What To Wear While Christmas Shopping

Christmas Shopping Housewife

It’s that time of year again! Everyone is desperately trying to get their Christmas shopping done in time. Who can be bothered with what they look like right now? Well, please… I beg of you! Don’t go out of the house in sneakers and pajama pants. I’ve seen WAY too many ladies out shopping wearing the most absurd and unacceptable outfits this month. Don’t be one of them! Just because you are distracted by holiday shopping doesn’t mean you have to scare people while you are doing it. It’s just as easy to be comfortable AND fashionable. That’s what we are ALL ABOUT here at The Fashionable Housewife.

So we’ve compiled a few tips on what to wear as well as some outfit ideas to get you inspired for dressing up this holiday season!

Things to keep in mind when you get dressed to go out Christmas shopping…

  1. COMFORT! Nobody cares if you are rocking your 4 inch stilettos in the mall. Really. Find your most comfortable, yet STYLISH jeans, like these Lee Perfect Fit Skinny Jeans, and strut your stuff. Don’t head our in pajama pants and sneakers! You will scare the other shoppers and make a spectacle of yourself.
  2. WARMTH! I don’t like lugging my coat around the stores, so I dress with many layers that I can peel off one at a time as I get overheated. Start with a tank top or cami, followed by a long sleeve shirt, a sweater that is easy to get on and off, and top it off with a vest, bulky knot sweater or light jacket.
  3. ACCESSORIZE! Just because you are comfy doesn’t mean you can’t look glam! Don your most sparkly jewels, like these sparkly Penguin Studs from Fossil, and get into the festive spirit of the season.
  4. FOCUS! It’s easy to get distracted while doing your Christmas shopping but try to stay focused! Only one week left before Christmas so now is the time to buckle down and get things done! Try apps for your iPhone like Retale to help get things done faster and cheaper.
  5. TIME! Keep track of time by wearing a stylish watch like this Decker Chronograph Stainless Steel Watch from Fossil so you don’t have to keep pulling your iPhone out of your pocket all day.

Wondering how all that translates into real life? See below…

christmas shopping

Outfit Ideas: Mint Green and Coral

Mint green and coral are two very popular spring colors right now. So many different ways to wear this color combo and today I think I hit the nail right on the head with this one.

I layered a Neon Coral Sweater ($32/Gap) with a mint green leopard print blouse (similar here) underneath. I thought ankle zip jeans (similar here) would be appropriate with the sandal booties I couldn’t wait to break out!

mint mint coral coral

neon coral with mint

coral with mint green

mint mint mint green with coral

I’ve been wearing this 2 Stone Custom Sterling Silver Infinity Birthstone Necklace from Eve’s Addiction ($42) almost non stop since I received it. I had it customized with the birthstones of my two kids. It’s simple, elegant, goes with every outfit and everything I wear, plus it’s a great reminder of my kids. (They are with me 24/7 – like I really need a reminder! lol) I love this piece though and I think it’s a great Mother’s Day Gift Idea.

coral and mint

I’m also loving this Two Tone Enamel Bangle in Electric Blue from Coldwater Creek ($30). It’s comfortable, easy to put on and off with the hinge design, very versatile because of the two tone colors and I get compliments on it all the time. They have a lot of great jewelry and accessories on sale right now. (Another Mother’s Day gift idea for ya!)

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Outfit Ideas: Wearing Socks with Mary Jane Shoes

Today, I spent the whole day shopping at Target, checking out their Threshold Collection. I’m doing a Spring Makeover on my bedroom and will show you the before and after pics this coming Tuesday! I think you’re going to love it…

I’m not so good with the interior decorating so I downloaded a Windows 8 app called House & Home to help me figure out what I wanted to do in my bedroom. Then I went on Target.com to check out the Threshold Collection and find the items I wanted for my bedroom makeover. Once I picked out everything I wanted, I headed to my local Target and bought it all!

Since I knew this is what my day would entail, I dressed comfy.


(Surfing the House & Home app on my Acer Iconia W510)

I think this is one of those outfits where you either love it, or you hate it… I am loving the green and I got compliments on my outfit all day while I was out, but I’ll tell ya, in a picture it’s really obvious that my “greens” don’t match! I think it looks better in person…

What’s going to be the controversial item here is wearing socks with mary janes. I got a lot of “LIKES” on Instagram, including one from GAP!

jafa mary janes with gap socks

How do you feel about the wearing socks with mary jane shoes? Love it or hate it, ladies?

Today’s Outfit

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Today’s Outfit: Sparrow Bird Print Top

My latest obsession? Wallis. Super cute stuff, great prices, on-trend selection, free shipping on all orders over $30. What more could you possibly ask for?

Wallis is like a cross between Forever 21 and Nordstrom. Cute styles and unique pieces like Forever 21, yet everything is “grown up” and cut for real women (not teenagers). I’m just in love…

After visiting the site for the first time, I fell in love with this grey bird print shirt. Perfect for a casual day. The collarless style is cut from the softest jersey and features 3/4 length sleeves. On sale right now for just $44.

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Today’s Outfit: TJ Maxx Score Outfit #3

I scored big time at TJ Maxx and have come up with yet another outfit from the 15+ items I got for under $200.

Here were my Outfit Ideas to go with the rusty orange colored blouse…

And here is what I ended up wearing today…

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Today’s Outfit: Lee Jeans & Energie Boat Shoes

My incredibly handsome (in my humble opinion) husband of 8 years is wearing a pair of Lee Vintage Slim Leg Jeans in Diablo (retail $58) with a vintage tee.

These jeans are from Lee’s new Fall 2012 collection. You can purchase these jeans at Lee.com and on Amazon.com.

Lee is gearing up for Lee National Denim Day – a movement that encourages people to go casual for a cause during the month of October. You can join the Denim Day movement any day of the month by wearing your jeans and donating $5 to the American Cancer Society to help those living with breast cancer.

Lee National Denim Day is proud to partner with the American Cancer Society for the first time this year! All donations will help the American Cancer Society support life-saving screenings in communities nationwide, bring hope and care to those traveling for cancer treatment and invest in groundbreaking cancer research.

It is estimated that 229,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone. We’re inviting you to help decrease this number by joining us in supporting Lee National Denim Day.

For more information on how you can get involved, visit http://www.denimday.com/

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Today’s Outfit: Red Bermuda Shorts

Nothing makes an outfit pop as much as a big ol’ splash of red! My outfit today got a big dose of sunshine with these Lee Comfort Fit West Bermuda Shorts. They have a clean utility styling and flexible hidden “comfort waist” made of elastic that stretches with your every move. Perfect for someone like me with young kids!

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