What to Wear to Thanksgiving Dinner

Yes, it’s a family dinner, not some big evening out on the town,  and you 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.

what to wear on thanksgiving

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 comfier than riding boots.



 A Cozy Sweater Dress

Sometimes you don’t feel like pants, but a dress seems too stiff, so a nice in between 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 fabulous 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.



A Turtleneck and Poncho

Visiting family for 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!


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  1. I have the same concerns as the reader below. It’s pretty much always summer where I live. I’d love to wear boots, tights, and sweater dresses but I would swelter, especially with hot flashes added to the equation. How do I stay comfortable while looking seasonally appropriate?

  2. Ann Paulson says:

    These are great suggestions as long as you live where it is cold. It will be 85 degrees for my Thanksgiving Day…no sweaters, turtlenecks, or ponchos for me! I would really appreciate you addressing seasonal styles for the different parts/weather of the country. It is sometimes a challenge for me to wear and enjoy the seasonal fashions when the season change is not evident in the weather….how to look appropriate to the season and also the weather. Thank you and happy Thanksgiving!

    • Hi Ann, check the answer I just gave Eva about shirtdresses. That is one good option. You make an excellent point. I spend part of my winters in Florida so if your are there full time or somewhere else warm, I can see how you would need suggestions. I will work on that and bring you some posts in the next couple of weeks. Cheers, Deborah

    • Ann Paulson says:

      Thank you, Deborah. I look forward to more on this subject. FYI, I live in Southern Calif.

  3. Marylin morello says:

    What is the difference between tights and leggings

    • Hi Marilyn, good question. Many people are confused. Tights are generally footed. Think of a thick opaque stocking or opaque leotards. Leggings are not footed. You can have different thicknesses of leggings. Some are as thick as an oapque tight with the foot cut out, and other leggings are a heavier knit almost like a pair of pants. Of course there is everything inbetween.
      The heavier, bulkier your top the thicker your legging. For example if you wore a long, blousy shirtdress you would wear light-medium weight opaque leggings. If you were wearing a long chunky sweater you’d be better off in medium-heavy weight opaque knit leggings. I hope that helps. Cheers, Deborah

  4. Donna Cognac says:

    These are great suggestions for Thanksgiving Day outfits. Relaxed fit knit dresses or tunics over tights or tapered stretch waist pants are perfect to look good and feel you can still breathe after dinner. Just be sure the room temperature won’t be too warm.

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