What to Wear on Thanksgiving

November 18, 2014

Thanksgiving takes the cake in my book… it’s my jam… the crème de la crème… a little slice of heaven… (do you see what I’m doing here?)… the pea’s knees. Okay we took it too far on that last one.

But seriously, what’s better than a holiday that revolves around food? It’s glutinous and amazing and appropriately followed by another day that revolves around over-indulging (hello, Black Friday). And leftovers! Leftovers are the reason for the season. Quote me on it.

Seriously, the only challenge of Thanksgiving in my book is finding an outfit that will look presentable yet still allow me to eat an offensive amount of stuffing and green bean casserole (as I type this I realize I’ve only ever been responsible for peeling potatoes, so some of you may in fact have bigger fish to fry (can’t help it) than your outfit choice).

If you too, are only trusted with peeling potatoes, you’ve probably had more than enough time to think about the estimated amount of pie you’ll be able to eat based on the elasticity of the pants you’ve selected for the holiday. In case you’re the head turkey however, below are a few options to mull over in if you’ve been too preoccupied with the oven schedule to get your threads together. These are a few of my favorites that speak to the season and provide their own case for comfort. Here it is: What to WEAR on Thanksgiving.

what to wear thanksgiving

If you’re going the pants route:

what to wear thanksgiving

1. Cirgue Tile Wide-Legs : This whole outfit is actually thanksgiving perfection. The colors are great, the pants basically look like an upgraded comfortable pajama and I feel like they have an optical illusion print that totally prevents people from seeing how much you actually ate (I might be making that up).

2. Zipped Olive Joggers: Why would you not do everything in your power to get away with wearing something that has the comfort equivalent of sweatpants? No change of clothes needed for your mid-day nap in these.

3. Retro Floral Velvet Skinny: They’re probably not ideal for overindulging in the waistline but the print is perfect for fall. Pair them with a loose and long sweater and I think you’ve found the fix.

If you’re dressing it up:

what to wear thanksgiving

1. Galan Dress: This little number is not only on sale but it would pair perfect with black booties and provides more than enough wiggle room to have that extra slice of pie.

Risen Sun Sweater Dress: The best of both worlds with no waistline emphasis in sight.

3. The Introduction Sweater Dress: Pair it with sneakers just like as shown and you’re game for the Thanksgiving football match, dress and all.

4. Ecote Long-Sleeve Meredith Trapeze Mini Dress: The “mini” language scares me, but other than that this looks like a perfect fit.

It is sweater weather after all:

what to wear thanksgiving

Cabled Boucle Pullover: This is as comfortable as they come and let’s be honest, with the loose bottom you could totally undo a top bottom without anyone ever knowing.

Cashmere Layering Turtleneck Sweater: The slit sides on this bad boy are begging for a second helping of pumpkin pie.

Hugo Guiness For J.Crew: What’s more appropriate for Thanksgiving.

Sugar Wrap Top: I’m obsessed with this top. The material is super comfortable, there’s a little stretch, and it hangs perfectly without being tight or frumpy.

For those skirting around:

what to wear thanksgiving

Sparkled Tulle Skirt: It has sequined birds on it. What is more festive than that?

Mixed Velvet Skirt: Not for those attending dinner at the home of furry friends.

A-line Miniskirt: Winter white… everyone is doing it.

Things to steer clear of

Bottoms that focus on being high-waisted: Before dinner, flattering. After dinner, not so much.

Culottes: Don’t be fooled, you actually have to have a tiny waist to balance out the baggy bottoms on these guys. 
- Rompers/Jumpers: I’m a big proponent of jumpers but not when bathroom breaks are included in the strategy of maximizing food intake for the day.

Crop tops: self-explanatory. Why are you considering a crop top in November anyway?

And if it happens to be raining on the big day, how cute are these Target rain boots? They’re actually the bee’s knees. Okay, I’m done.

And one more thing, this is my little PSA for any one of you readers that may be with me on Thanksgiving. Or not, maybe it’s just a note for you to take a little moment to self-reflect and think about your actions, your moral values and the ways in which your decisions effect the likes of those around you on the holiday of giving. Need I remind you, on Thursday, November 27th when casseroles of the green bean and/or sweet potato variety are placed in front of your hungry little eye balls, do not be the person that takes all the best parts and only the best parts. YOU CAN NOT TAKE A MARSHMALLOW WITHOUT ACTUALLY TAKING SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE. I won’t let you do it. Just as I won’t let you fill your plate with 80% crunch fried onion goodness and 20% green bean stuff. Some folk at your dinner may be more passive then myself, they may let you get away with this travesty of selfishness, but trust me your little charade is not going unnoticed by the masses.

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  • Julia
    November 18, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Love this! I host and do most of the cooking but I still try to make sure I have a super cute and comfy outfit picked out. I like to make it look like not only did I cook this fabulous meal but I looked great doing it.

  • Tricia
    November 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Love this list! I’m definitely keeping this in mind next week.

  • Marci
    November 18, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Love that cashmere layering turtleneck!

  • Melissa
    November 19, 2014 at 7:45 am

    I love all these ideas. Stretchy is better on thanksgiving…..I wish I could just wear yoga pants ; )

  • Cindy Dudas
    November 19, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Ya know, I never really dress up on Thanksgiving and I don’t really know why! I think I’ll start!

  • Brandi
    November 19, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I’m loving the first pants and the first sweater….equally loose and comfy to hide all of those crunchy onions…I mean green beans.

  • miranda papandreou
    November 19, 2014 at 11:53 am

    OOh I love the Risen Sun Sweater Dress!

  • Gina B
    November 19, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Yea, I’m jeans-sweater-boot girl myself, especially since the relatives who host it every year live in the North Pole! (You might know it as the Poconos.) Have to be comfy. And, I don’t normally overeat..used to but now I take my time, especially since the family has now banned my favorite sharp provolone hard cheese for packaged mozzarella. Bleh! (YES we do antipasta every single holiday. Kinda boring.)

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