don’t look now but thanksgiving is just ONE week from today! holy turkeys, y’all!
let me first start off by saying that thanksgiving is hands down my favorite holiday for the fact that it incorporates some of the best things in life -family, food, and football. you guys, it’s basically a day focused around eating, how could you not get on board with that?!
ANYWAY, since worrying about what to wear should be the last thing on your to-do list for the thanksgiving holiday (the first thing on that list should be how many slices of pumpkin pie you plan on eating and the second -getting together your game plan for black friday sales), i’ve styled three easy outfits to use as inspiration as you get dressed on the big day -whether your feast is a formal affair, a casual gathering, or somewhere in between.
for a formal affair
my family tends to take a more casual route when celebrating the holidays, but i realize we are not always in the majority. perhaps your family’s festivities call for a more formal dress code and if that’s the case, don’t you worry, i’ve still got you covered. hopefully your definition of “formal wear” equates to “something dressier than jeans” rather than “full-length ball gown,” otherwise i’m going to be very intrigued as to where you’re eating your turkey dinner this year. for a great party look, i love taking a statement skirt -in this case my favorite fuchsia a-line -and accenting it with black and metallic. to me, black always makes an outfit instantly chic and bling of the rhinestone necklace gives the outfit a polished, upscale feel. the end result? you look put together without looking like you’re trying to hard. because you obviously have more important things to think about, like whether or not to have your pie plain or a la mode (obviously a la mode).
for a casual gathering
as i mentioned above, the dress code at our holiday celebrations is hardly fussy. we’re more of a jeans and t-shirt kind of gang and it’s just one of the zillion reasons why i love my family so dang much. though some may argue that wearing skinny jeans to thanksgiving is counter-intuitive, i say it depends on the type of skinny jean. if you get a skinny jean with some good old-fashioned stretch in them, your chances of being comfortable even amidst a tryptophan coma are still strong to quite strong. and even if you have to pop a button after dinner while you veg-out on the couch, your big comfy cable sweater can certainly act as camouflage. i love the form and function of this casual look. layering is a great way to not only add visual interest to an outfit, but more importantly, to ensure you’re warm/cool enough throughout the evening. since the color palette is fairly neutral, use your footwear to add a little pizzaz. i love a pop of leopard myself, but a cherry red loafer or a metallic version of this season’s hottest shoe -the lace-up flat -would look equally as chic.
for somewhere in between
the first thanksgiving i ever spent away from home was just last year when i spent the holiday with my boyfriend’s extended family for the first time. obviously i wanted to make a good impression, so i opted for a little red dress, denim vest, and wedges (it was 80-degrees last thanksgiving!) -an outfit i knew i’d feel comfortable in and more importantly, that would allow me to eat as many helpings of sweet potato casserole as my little heart desired.
the cut of this denim dress i picked up last summer is perfect for thanksgiving since its shape pulls away from the body -just enough to hide one too many slices of apple pie. remixing your summer dresses is a great way to get extra mileage from them as you transition into the holiday season. so if you have future in-laws to impress this thanksgiving, fancy up your go-to casual dress with a cute coatigan and pair of suede booties. you’ll look cute, feel comfortable, and exude confidence. they’ll have no choice but to fall in love with you :).
hopefully these looks give you a little inspiration as you plan your outfit next week. just remember, if all else fails, there’s always joey tribbiani’s approach…