What to Wear to Thanksgiving Dinner

Yes, it’s a family dinner, not some big evening out on the town,  and you definitely want to be comfy, but  life is too short to be frumpy!

This Thanksgiving seize the holiday spirit by saying no to sloppy sweatpants and boring slump-around-clothes and try these suggestions for outfits that are both casual and classy.

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The Statement Sweater

Just because it’s a low-key meal doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Big sweaters are in, so why not wear one that’s got some personality?  This artsy, graphic sweater can be worn with leggings or skinny jeans and will make you look confident, and relaxed.

Add big earrings and a fabric blocked bag to polish off the look! And of course, there’s nothing more comfy than riding boots.



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 A Cozy Sweater Dress

Sometimes you don’t feel like pants, but a dress seems too stiff, so a nice inbetween is a soft sweater dress.  It’s a fantastic way to look glam and feel relaxed all at the same time.

Pair your sweater dress with some great jewelry and tights or even leggings if your dress is short,  for an easygoing look that’s also fashion-forward. Flats are the perfect shoe choice to keep it casual.



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A Turtleneck and Poncho

Visiting family on Thanksgiving? Arrive in style at your holiday dinner ( or pop out to do some Black Friday shopping) in a sleek turtleneck, knit pants and poncho.

A casual bag and cute booties top off this sophisticated, easy-going holiday weekend look.

So there you go. Enjoy yourself and have that extra piece of pumpkin pie!


Holiday Party Style – How to Accessorize a Little Black Dress

If you’ve been invited to a holiday get together and don’t know what to wear,  you can’t go wrong with a little black dress.  Just like a Christmas tree you can dress it up in hundreds of ways and make it glow.

It’s especially great when you are on a budget because changing a few accessories can give your dress an entirely new look.  A little black is always classy, slimming and  totally appropriate during the holiday season and beyond.
Here are 3 fabulous ways to style it.
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The Cocktail Party Little Black Dress

A little black dress with strategic draping is a handy dress that every woman needs in her closet.  Draping is fantastic for disguising common trouble areas like hips, arms and midriff.  The asymmetrical hem on this dress gives it a fashion forwards edge. Also:

  • a black dress doesn’t mean your whole look has to be colorless – a pair of cute colored suede booties in midnight blue or Christmas red are a unique twist on this classic look.
  • a rhinestone belt around the smallest part of your waist adds some holiday sparkle. You’ll be get a ton of compliments on this piece and the bonus is your waist will look  narrower.
  •  glittery earrings that match your belt show off your holiday spirit!
  • a warm cape coat thrown over your dress is chic and modern with this dress.

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The Office Party Little Black Dress

At a work Christmas party you want to look  festive, but you need to maintain a professional appearance. The LBD makes this task easy. Choose one with sleek lines and tailoring to look smart and put-together. To add some interest, try a dress with a small peplum, or a unique neckline. Also:

  • Try wearing feminine accessories with a menswear inspired tuxedo style blazer. This makes for a very elegant mix.
  • The holidays are bright and colorful, so play around with different color combinations with your accessories.
  • Green is in this season and goes great with shades purple. For a striking contrast, wear an emerald green pump and carry a royal purple clutch bag.
  • If your dress has a stylized neckline, like this one, wear a necklace that complements its shape. For instance, a droplet necklace that sits nicely inside a cut-out V.

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The New Year’s Eve Little Black Dress

Of course, the festivities don’t stop after the Christmas parties are over. The little black dress is a classic option for New Year’s Eve too! A knee-length LBD with a high neck and black lace detailing is sexy and appropriate all in one. So not to take away from the lace detail at the neck, opt for a small simple necklace or no necklace at all. Also:

  • New Year’s Eve is a celebration where you can really go glitzy. Amp up the shine for the celebration with stand-out accessories.
  • Try a metallic pump in silver or gold, in a classic style that will complement your classic dress.
  • When it comes to jewelry, it’s New Year’s Eve, so go full bling! Rhinestone studded earrings and matching bracelet fit the bill.
  • Finally, carry a box clutch to stash all your essentials. A clutch with polished hardware and a leather or satin casing to gives you the most elegant look.

Here’s a few more little black dresses that would be easy to style for the holidays.

For more great ideas on how to wear the little black dress check out these looks from my readers.

*Guest Stylist for this post: Chantelle Collier

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