One week until Thanksgiving! For many of us, Thanksgiving involves dressing up, gathering with friends and family, and enjoying copious amounts of food. Fancy clothes are often too constricting to be able to completely enjoy such a large meal, but that doesn't mean that we have to wear sweatpants in order to indulge in a second (or third) slice of pie.
When choosing a Thanksgiving ensemble, look for soft, stretchy fabrics in styles that won't require constant adjustments. I also suggest avoiding items with lots of fasteners; buttons, zippers, and snaps can be irritating when you are sitting for long periods of time. If your family spends lots of time sitting around the table chatting after the meal, buttons on the cuff of your sleeve or bracelets will start to dig in if you rest your wrists on the table. Although I am usually a huge proponent of accessorizing, they can be a little cumbersome during an extended dinner. After all, you don't want the ends of your scarf trailing through the gravy boat! Instead, add visual interest with fun patterns and bright colors. Just stay away from white shirts unless you want cranberry sauce stains to be the statement piece of your look.
The first option for a Thanksgiving outfit is a knit or ponte dress that flares out at the waist. This creates a flattering hourglass figure and since it is not form fitting, you can leave the shapewear at home. A ponte dress is almost as comfortable as yoga pants and way more stylish. Accessorize with a bright shoe and fun piece of jewelry or a scarf. A skinny belt around the waist is always a great addition, but be prepared to let it out a notch after dinner.
A bright ponte pencil skirt is another comfortable way to add holiday cheer to your look. Pair with a lightweight merino wool sweater and a pair of textured tights. I love a great pattern like dots or chevron. I love a bright color in the skirt because the rest of your outfit can be neutral. If you feel more comfortable in a black or grey skirt, then add your pop of color in the sweater. Add a simple necklace and a great pair of shoes to finish off your look.
If you don't want to wear a sweater or other form fitting top, look for a silky tunic with a great design. Either tuck it into a pencil skirt or leave it untucked over a pair of slim fitting pants. Add a cardigan to cover your arms for warmth.
Although bright reds, emerald greens, and rich purples are great holiday colors, don't feel limited to them. Choose a color that you love even if it isn't a traditional choice for the season, such as teal.
If you decide to wear pants on Thanksgiving, my main piece of advice is to look for a pair that is side-zip since that will minimize zipper discomfort after eating a large meal. I love an ankle pant paired back to a cozy sweater and a fun pair of heels. A subtle pattern is also a great way to add pizzazz to the your holiday outfit.
To add structure to your look, add a blazer or jacket instead of a cardigan. Leave it open to show off the layers underneath and to frame a fun pendant necklace.
The best part of Thanksgiving is being able to spend the day with friends and family so it is important that what you wear provides all day comfort. Skip the starched shirts and add some stretch to your holiday wear. You'll be comfortable for all the activities the day has to offer, from watching the Thanksgiving Day parade and football game on television to the last bite of pie.
What are you planning to wear to your Thanksgiving dinner and festivities? Share your holiday inspiration in the comments!