Holiday Trenches + Hostess Gifts

Growing up, my parents begged me to dress up for Christmas Eve. During my stubborn years, I wore my fanciest pajamas (Barney-themed, obviously). And during my tween years, I snagged my big sister’s stilettos.

Fast forward to adulthood, and I’ve got my own fancy favorites for the holidays. Among them is a white trench that dresses up even the most casual pieces. Try pairing a classic coat of yours with simple heels and a festive beanie for your family’s holiday parties.

Bring a small hostess gift with you, even if it’s your parents hosting. Try a holiday bouquet (combine evergreen and berry branches), or a bottle of wine.

Click on the links below for outfit inspo…







Coat: J. Mendel. Look for less at Nordstrom here ($198), here ($149) + here ($159) & Bloomingdales here ($402) + here ($177) // Beanie: Anthropologie // Shoes: Christian Louboutin (look for LESS here)// Berry Branches: Pottery Barn // Linen Wine Bags: Restoration Hardware

Photos by Annie Shak


  • Lovely post Lauren! It doesn’t get much chicer than a white trench for the holidays (though with all the snow, sludge and ice we have on the Chicago streets in winter, it’s a far less practical choice). But for your Cali weather – this is absolutely PERFECT!

    • Thanks so much, Ashley! Yes— in Cali it’s perfect! But as a midwest girl, I know white can be dangerous in slush and ice 😉 Go for your darker trench!

    • Thank you, Ashley! Yes, for Cali it’s perfect! But as a midwest girl I know the slush can be dangerous for white 😉 Go for your darker trench!

  • christopher norton

    White is not a bad choice for Midwest where salt mixed slush is concerned – salt enhanced slush makes for ugly milky splotches when it dries, seems to blend in better on lighter colors. Either way its great to have choices for occasions – what a great country and time to live, count our blessings.

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