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.
Style Contributor Morgan Mullin has put together a few ideas for how to Look Fabulous After 40 at your Thanksgiving dinner.
For Casual Gatherings
Just because it’s a low-key meal doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. A cozy oversized pullover with a scoop or V- neck shows off your lovely collarbones (a body part that looks good on every woman, regardless of her shape). Paired with tried-and-true skinny jeans, you’ll look pulled together, yet effortless.
Add big earrings or a statement necklace and a structured bag in a pop of color to polish off the look! For footwear, consider riding boots- your jeans will tuck into them easily, and they walk the line between fashionable and comfortable.
To Look a Little Dressier at the Thanksgiving Table
If you’ve invited some extra company this year and you want to look a little more festive, then why not try a sweater dress? A sweater dress is a fantastic way to look glam and relaxed all at the same time.
The soft, bulky texture of knit dress ensures you don’t look too formal, but the fact that you are wearing a dress kicks things up a notch. And if you pick a sweater dress that is more structured like this Ralph Lauren Sweater Dress or this marigold cotton sweater dress it can be very flattering.
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.
Dressed-Up Dinner or Busy in the Kitchen?
Your holiday might a formal affair, but that doesn’t mean it has to be stuffy. Instead of a traditional little black dress, try dressy printed pants and a chic top. These tone-on-tone brocade pants are subtle, but elegant and up your style quotient by about a million points, while bolder prints like this black and white pair shout “fearless fashionista!”
A top with some flow to it will look fab with the pants and hide any tummy bloat from that extra helping of dinner.
Big earrings and simple flats are the perfect bookends to your look, so your pants can take center stage and let you ace the dress code in a fresh new way.
Regardless of what your plans are this special holiday, push yourself to celebrate in style. When you dress nice, you feel good. So glam up a little, enjoy your friends and family, and don’t be too hard on yourself if you happen to find room for one more piece of pumpkin pie!
* By Morgan Mullins. View Morgan’s full profile here.