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Winter fashion: Perfect holiday outfits for men, women and children

Stumped on what to wear and strapped for cash? TODAY Style has festive holiday outfit ideas that can work with clothes already in your closet.
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You've made your gift list, checked it twice and even ordered last-minute items for the ones you almost forgot (oops!). Now, there's only one task left to do: figure out what you and you're family will wear for the festivities.

If you're feeling lost, there's no need to stress! TODAY Style is here to help with festive ideas that might even work with clothes you already own.

Mad for plaid

Funky and fresh


Plaid doesn't have to mean frumpy! This unique skirt is made of sequins that are mermaid green on one side and matte gold on the other, meaning you can switch up the colors as often as you like. Pair it with a simple plaid flannel and you'll look like a street style star in no time.

Cotton flannel shirt, $24.99, H&M; Sequined skirt, $49.99, H&M

Effortlessly cool

Sure, plaid is a classic print for holiday, but that doesn't mean it's boring. Take this navy and olive tartan print, for instance, that feels young and fresh any time of year. Add a loosely knotted knit tie and fashionable sneakers for the ultimate in effortless cool.

Men’s slim-fit tartan shirt, $19.50, Old Navy; Scramble knit tie, $25,; Slim fit straight jeans in navy, $49.90, Uniqlo; Striped tongue sneakers, $39.90, Zara

The mix and match


Mixing patterns can be a dangerous game. Do it right and you look stylish and trendy. Do it wrong and you simply look crazy. Here's the trick: Make sure one pattern is significantly larger than the other. For example, this boldly patterned polka dot tie is much larger than the tightly knit plaid behind it. So instead of competing, they complement each other.

No iron tailored fit shirt, $49.50, Land’s End; Drifter crew sweater in navy, $29.99, Land’s End; Silk Churchill dot necktie in navy/white, $49, Land’s End; Standard taper fit jeans, $41.99, Gap

Sleek monochrome


Winter white

As far as we're concerned, nothing feels as crisp and clean as winter white. Add in some metallic silver, like this mini-pleated skirt, and it'll feel like you're walking around with your own personal tinsel. The holiday spirit never looked so chic!

Diamond Pointelle sweater, $59.50, LOFT; Silver pleated skirt, $49, Zara;

James Bond-esque

Wearing matchy-matchy isn't the fashion no-no it used to be. In fact, pairing nearly exact colors together — like this matte burgundy tie and shirt — looks sleek, sophisticated and cohesive in an outfit. It's basically the fashion equivalent of James Bond.

Shirt with contrast band in burgundy, $39.90, Zara; Astute solid tie, $19,; Ben Sherman flannel trousers, $65,

All-violet everything

Don't shy away from color! Women can often feel intimidated about rocking one bright color from head to toe, but it's actually more flattering than you think. This sexy jumpsuit hugs curves while elongating the body. If you're looking to add a touch of sparkle, try this fishnet infinity scarf for a little flare.

Lauren Ralph Lauren plus-size charmeuse wide-leg jumpsuit, $83.99, Macy’s; Cejon solid mini fishnet infinity loop scarf, $17.99, Macy’s

Comfy cozy


Like a sweater for your whole body

We have two words for you: sweater leggings. They are exactly what they sound like and possibly even better. We love how this printed pair could work for lounging around the house, but still look appropriate out on the town. Looking cute never felt so comfortable!

Lou & Grey on point turtleneck, $54.99, LOFT; Mossimo women’s pattern legging, $13.99, Target; Naturalizer sparkle slippers, $14.99, Macy’s

Après ski

You know that old pair of sweatpants you still can't get him to throw out? Once you introduce him to these super soft joggers, you just might have a chance. And this warm patterned flannel will make him look like a stylish skier who just got off the slopes. A win-win!

Flagstaff flannel in burgundy, $17.99, American Eagle; Mossimo jogger pants in olive, $20, Target

Picture-perfect holiday look


Looking cute and feeling comfortable are important for tweens, but not nearly as crucial as finding a perfect social media post for the holiday. These candy cane leggings paired with jingle bell cat ears are just begging to be shared with the world.

Hooded Christmas sweatshirt, $12.45, Justice; Candy cane printed leggings, $8, Justice; Holiday cat ears headband, $7.90, Justice (available in stores); Furry boot slippers in bright white, $14, Old Navy

"Star Wars" Santa

'Tis the season for celebration! We're talking, of course, about the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The little padawan on your list will adore this T-shirt featuring Darth Vader in a Santa hat. Layer it over a striped red-and-gray thermal and he'll look ready for all the festivities. Oh, and bonus points if you add wookie-like faux fur slippers.

“Star Wars” Darth Vader in a Santa hat T-shirt, $11.99, Macy’s; Striped thermal, $6.99, Carter’s; Fleece active joggers, $11.99, Carter’s; Faux fur slippers, $31, Pottery Barn Kids