Dress Like Your Favorite Holiday TV Special Characters

Holiday parties are fast approaching and if you’re like me, you’re stumped on what to wear. You don’t want to freeze to death but you don’t want to look frumpy. You want to look cool, but you don’t want to look like you copied whatever trend of the moment the Kardashians are being paid to tout.

Keeping it klassy, ladies.


Just as I was about to give up hope and dress in another forgettable red and green ensemble, I realized that there is no better inspiration for holiday party outfits than characters from holiday TV specials! I created and curated outfit ideas from the most beloved holiday specials that will hopefully also give you ideas for your next party outfit.

The Grinch, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

Grinch Outfit

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Outfit by susan-velazquez

Channel The Grinch with an all green, all fuzzy outfit! This may be tricky since fur coats, even faux ones, are expensive. However, you can always try to see if you can track one down at your local thrift store. It’ll also be a warm investment piece for the cold winter months ahead. Just pray no one from PETA throws a bucket of paint on you and ruins the awesomeness of the acid green.

If worst comes to worst, just buy a green faux fur throw blanket and wrap it around yourself and pair with green tights. Then you will be all set to party! If anyone asks if you’re supposed to be Oscar the Grouch, just break into their house and steal their Christmas presents while they’re sleeping. Don’t feel bad about it; your heart is two sizes too small, remember?

Linus van Pelt, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

A Charlie Brown Christmas Outfit

A Charlie Brown Christmas Outfit by susan-velazquez 

Parties involve a lot of socializing and if you’re feeling shy, you can take fashion cues from Peanuts‘ resident philosopher, Linus Van Pelt and hope his conversation skills flow through you. All you need is a black and red striped shirt, black pants, and a warm blue blanket. In addition to being a nod to Linus Van Pelt’s signature look, the blanket is a versatile accessory–it can be a scarf, it can be a shawl, it can be a handkerchief. And when you drink too much to cope with your annoying relatives who keep wanting to know why you are still single and why you are not sharing their Facebook memes about Hillary Clinton being the Anti-Christ, you can use the blanket to curl up in a corner and pass out in a warm, safe environment. And that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

The Abominable Snowman, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Outfit  by susan-velazquez

You can be comfortable and at the height of haute couture with this Abominable Snowman-esque outfit. A white faux fur vest will keep your warm and make you look super stylish. Wear a monochromatic white outfit as well and you will look so fashionable that people will be too intimidated to talk to you all night. In fact, don’t talk to anyone at your party. Just growl and stomp a lot so people will be frightened of you. Then, at the end of the night, go into another room and pull out all of your teeth to show everyone that you are actually harmless.


Frosty the Snowman, “Frosty the Snowman”

Frosty the Snowman Outfit

Frosty the Snowman Outfit by susan-velazquez

Imitating a happy, jolly snowman is easy–simply wear an all white, monochromatic outfit. Your accessories will be pretty simple too: you only need a top hat, a pipe, and broom. Plus, they’re great conversation pieces! People will come up to you all night to ask where you got your fabulous hat and to confusedly ask if you’re on the clean up crew.  If you want to avoid small talk but still channel a Frosty the Snowman look, cover yourself in a pile of snow. Attach pipe and hat accordingly.

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Susan Velazquez

Susan is a recent college grad and writer who enjoys all things from the 1980s, snarking on dumb television, and reveling in celebrity gossip. Oh, and she has serious interests like reading historical fiction, getting involved in social issues, and consuming French fries.

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