- Choose stretchy fabrics, like ponte or jersey knit. You'll be comfortable all day long, whether you are watching football on the couch, cooking furiously in the kitchen, or chatting at the dinner table until the wee hours of the morning.
- Go light on the accessories. Scarves can trail through the gravy, belts might need to be let out a notch after dinner, and heavy bracelets can dig into your wrists during a long meal.
- Rely on bright colors and fun patterns to add a dash of style to your look. Choose something bold for a festive outfit.
- Flared or a-line dresses are great because they create an hourglass shape and let you leave the shapewear at home!
- If you prefer to wear pants, look for a side-zip ankle pant to minimize zipper discomfort after eating a large meal.
It's almost Thanksgiving, the holiday where you have to balance looking nice with being comfortable enough to have extra helpings of everything. For those of you who are newer to the blog, here's a quick recap of my Thanksgiving dressing tips (for more details, check out last year's post):
Now you know what to wear for Thanksgiving, but there are plenty of other pieces that need to fall into place so that you can have a fun holiday with friends, family, and food. Before you make your last run to the grocery store, take a look at this post where I tell you the secret to an amazing pumpkin pie. The best part is that it is so simple that it only requires a small edit to your grocery list!
Do you have overnight guests staying at your house this Thanksgiving? Put a small stack of paperback books in their room so they have a go-to pile of suggestions when they need a little quiet time. Check out this post for my recommendations.
You spend a lot of time planning out the perfect menu for Thanksgiving, so shouldn't the cocktail list be just as special? Using the flavors of Thanksgiving--nutmeg, ginger, and thyme--I have created three easy and delicious cocktails for all parts of the day. If you have a designated bar area, write the specialty cocktails on a small chalkboard so all your guests know what's available. Check out this post for all the recipes.
When your group is looking for entertainment post-football and pre-dinner, pull out a board game. The three games I suggest in this post are easy to learn, fun to play, and won't take all night. If you have a group of people who don't normally play board games, assign someone in your group to carefully read the rule book ahead of time. That person will be in charge of explaining the games and clarifying the rules as necessary. This will ensure that you spend the time actually playing and not just learning to play.
What other tips and tricks do you have for making your Thanksgiving festive? Share your thoughts in the comments!
One of my favorite things about blogging is getting comments and notes from my readers. I especially love when you all tell me what style issues you need addressed because it gives me an idea for a post that I know will be useful. Today I will be answering one of your questions about holiday outfits:
"Recently, I've concluded that jewel tones are Not Really For Me (I think they don't work well with my skin tone), and I'm trying to dress in more natural / earthy / autumnal tones. But when I look at ideas for holiday and party outfits, pretty much everything is jewel-toned and glitzy.
Although I do tend to suggest glitzy pieces around the holidays, most of my holiday season is spent in more comfortable basics since the dress code at most of the events I attend is fairly casual. There is a joke in my house that your Thanksgiving outfit needs to include elastic waist pants so you can stuff yourself silly with mashed potatoes and pie. I do try to wear a ponte dress instead of yoga pants, but my look is far from being featured in a magazine spread.
Before I give specific suggestions about party pieces, I want to talk about shopping for pieces that aren't the most popular style for a season. Pretty much every store will start getting in a collection of glitzy dresses for the holiday so it can quickly feel like there are no other options. But if you approach your outfit search from the right angle, you will be able to find a great look without a lot of stress.
First, check out the sale section. All the fall pieces (with their lovely autumnal colors) are going to be marked down and put together in an overwhelmingly crowded section at the back of the store. It takes a little bit of patience, but there are often gems back there. When shopping the sale rack, be willing to try on multiple sizes. Sometimes pieces end up back there because their fit was slightly different than the brand's normal sizing and other people were unwilling to try a size up.
Second, shop at department stores. They have a much wider selection because they need to cater to a large audience (and also because their larger physical space means they have room to display more pieces). You can also try a store that focuses more on vintage-inspired or bohemian fashion, such as Anthropologie, because the color palettes there tend more towards the earth tones.
Now onto answering the original question. My immediate thought when I read this question was that bronze would be the perfect party color. It is earthier and more subdued than gold or silver, but it is still in the metallic family so you have a bit of shine. Plus, the great thing is that bronze comes in many variations as some lean more towards rust red and others to chocolate brown.
If bronze still feels too glitzy for your tastes, instead focus on the fabric. Taupe or olive green may not seem like party colors, but if your dress is made of flowing silk or delicate lace you will look appropriately dressed. For the holiday season I absolutely love jacquard and flocked fabrics because the texture adds visual interest and since they are thicker fabrics, they feel seasonal.
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A statement skirt is an incredibly versatile piece that can be dressed up or down depending on the top and accessories. The skirt looks festive, yet understated when paired with a long sleeve tee or a sweater, but is perfect for a glam night out when worn with a silk blouse and heels. Lace, sequin, or metallic jacquard are all ideal for a holiday skirt. If you are not a fan of skirts, patterned ankle pants (lace, jacquard, or flocked fabrics are especially nice this time of year) can substitute for a statement skirt in most outfits.
Another great way to add some sparkle to your outfit is with an embellished sweater or top. Paired with dark denim and heels, this is the perfect look for a night at a trendy bar. You can also pair it with a simple black skirt for a dinner party. There are many options for embellished tops, from the minimally detailed to the fully decked out so you can find one you love in your style comfort zone.
One accessory that should be in every woman's closet is a metallic belt. This is an easy addition of glitz to nearly any outfit. Wear it with a dress to add definition to your waist or with denim to make your outfit feel more polished. However, a little goes a long way so choose a narrow style, no more than one inch wide.
No closet is complete without a fabulous holiday dress. Most of you already have a go-to Little Black Dress that you rely on when you need to get dressed up, but a true party dress is just as important. You may only wear it once or twice a year, but this piece should be a showstopper that you feel fantastic in. The rich jewel tones are pretty much always in style during the cold weather months so if you are looking for a dress with staying power, stay within that color palette. I personally prefer a dress with a fuller skirt because I love the way it moves, but there are plenty of party dresses available in a slimmer fit.
Today is the second birthday of practically stylish! It has grown more than I ever expected and I am incredibly grateful that each of you take the time to visit this site. I know that there is no shortage of content for you to read, so your support inspires me to work hard to continue to make this blog worth your time.
As some of you know, I started practically stylish after my sister got a compliment on her outfit at work. At that time I had been shopping for her, and the week before the compliment I had attached style guides to each the new piece of clothing that I picked up for her. The style guides had three outfit ideas--work, casual, and dressy-- as well as color pairing suggestions. If you browse through my blog archives, you will notice that my early posts follow that same format. The first outfit that my sister tried from the style guides included a very bright citrine top paired with a navy and white polka dot scarf. It was a bolder and brighter combination than she was used to, but that morning a female colleague stopped her, exclaimed how great my sister looked, and wished that she could also have someone help to dress her. And the idea for practically stylish was born.
I never expected that my readership would grow beyond a handful of people. Now one of my favorite things is running into old friends and hearing that they love the blog and passed it on to their friends and coworkers. A practical approach to style may not create the most glamorous posts, but you lovely readers have shown me that it is appreciated. Thank you very much for all your support.
I have exciting plans for the third year of practically stylish so I hope you will stick around. As always, please feel free to contact me with any comments, questions, or suggestions. I want to make this blog a helpful resource to those who read it and your feedback makes that possible. I'm available by email, on social media, and in the comment section of my posts. I can't wait to hear from you and to start another year on this project!
I hope that you have a wonderful Valentine's Day, no matter how you are celebrating. I wish that I could send cards to each of you, but since that's not feasible, here are some virtual candy hearts to let you know how wonderful I think all of you are: