Packing for the Holidays

Holiday Packing List

It’s already November, and the holidays are right around the corner. We’ll be traveling to see family, and the boys are already excited. As we get ready to pack our bags, we’re inspired by J. Crew’s new winter collection, which is full of beautiful looks…

Holiday Packing List

1. Straight-leg jeans that go with everything.
2. Fair Isle sweater with a modern fit.
3. Cable hat for afternoon walks.
4. Canvas sneakers.
5. A relaxed turtleneck that feels effortless.
6. SmartWool socks.
7. Scottish cashmere scarf.
8. Knitted socks.
9. Flannel robe.
10. Pajamas to wear while opening presents.
11. Jeweled ankle-strap flats.
12. Gold hinge bracelet to add shine and a thin tortoise one for stacking.
13. Pretty lace pants (with an elastic waist!) perfect for holiday dinners.

Holiday Packing List

A patterned scarf is the easiest way to pull together an outfit.

Holiday Packing List

Toby loves any excuse to get fancy, so he was really into this tuxedo jacket and pants, with a plaid shirt and Adidas sneakers.

Holiday Packing List

Anton is more of a chill dude, so he’s wearing a mini Fair Isle crewneck, lined jeans and velcro kicks. For the holidays, he’s decided to put a flashlight at the top of his wish list.

Holiday Packing List

For gatherings with family, I’ll be wearing a wool sweater, lace pants and suede pumps. I love the lace hem.

Holiday Packing List

Are you traveling anywhere this winter? What do you wear when you dress up? See the full J. Crew collection here, if you’d like. (This is so cute, too.)

(Photos by Christine Han for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by J.Crew, a brand we’ve loved for years. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that support Cup of Jo.)

  1. Alex says...

    Love the black lace pants. I read the reviews abd they say they run big. Anyone purchase them? Should you size down or tts?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i sized down, thank you, alex!

  2. T says...

    Does anyone know of some pumps like Jo’s that are under $100? I love them but really don’t want to break the bank!

    • Alex says...

      Check out Sam Edelman pumps at Nordstroms. Similar and about $119.

  3. Lucy says...

    I am in love with those pants, and an elastic waist band?! Heaven!

  4. What beautiful family photos! Toby is killin’ it in that little tuxedo – so cute! ;)
    I have a pair of similar J.Crew PJs from last year – can’t WAIT to be pulling them out for all the holiday goodness that’s coming up. BEST TIME OF YEAR.
    http://www.wonderlandsam.com

  5. You look beautiful Joanna! And the boys are so sweet in their stylish threads :) My Christmas wishlist had officially started after browsing the J.Crew catalog this week!

  6. Oh I just love Toby’s face as he drinks that drink!

  7. Sara says...

    Two beautiful boys! I just love Toby’s tartan suit & shirt
    😍😍😍

  8. These pictures are so cute! I’m keeping a minimalist wardrobe and the Everlane silk long-sleeve tee is my favorite thing and is the most dressy item in my simple closet.

  9. beyond adorable you three! xxx

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh yay, thank you!!

  10. Shawn says...

    Such adorable little men!

  11. Cynthia says...

    Toby and Anton look so cute! They are such adorable little boys! I like the lace pants-an elastic waist is a great idea for holiday dinners! I wish the sweater was not wool because the colors are so pretty. I get warm too easily.

  12. How fun for Toby! I love Anton’s sweater! I wish they had it in my size :P That’s so sweet that a flashlight is at the top of Anton’s list!

  13. Libbynan says...

    I love that Toby likes to dress up. My 5-year-old grandson does also and is so cute. He was ring bearer in a wedding last month and just stole the show. It was an outdoor event and he was so careful about staying clean before the ceremony…..it was really adorable.

  14. Natalie T. says...

    Oh, Toby! They both my my heart. Love the trim
    on those lace pants!

  15. Daniela says...

    Toby in that suit! And Anton in that sweater! ♡♡ My little dude is about to turn 9 months, and I’ve been lamenting how quickly he’s growing. However, seeing your 2 sweet dudes has me excited for the future.

  16. Hattie says...

    Love that they have their own personal styles! Also super cool to let them be themselves :) Those knitted camp socks have been my winter style staple for a few years now. They keep coming out with new colors every year so I have to buy more…. :)

  17. Lisa says...

    Toby and Anton = new style inspiration. Toby is WEARING that suit

  18. Starlene says...

    My son loved flashlights too! Every year in his stocking he would get some variation!!

  19. Rachael says...

    OH MY GOSH. I’m totally stealing Toby’s look this holiday. I don’t care if people think I’m channeling Ellen, he’s ADORABLE

  20. Kate says...

    Well, you all look absolutely fabulous. Those pants are amazing (and I’m sure I would snag them and wreck them immediately!)

  21. Gorgeous! I love J Crew. This was a fun and inspiring post :)

  22. amy says...

    You look stunning and your boys are charmers. I want everything on this list. Thank you! Happy election day. xxx

  23. LOVE the Smartwool socks with the cute pattern. I will definitely be doing some of my Christmas shopping at J. Crew. I am also loving their shoe collection this season. Thanks for giving me some good ideas!

    xo,
    Anika Yael Natori, aka, ‘The Josie Girl’
    http://josiegirlblog.com/

  24. Amanda says...

    Oh my gosh! Those beautiful boys!!

  25. Roxana says...

    I love J. Crew. If I weren’t pregnant, I’d go bananas. Instead, I’m shopping for my kids :). Someone in our family needs to be rocking this stuff!

    Love those lace pants. You all look great!

  26. Lindsay says...

    Absolutely dreaming of those adorable pants. Swoon!

  27. Monica says...

    Love this!
    You guys are just too cool! :)
    #squadgoals

  28. Those pants look amazing!!!
    The only thing you are missing is a cute little bag/clutch.

  29. Meredith says...

    Oh my goodness I love those lace pants. As a brand new mom (in NYC, btw), I’m embracing pants with a little bit of elastic. Hahahah.

    Your blog always makes me smile. Thanks.

  30. Brittany says...

    Woah, I so dig those lace pants!

  31. Sofia says...

    Oh my god! GO TOBY! I love that he likes to dress so dapper! ;)

  32. Olma says...

    Yay TOBY! What a showman!

    Love the lace pants but I want to start a new movement to get women to STOP wearing high heels. Enough already. We all know they are bad for our feet. We all know they are not comfortable. We all know that they make us weak in a situation where we might be in danger yet we keep on wearing them, convincing ourselves that we wear them for ourselves because they make us feel good or feminine or sexy. Well I don’t buy that. Women look much better when they can walk with confidence than when they are tottering around on heels.
    We wear them because they make clothes look better? Don’t buy clothes if you need high heels to make them look good. If the customer doesn’t buy them then the designers will start to make clothes that are proportionately better cut and sized for flats.
    Enough is enough in my mind. When I see men wear high heels to the office, cocktail parties or to date nights then I will wear mine again. Until then I am happy to wear my trainers, loafers and flat boots.
    We are better than this. We are women. Ditch the heels. We have enough going on than to be putting ourselves in a physical position of weakness.
    Just saying…. :-)

    • Amauri M says...

      How about letting people where what they want to wear :)

    • Lauren says...

      I love high heels. Never ever gonna give them up (sung to the tune of Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up).

  33. Maryse says...

    Uch. Every time you post something J. Crew related I get so excited and then so sad it costs a fortune to get it to The Netherlands. I love everything. You all look amazing.

  34. Elspeth says...

    I have always thought that Toby is by far the coolest kid I have come across! He is totally rocking that suit. And Anton looks adorable in the knit. Your boys are lovely, Joanna. And you look really nice in that black lace too.
    Have a very lovely Christmas break, and all the best with your packing and travelling! xx

  35. Daynna says...

    It looks like Tony is having the same issue we are with the Adidas sneakers: too narrow maybe? The Velcro straps barely reach halfway across.

    Which is so disheartening because I absolutely adore these shoes on my son and would continue buying them at every size!

    Are you having that same issue, Joanna?

  36. such cute boys! so sweet! Thank you, you really inspire future moms!)

  37. Alexandra Marie says...

    Yes! Yet another reminder from the universe that I need a good turtleneck sweater.

  38. SheetalR says...

    Anton :heart_eyes:
    Can I please please borrow him for a day?

  39. Leah says...

    you’re killing me, Toby! xo

  40. Will your gift guides be coming soon??? I LOVE THEM! Always look forward to browsing every year :)

  41. Amy says...

    I LOVE those lace pants and your heels. Maybe because you are rarely wearing heels in photos on the blog, that really stood out to me this time and you look fantastic! Love all of the outfits!

  42. Kristyn says...

    Okay, just have to say that your boys are adorable and you look gorgeous, Joanna!

  43. Rachel says...

    those lace pants are beautiful.

  44. Mallory says...

    What lipstick are you wearing? It’s so flattering and chic.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Thank you! It’s a really cheap $6 one — I’ll check my makeup bag!

    • Kat says...

      Yes, I’d love to know as well!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      here’s the lipstick! only $6 and it stays on FOREVER: http://goo.gl/kSiYy4

  45. Molly says...

    What happened to Toby?? He’s 45 years old all of the sudden.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Hahaha you’re so right.

    • I think he has some real swagger there…kind of reminds me of a confidant Hugh Grant…if that even makes sense?

  46. Nicole says...

    Those pants look great on you! And the kids- adorable.

  47. Michelle says...

    Thank you for sharing Anton’s main wish for Christmas – a flashlight! It’s just too sweet. Now I’m curious what Toby wants. I love hearing kids’ wish lists.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Toby wants a new backpack and tea (he’s inexplicably into tea all of a sudden) and all things power rangers :)

  48. Meghan says...

    TOBY!! What pizazz he has, love how you encourage it!

  49. I have to have these lace pants. I’ve been very into lace lately (its probably the wedding dress shopping) but these are gorgeous! Love JCrew.

  50. Ellen says...

    This post is two of my favorite things combined: pretty packing lists and J. Crew. Love!

  51. Lena says...

    Can’t believe how grown up Toby looks in his suit!

  52. E says...

    this is adorable. very festive. makes me feel like the holidays are right around the corner.

  53. So sweet. I love seeing Toby’s face light up any time he can put on a sports coat, ha! And Royal Stewart is my favorite tartan, so I loved your scarf choice. :)

  54. Laura Reynolds says...

    Joanna, you and your boys are stunning!! I need those lace pants in my life. Also, I can’t wait until you start your annual gift guide!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Thanks for your sweet note, Laura. We are so excited to share!!

    • Amy P says...

      Ahh, I totally forgot about the gift guide! Yay!

  55. Love that nightshirt. I’ve been meaning to upgrade from my yoga pant/t-shirt pajamas. I’d still need something on bottom though – I like to feel fully dressed when I sleep!

  56. Brianna says...

    I adore J. Crew. I also adore little kids in jeans and sweaters.

  57. This is seriously the cutest–looking good!

  58. Rach says...

    Oh lovely clothes, pity they are so expensive to us Australians, I just saw some cute kids pj’s and they were $100!!!

    It’s summer here for Xmas, so there will be lots of shorts, nice tailored shirts and Birkenstock sandals for the kids. If I can find a pretty dress, I may try to dress up a little this year

  59. LKL says...

    How is the sizing on the lace pants? I love them, but feel like things at J. Crew tend to run huge so I never know what size to buy.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      They were a little big so I’d say size down!

    • paula says...

      How interesting! Here in Argentina there’s a constant fight with apparel brands because they keep altering sizes to make them all really small. There’s even a law that specifies exact sizing, but nobody follows it. It’s all about dressing women the size of a 15 year-old. It’s very frustrating and it brings a lot of girls down.

      On a happier note, Joanna I love seeing you in heels, you look stunning!! And I absolutely adore the way you let your boys pick their own styles. They both look very confident and confortable! Plus, that plaid tuxedo is the cutest thing ever :)

  60. Zoe says...

    HOW ARE THOSE LACE PANTS ONLY $98?!?!?! I thought for sure they’d be like $300+!

  61. Trish O says...

    Hope they make that plaid suit in men sizes. I have a 14 year old that would die to wear it!

  62. Natalia says...

    They are too cute!!!

  63. Nicky says...

    Omgosh! Since when did Toby become a young man? Makes me feel old – can’t believe I’ve been reading your blog for ages!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I know!!! He is growing up too quickly!!

  64. Lace pants! Elastic waist! <3

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Haha A DREAM!!

  65. Toby’s suit…I’m dead. He is such a card! Your family is so beautiful!

  66. We are traveling so much this winter and I love this list!! So funny, I just stopped into J. Crew recently (I have not been impressed this last year with their offerings) and their fall/winter collect is really wonderful! I got this fine knit navy sweater with gold stars – OMG, its gorgeous! And I have always loved their mens wear. My husband wears so much j.crew, we looked like a little catalog at brunch this weekend with the kids lol! J. Crew Mercantile is awesome too, especially for mens. The prices are fantastic – highly recommended!

    Xoxo http://www.touchofcurl.com