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What to Wear on Thanksgiving

My favorite family Thanksgiving photo circa 2015. Next year we will add another little one to this picture. 🙂

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday that allows us to pause with gratitude before the busy Christmas season begins. I love that it’s centered around spending time with loved ones without any expectation of gifts, just quality time.

I tend to dress up for the occasion even when others don’t. I wouldn’t say my Thanksgivings are super casual nor are they formal, so the outfits here are appropriate unless your family gets really dressed up for Thanksgiving dinner. You’ll see from the outfits below that I like to follow a certain formula that makes picking out an outfit for Thanksgiving a breeze.

Most years I wear some sort of combo of an autumnal pattern – such as plaid, tweed, houndstooth – either as my top or bottom and then keep the rest of my outfit more solid with some texture. You’ll notice I love to layer a sweater over a shirt and pair it with a skirt – my foolproof Thanksgiving go-to outfit. Sometimes I’ll wear a nicer pair of pants with a ruffle plaid top tucked into it and a nicer belt, but I think a skirt looks so nice.

I recommend the wool  Sidewalk Skirt from J Crew Factory (seen on my photo on the far left) because they come in so many great fall colors as well as plaids perfect for Thanksgiving. (Seriously, check out navy multi plaid and brillian pewter plaid). Plus they have an elastic waist so you’ll feel comfortable even when you indulge a little bit.


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I love these three examples of Thanksgiving outfits because they include great layering and color palette perfect for the season. I appreciate when people work the deeper tones of autumn into their outfit instead of only black and gray. Life is too short to dress boring, and one can look both elegant and interesting for the occasion so easily.

So my tips – dress comfortably but not sloppy, use your favorite colors of fall, and don’t be afraid to look polished even when others won’t be dressing up. 🙂


What to Wear to Thanksgiving Dinner

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Dressing for Thanksgiving can be quite simple if you stick to warmer colors that come with the holiday. My favorite outfit colors for this event are burgundy, olive green, navy, cream, and warm, neutral shades of brown. Pick a few colors and then add texture and pattern with tweed, chambray, plaid, and/or leather footwear.

I have six outfits for inspiration – three are more formal and three are more casual. My casual outfits are still on the dressier side because I personally like to dress nicer for the holidays.



Screen shot 2014-11-24 at 11.17.32 AMI love this sweater dress because it’s thicker and has elbow patches. To break up the brown, I added burgundy tights.

Screen shot 2014-11-24 at 11.17.24 AMThis tweed, two-toned skirt makes for the perfect Thanksgiving piece. I normally wear a green or burgundy sweater with it, but a turtle neck would look great too.

Screen shot 2014-11-24 at 11.16.29 AMI used both texture and pattern in this outfit. The key is to balance it out with neutrals, such as the camel tone sweater and darker navy tights.


Casual but Still Dressed Up:

Screen shot 2014-11-24 at 11.17.16 AMKeep it simple with a plaid ruffled top and riding boots. It’s an easy outfit that still looks polished.

Screen shot 2014-11-24 at 11.17.05 AMThis is one of my favorite color combinations – burgundy, navy, and a light blue button down. There’s no pattern, so the shoes and collar of the shirt add more interest.

Screen shot 2014-11-24 at 11.16.53 AMLastly, this it the most casual outfit with a comfortable flannel, cords, and weather appropriate duck boots. I used jewelry to dress it up a little bit.


What are you wearing for Thanksgiving?