(Side story: At my school, the uniforms for the girls consists of khaki or navy skirts (I wear plaid #rebel) or pants. I always laugh, in my mind of course, at the girls who are literally numbed to the bone, wearing skirts, trying to impress God knows who. The minute it's below 60 degrees I turn to my thickly knit tights and socks to wear with my skirts.)
Tailored pants are a sophisticated (and practical!) way to get all of the holiday without the hyperthermia. Even if you're not the structured type you could go for a chic sweatpants look (Yes, they do make chic sweatpants.)This has been in the back of my head since September with all the trousers walking around the runway and now I finally get to put it into action. Just add some sharp tuxedo pants with some elegant blazers and you've got yourself a practical and sophisticated holiday outfit.
Trade in your dress for pants and trade in cold legs for warmth. Seems like a reasonable deal to me.
And what's an outfit without the shoes?