Let’s be real, no one cooks a big holiday dinner in fancy clothes. When you’re peeling potatoes and seasoning the turkey, most of us wear something loose and plain. But once company arrives, it’s a different story. You want to look nice even if you’ve told everyone to dress casual.
I admit there have been times where I’ve gone down to the wire… where I’m in the kitchen, finishing up some food prep and the doorbell rings! I frantically run upstairs to toss on some lipstick and search for an outfit to change into that won’t be too hot, but that looks nice for my company. It’s not a good feeling deciding what to wear at the last moment, especially when your guests arrive looking festive and fabulous.
The trick to dressing relaxed but classy at Thanksgiving is to wear something that checks all the 3-C’s boxes: comfortable, cool, and casual. And because ‘casual’ means different things to different people, I’ve put together five outfits that fall along different points on the casual continuum. Keep one or two hanging in your closet and ready to go, so you’re not in a panic next time you’re cooking up a storm.
Jeans + T-Shirt + Flat
Lots of families like to be low-key and casual on Thanksgiving and this first look is the most casual of the bunch. Nothing is easier than a t-shirt and jeans but it is a special holiday, and you do want to look like you’ve put in a little extra effort, so here’s what you do: instead of a plain, boring, everyday t-shirt, go with one that is slightly more elevated and a little more festive like this paisley-print and striped tee.
Stripes are always chic, and the red print gives this top a nice, subtle festive note. Add these sweet blush ballerina flats, and you’ve got a perfect, cute and casual outfit.
Waxed Denim Pants + Embellished T-Shirt + Loafer Mules
This next outfit takes things up a notch. Instead of every-day jeans, try a pair of polished waxed denim ones. Waxed jeans look dressier and give your outfit a hip, modern vibe. These are also comfortable and fit amazingly well. By upping the bling factor with gold in the t-shirt and loafer mules, this outfit becomes a little more festive while still retaining its overall casual and comfortable look.
Black Pants + Sweater + Dressy Flats
A pair of LBP (Little Black Pants) is a versatile and stylish item that no closet should be without. There’s about a thousand or more ways to dress them or down. Here I’ve kept it simple with a lovely burgundy sweater and a dressy pair of suede lace-up flats. I’ve purposely chosen something streamlined and sleek to make serving dinner hassel free. All of these pieces can be mixed and matched with other things in your closet for extra mileage. Accessories like these chic earrings complete the look.
Luxe Cardigan + Black Pants + Dressy Loafers
To dress up a plain look, all you need to add is a touch of sparkle. The thing I love about this look is how easy it is to go from plain to Wow! in seconds. Wear these black jeans with a black sleeveless tank for prepping and cooking the meal.
You’ll stay cool in a tank, and any little spills, splashes, and stains won’t show up on the black fabric. When the doorbell rings and your guests arrive, slip on the gold cardigan, dressy shoes, and long necklace, and in seconds you’ll be party ready.
Shift Dress + Wedge Shoes
Some gals will be hosting a more upscale casual dinner this Thanksgiving, and for them, they may want to wear a dress. If that’s the case, try a simple jersey shift dress to strike just the right note. A shift dress is easy to wear and move in, something that’s a godsend when you’re bending to pull things out of the oven or reaching for the good glasses from the top shelf.
A three-quarter sleeve helps keep you a little cool while you’re cooking plus prevents dangling sleeves from getting in the gravy. Comfy wedge shoes are great when you’re on your feet cooking up a storm.
Where do fall on the casual continuum when it comes to choosing a relaxed Thanksgiving outfit?
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