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Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens, is celebrating the holidays at home in a cashmere blend sweater

The tree is up! I haven’t had time to fluff the tree, not one ornament is hung with care, and the price tag might still be attached. BUT, the tree is up, and I am a happy camper. Christmas is MY time of year! I love all of the celebrations, the decorations, the Christmas joy, and especially the Christmas music. I think that I might be related to Buddy the Elf! Lol!

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens, is celebrating the holidays at home in a cashmere-wool blend sweater

Now that the kids are no longer under my roof, a tiny bit of my Christmas cheer has left. I used to have large trees in every room of the house, even the bathrooms. We made homemade ornaments, spice oranges, hot cocoa, snow cream, candy and listened to Christmas music all day long. Now that it is just Joe and me, most of those festivities don’t happen. Thankfully, the grandchildren do allow me to participate with them in building snowmen and drinking hot cocoa.

Today, I am joining Jennifer from A Well Styled Life and Cindy from Cindy Hattersley Design to bring you a Holiday outfit post. We decided to style an outfit that we would wear for Thanksgiving or Christmas, whether it was a party or a stay-at-home look.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens, is celebrating the holidays at home in a cashmere blend sweater and black velvet leggings from Spanx

Most years, we stay at home for Christmas instead of attending parties. Even when we go to a party at our friend’s house, it isn’t fancy, so a dressy holiday outfit isn’t required. In the past, I have been known to go overboard in my Christmas fashion. I’m not sure if I have ever shared that I love to paint, but I hardly ever have time anymore. But, I painted sweatshirts for Christmas, and I wore one almost every day. Lol! I might not have been the most fashionable back then.

I ran across this photo from 2010, so I would have been 50 in this photo. I still like this outfit; I love the vintage rhinestone snowflake pin, and who doesn’t love a velour Santa hat? I’m not sure what hair color phase I was going through, but it sure was dark.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens, is celebrating the holidays at home in an ivory cashmere blend sweater

Fast-forward eleven years and a lot of things have stayed the same, and some things have changed. I no longer wear hand-painted sweatshirts, but I still love bling. The next time I go to Grundy, I’m bringing that vintage rhinestone pin back with me so that I can enjoy it this winter.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens, is celebrating the holidays at home in a cashmere blend sweater with gold jewelry

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My holiday outfit will probably be a mix between party and loungewear. Lol! If you are confused by that, you’re probably not by yourself. I like to be “festive” looking, so for me, that means fancy. A sequin dress is fancy and festive, but it would be too much for an evening at the house. Instead, I look to fabrics for my “festive” fix.

This merino wool/cashmere blend cable knit sweater is the perfect mix between loungewear and festive attire. It is soft, cozy, and feels fantastic, but it looks so luxurious that you could wear it to a fancy party. The intricate details of the cable knit design are beautiful; in fact, everything about this sweater is special. I am wearing a medium in this sweater, and it is still oversized, which is the look that I wanted.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens, is celebrating the holidays at home in black velvet leggings from Spanx

Whether you decide to dress up or be more casual in your holiday outfit, these black velvet leggings are perfect. These leggings are one of those items that can be worn in several ways, making them so versatile. I can see myself wearing these with a denim jacket and boots this fall.

I ended up going with a large, and I am glad that I did. There isn’t an inch of fabric to spare, but I wouldn’t want them to be baggy either. Now I am wondering if I should get a pair in burgundy also. What do you think?

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens, is celebrating the holidays at home in a red cashmere turtleneck sweater and black velvet leggings from Spanx

I dressed these velvet leggings up with a red cashmere turtleneck. This look is elegant, semi-dressy, and I think the red turtleneck makes it perfect for Christmas. This outfit looks festive without having a snowman, reindeer, or flashing lights. If I had that vintage snowflake pin, it would make the outfit perfect.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens, is celebrating the holidays at home in a red cashmere turtleneck sweater with gold jewelry by Kendra Scott

I usually try to buy several cashmere sweaters a year, and I try to wait until they go on sale. This one is $40 off, and it comes in a LOT of other colors. I am wearing a medium, and the fit is great.

I am wearing my usual Large hoop AVI earrings and the Layton Gold Statement Necklace from Kendra Scott. I’m also wearing a David Yurman cable loop bracelet and my Apple Watch. I need to buy a fancier band for the watch if I want to wear it to parties. Lol!

You might have noticed that my shoes are casual. I love these glittery faux-fur-lined house slippers, and I have also been known to wear them outside the house. Once, I forgot that I had these on, and I went to the grocery store in them. No one said a word, but I bet that someone noticed and was scratching their heads.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens, is celebrating the holidays at home in a red cashmere turtleneck sweater, black velvet leggings from Spanx, and black boots

I threw on a pair of black ankle boots today. Most of my shoes and boots are at my other house, so I have to make do with what I have with me. I do love these boots, and I wear them a lot. The leather toe and the suede upper give the boots a unique look because of the different textures.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens, is celebrating the holidays at home in an ivory cashmere turtleneck sweater and black velvet leggings from Spanx

Now that you’ve had a look at my stay-at-home be sure to go and check out Jennifer and Cindy also. I know they will have great outfits, and be sure to tell them that Tania sent you.

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  1. I am nearly 78 but love your style It has many clothes I like to wear but also shows me alternatives I can add to my closet or colors I’d never put together YOU always look so smart Bless you for the hints

  2. Hello! From the looks of the pictures you’ve lost weight. Can I ask how?

  3. Great sweater choices, and love the velvet leggings.

  4. Love your hair !!! You look so good. I feel the same way about Christmas since my children are grown! I still love to decorate at home and they tell me they love seeing it all!

  5. Love both looks. I thinks many of us will be more casual with our holiday clothes. Comfort is always good!

  6. Debbie Brown says:

    Love both outfits!

  7. You look beautiful in both red and white. I love both outfits.

  8. Cathy Alves says:

    I love your outfit with the red sweater. It is so festive. It looks so great on you.

  9. Love the first outfit especially! I would need to find a less expensive version of each, but great inspiration!
    You look absolutely beautiful and trim, whatever your doing, it’s working!
    Kim 🍁🍁🍁

  10. I used to paint sweatshirts, too, and made Christmas presents for everyone one year! haha!! I love the gold slippers and never would have guessed they were slippers since faux fur is in abundance this year. The black velvet leggings are very cute. Burgundy would also be flattering.

  11. Great look, but unless someone else is cooking, there’s no way that I would cook in a cream colored sweater. Even with an apron, I would be wearing the squash and cranberry sauce! Some women look classy, others wear their food with pride – LOL

  12. Love everything about the outfits you styled today. I need those leggings for sure.
    Your message sure hit home today with me. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Ginger Hiller says:

    If you had not told us, I would have not known that the glittery shoes are slippers. I just thought they were cute slip on’s! Burgundy is a great color for Christmas. My taste in Christmas attire has definitely changed over the years. Last year I bought Larry and I matching pj’s for Christmas, and I’ve already bought us new ones for this year.

  14. The velvet leggings are beautiful! Amazing holiday looks. I would wear the slippers out of the house as well…

  15. cynthiahattersley says:

    Oh my goodness love those glittery slippers (and the sweater of course!) I wear my ugg slippers all day long. I have almost gone to the grocery store in them as well. So glad to hear someone else has done the same thing! Thanks so much for joining us! I haven’t even started my Xmas decorating!

  16. Loving your holiday glam. It is festive and fun and classy. I love burgundy for the holidays. Get those pants. Wear them with a gold top. 💕puppy love💕

  17. Suzy Konda says:

    Love these classy yet comfy holiday styles! I really like the idea of the burgundy leggings as well! Always appreciate your daily inspirations of faith. Perfect start to my day.

  18. Love everything about you! Would definitely be interested in seeing some gold watch bands for Apple Watch. Need to bling mine up!

  19. Charlcy Green says:

    Tanya I loved seeing the post from 20/20! And you looked great with the dark hair too. But I have to say that you look even younger and More Beautiful now! I love those glitzy shoes without outfit and I would never have known they were slippers. You always find the best things to go together and that outfit is stunning. So have you moved to the new house yet?

  20. You look amazing, Tania!! So slim. Bravo!! I love your sweater and velvet leggings. Those are right up my alley. I want everything you’re wearing. Including sweet Lucy 🙂

  21. Love the velvet leggings. Not something I would normally wear but they look so good on you I might give them a go.

  22. Holly Pickering says:

    Love the velvet leggings!

  23. Absokutely perfect outfits! Love!

  24. MARLA campbell says:

    Love the pants!

  25. Both are great looks! Love your style…

  26. Denise Hasehuhn says:

    Hi Tania! Thank you so much for your encouraging posts. I enjoy reading daily your positive vibes on fashion and especially the Bible verses. I’m a true believer that God’s word in the morning sets the tone for whatever is thrown at me at anytime during the day.
    I’m a little past the “50 is not old” and in to the “60 is making a difference” realm. However, you have definitely gotten me out of my frumpiness and into a, and if I do say so myself, pretty hot looking Mimaw! 🙂 Bless your heart for taking all the time needed to inspire ladies from all walks of life. Keep it going sister!

  27. Perfect outfits for casual holidays that can be dressed up in a pinch! Love them both.

  28. Jeanette Hayes says:

    You are more beautiful than you were 11 years ago! Love the elegant simplicity of your holiday outfits. Change of subject, do you have any styling tips on how you get you brows to look so good?

  29. Patricia Konze says:

    At first I didn’t realize that the glittery “shoes” were actually slippers. Too cute! Love them!

  30. Barbara ingram says:

    You absolutely glow in today’s outfits, which r lovely. Lucy lu is adorable…we had a Yorkie for 15 years…loved him💕. Look forward to every post….your style and ideas. We have serious illnesses in our family…prayers appreciated 🙏💕😘

  31. Love these outfits! Perfect for casual holiday attire that can be dressed up in a pinch.

  32. Thank you for the post, I was just ready to put my velvet legging, spanx, and a Jjill red chenille tunic sweater in donate bag. I got both right before Covid shutdown, and now keep reading they are past fashion. The outfits you showed, demonstrated they are not dated, and they will be prefect for festive parties and stay at home cozy. Have a great weekend.

  33. Your Christmas tree is Beautiful, even without any decorations! Love both of your outfits, my kind of style.

  34. You look so pretty in both outfits. I’ll take them both.

  35. Love these holiday looks! I have similar leggings and sweater so I guess I NEED the gold glittery slippers. Just placed my order!! Happy Holidays!!

  36. You look great and I love everything about your holiday outfit! I was thrilled to see that vintage rhinestone pin. I have almost the exact same one and it belonged to my Mom. I think I will wear it this holiday season. (maybe even today!)

  37. I love Christmas too! I love red for the month of December and wear it whenever I can. That pin is the cutest!

  38. Amy Linsell says:

    Love the holiday looks. The red cashmere sweater is my favorite.

  39. No fancy parties here but want to look festive and comfortable. I have embraced the legging look and wear with tops that cover the rear area. I too, love bling and try to incorporate some in my outfits for the holidays. Thanks for the ideas and suggestions!

  40. Love the outfits and the tree!