5 Comfy-Cool Outfits Our Editors Are Loving For Their Chillest Holiday Plans — and They're All Affordable

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While glitter dresses and shimmery accessories are quintessential holiday pieces, not every event this season requires pulling out all the stops. Even if they did, who says you have to follow the rules? In 2019, holiday dressing is all about wearing clothes that make you feel comfortable, confident, and, most importantly, like yourself!

Whether you're hosting a potluck dinner or attending a gift exchange, the looks ahead are statement-making in their own right — just ask our editors! We're already planning our holiday outfit lineups, and you better believe these casual-chic picks are on the roster.

"I love this whole look because you don't need much to be the shining star of the night . . . literally! The high-waisted jeans are great for curvier bodies — like mine — as they hug all the right places in all the right ways. The shirt gives me freedom to move — which I need since I speak with my arms and hands more than I'd care to admit — and it's a nice, soft material that looks chic but is also comfy.

"The jacket is my favorite, because it gives the look an edgier vibe, mixing and matching patterns, but also providing the warmth I need during the colder months. And last but not least, the sparkly boots! Did you really think a Latina would do a 'casual' look and not add a little extra something? *wink wink*

"I'd definitely wear the look to the office holiday party. It's the right amount of cool and put together, and I'd add a red lip to make it more business-y."
— Maria Valdez, lead editor, Latina

"I'd describe my style as classic with whimsical touches; I gravitate toward fun prints and pops of color, so the delicate heart pattern on this top is calling my name. Combining it with dark denim and white sneakers gives the look a casual-cool vibe that would be perfect for just about any kind of holiday plans.

"Every December, my friends and I make it our mission to check out all the holiday-themed cocktail bars in NYC, and I know I'd feel good all night long in this outfit. If I wanted to dress it up a touch, I'd add a pair of funky statement earrings and a bold red lip. Plus, I know this outfit would work just as well with a puffer jacket layered on top — a necessity on a cold New York evening!"
— Annalise Mantz Lowenstein, living editor, Native

"Holiday shopping requires wearing a really cute but simple outfit, like this cozy Winter white sweater and matching denim. I love how the monochromatic look elevates wardrobe basics into an ensemble. Sneakers are a must when running around, and I'd pick a pair in a contrasting color for a pop. Another pro tip: I always wear garments and shoes that are easy to take on and off because (let's be honest) I might want to try things along the way.

"I like to do all my holiday shopping in one fell swoop with friends. We'll meet up in a neighborhood with tons of great shops and bounce from store to store helping each other select the perfect gifts — taking breaks for lunch and hot chocolate, of course."
— Joanna Douglas, head of content, Native

"I usually like to make a statement with my holiday outfits, but comfort is also very important to me. A printed dress like this one is effortless but polished, and I love that the sneakers provide a laid-back, cool vibe. To make it more festive, I'd definitely throw on a standout jacket, and this sherpa trucker is versatile and super on-trend — not to mention cozy! Sparkly earrings and a red lip are all I'd need to add before heading out the door to a party.

"Every year, my friends and I get together and celebrate the holidays with a fun and festive fete. Last year, we had a wine-tasting theme and got really into it with judges and prizes. Even though it's just with my friends, we all dress up at least a little bit and take pictures, and this outfit is exactly right."
— Kathleen Harper, associate fashion editor, Native

"When I'm going casual, I always rely on a canvas of neutral basics, like a fitted gray turtleneck and jeans. This way, I can personalize the look with accessories depending on where I'm going or what I'm doing.

"It's so easy to change up the vibe of this outfit with just a few small swaps! For example, snake-print ankle boots are perfect for a potluck with friends, while sparkly statement earrings and over-the-knee boots would work for a low-key date night."
— Stephanie Nguyen, style editor, Native