Why a Holiday Card Is the Perfect Excuse to Get Dressed Up in 2020

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A surprising trend I’ve noticed in 2020 is a welcome resurgence of some wonderfully wholesome traditions from generations past. In eight short months, we have become chess-playing, handicraft-practicing, family-time-enjoying, banana-bread-baking enthusiasts of bygone pastimes. And as wonderful as these practices have been for our mental health, this newfound lifestyle can leave us feeling deprived of glamour and self-expression by way of fashion (beyond the confines of an Instagram post, that is). There is no question that dressing up every now and then makes us feel good, but it can sometimes seem silly to thoughtfully plan a head-to-toe look when there’s nowhere to go, no one new to see.

Luckily, salvation is upon us—and it’s a throwback, too. Consider, if you will, the holiday card. You know it, you love it, you and your mother can never agree on it, and, due to the fact that everyone has been stuck at home for the better part of a year, we predict it’s due for a major revival in 2020. You can FaceTime your grandma, Zoom with your book club, and exchange Snapchat selfies with your friends from college, but no mode of long-distance communication possesses the special, Old World charm of a holiday card with your picture inside. And, of course, it provides the perfect excuse to get all gussied up in an outfit that is destined to be immortalized on a 4×6 notecard.

Whether you’re hunkering down in the snow or by the seaside, whether you prefer painterly florals or clean lines, there is a holiday card out there for everyone—and the perfect outfit to match. Here, a few of our favorites, which are sure to bring a little extra cheer to your loved ones this year.

Girlish Greetings

Cheree Berry Paper scalloped holiday cards, set of 50

$500

CHEREE BERRY PAPER

H&M wool-blend beret

$13

H&M

La Veste school shirt

$179

LA VESTE

Miu Miu tweed check skirt

$678$339

THE DOUBLE F

Jack Erwin Morgan Venetian loafer

$195

JACK ERWIN

Snowy Salutations

Rifle Paper Co. holiday snow scene cards, set of 8

$20

RIFLE PAPER CO.

Mittens Socks Shop nordic mittens

$58

ETSY

Cordova Eyak down-filled wool-blend trapper hat

$450

MODA OPERANDI

Cougar Verity genuine shearling waterproof boots

$220$176

NORDSTROM

Perfect Moment Qanaq one piece snowsuit

$990

PERFECT MOMENT

Tropical Tidings

Crane Twinkling Palms greeting cards, set of 25

$218

FINE STATIONERY

Lele Sadoughi crystal embellished lurex headband

$177$114

HARRODS

Prose custom hair oil

$48

PROSE

Molly Goddard Camilla shirred taffeta midi dress

$1,800

MATCHESFASHION

Loeffler Randall Daphne flat metallic leather sandals

$250

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

Classic Card Tricks

Pickett's Press engraved holiday deer enclosures, set of 10

$30

WOLF & BADGER

J.Crew double-breasted blazer

$298

J.CREW

Missoma Lucy Williams gold ridge cross signet ring

$110

MISSOMA

De Castro Tropico slippers

$149

R.A.C.

Comme Des Garçons Girl tartan pleated wool midi skirt

$580

SELFRIDGES

Postage With Panache

Minted watercolor holly branch holiday cards, set of 25

$78

MINTED

Cara Cara Blue Hill dress

$695

CARA CARA

Overland Peruvian alpaca fur Cossack hat

$135

OVERLAND

Staud Wally suede boots

$495

MODA OPERANDI

Saks Potts white fur Foxy coat

$1,770$1,292

SSENSE

Nordic Noel

The Cole Card Company Wagoneer holiday card

$13

ETSY

Filson Double Mackinaw wool hat

$105

FILSON

Woolrich Gentry coat

$495$347

WOOLRICH

Diemme Everest boot

$493

GARMENTORY

Lands' End patterned boot socks

$17$9

LANDS' END