m loving you in the red jacket and pants with pink shoes. It’s something a bit different than the usual darker colors.
Pink and red are one of my favorite color combos! Merry Christmas.
I always love seeing photos from the past. The outfits are all so glamorous but my personal favorite is from 2019. It’s understated and very polished. Thanks for sharing.
Ralph Lauren will always have my heart because of this – understated and polished. Merry Christmas!
The 2021 red suit is gorgeous and my favorite by far. I also like the simplicity of the 2018 date night outfit.
Truly every single outfit is classic and ones I would wear!
that’s what i love best about classic style – it stands the test of time.
Every one of your holiday outfits is a delight. You are like a sugar plum from The Nutcracker. I admire and appreciate your continued pursuit of the joy, beauty and magic that can be found in fashion and style. You are a girl after my own heart.
One reason I love fashion is that it continues to grow and evolve. It’s never stagnant and it reminds us to
stay modern and fresh too.
I love all of your holiday outfits…the red suit and the pink shoes I just adore it!
And I love a tuxedo stripe pant !
Hi Beth….I love all of your outfits so couldn’t pick a favourite…you have such great style
Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas
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