I'm Lisa Kirk, a wife, mama, writer, and founder. Since 2010, Something Pretty has been home to my favorite memories, reflections, and inspirations. Thanks so much for reading!

A Casual Christmas Outfit


While I certainly wouldn’t hate a mailbox full of invitations to cocktail parties and fancy galas this time of year, 90% of the Christmas events I actually attend are far more casual–think cookie exchanges, small group holiday dinners, and the occasional slightly dressier date night. Assuming most of your December calendars look similar, I wanted to be sure to share a casual Christmas outfit this year that is comfortable and wearable, while still being festive! Enter a perfectly boxy red velvet top that’s just right for casual holiday occasions…not to mention, a no-brainer budget-wise.

Thanks so much for these fun photos, Amy Rae Photography! I had all my fingers crossed the Christmas decorations in downtown Raleigh would be up in time for our shoot and was so excited when they were :)

There are a few reasons this outfit works especially well for my fellow moms who may be at risk of being smudged by cookie crumbs at the holiday events they’re attending ;) I can’t get enough of velvet right now, especially since I discovered that it’s machine washable–a must for toddler mamas! I love the festive burgundy color of this shirt–it’s outside of my go-to color palette, but for just $10 with a coupon, I couldn’t pass it up.

Another Old Navy score? These ankle-length pants, which I bought during that awkward time when I was a few months postpartum but couldn’t quite wear my pre-baby jeans comfortably yet. A friend recommended these to me, claiming they’re impressively forgiving, and she was right. It was nice to have another option than leggings during that in-between stage, and I love that I could buy my normal size so I can still wear them now.

Finally, the convenience of a crossbody bag took on a whole new meaning to me a few weeks ago when I brought this Fossil one (c/o) to Charleston (you may have spotted it on Instagram here and here). With my heavy diaper bag tucked away in the stroller as we walked around the city, I loved being able to easily access my essentials in a “real” purse. At a party, I would absolutely leave my diaper bag in the car or tuck it away somewhere, keeping my phone and lipstick on hand in this bag. The fact that it’s a gorgeous emerald color that’s just right for Christmas is a bonus, but it also comes in gold and burgundy.

What events do you have coming up this holiday season? I’d love to hear what types of gatherings you’re looking forward to!






  1. Dana says:

    Adorable! I’d love for you to feature an outfit with slippers so I can feel better about my proposal fashion choices *hand over face emoji*


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