What To Wear For Thanksgiving Dinner

Hello, Darlings!

Today we are going to talk about what to wear for Thanksgiving dinner. First and most importantly, do not wait till the last minute to plan your outfit. Let’s think ahead and have an outfit or several options so you look good and feel good for the holiday.

What to wear for Thanksgiving dinner

What To Wear For Thanksgiving Dinner

What To Wear For Thanksgiving Dinner

**This post contains affiliate links. When you shop through my links, it helps support my website (at no additional cost to you), so thank you

What To Wear For Thanksgiving Dinner-Comfort Is Key

If you have gone through your closet and updated your basics you should already have an idea of how you can put together an outfit for the day. Couple of things you need to keep in mind is

  • Do you have to travel?
  • The venue (more casual/more dressy)
  • Are you going to be taking holiday pics?
  • Are you the cook?
  • Most important- weather and venue

Most Thanksgiving meals are held indoors, but you still may venture outdoors so layering for comfort is key. Nothing too hot/heavy and NOTHING binding.

Start With The Bottoms

Ponte knit pants are KING of comfort. Pick some with expandable waistband and forgot the Spanx. Black/dark denim jeans (love my Wit & Wisdom lots of stretch) are also another option. Black is good for not only a slimming effect but it doesn’t show stains if you are the cook.

What to wear for Thanksgiving Dinner- comfortable pants! My favorite are the Wit & Wisdom Itty Bitty Bootcut jeans from Nordstrom
Wit & Wisdom jeans are flattering and can be dressed up or down. Comes in black and dark denim

For more help shopping for pants, check out Wardrobe Basics- Perfect Pair of Black Pants

Add A Top

According to your climate, this top can be a cami, tank, short sleeve or long sleeve. Whatever you choose, it needs to be something that will look good on its own. Look for a top with flattering necklines such as v-neck, drape, cowl, or scoop. If your sweater layer is a solid color, you can choose a print for added interest. Another suggestion is to add a solid color in a complementary color or black. Stay away from white or cream (food accidents) Your chosen sweater is a pattern, then leave the top solid, pulling out one of the colors in the sweater.

My favorite top is the Ribbed Pima V-Neck Tee from Talbots.  Love how the material hangs (not too clingy)
My favorite top is the Ribbed Pima V-Neck Tee from Talbots. Love how the material hangs (not too clingy)

Also, think about the material. Avoid silks (again… food accidents) or any top that is tight and binding. Cotton, cotton blends, polyester, rayons are all good choices

For a dressier option, try this Faux-Wrap Crepe Top.  Add FABULOUS accessories and wear with your ponte knit pants.
For a dressier option, try this Faux-Wrap Crepe Top. Add FABULOUS accessories and wear with your ponte knit pants.

**All Talbots tops are 30% off with promo code -YAY30 and with Rakuten, you get an additional 2% back in cash.

Add Additional Layer Of Sweater

 When choosing your sweater think comfort.  If you are going to be dining inside you do not want to be too hot.

Finally, Sweater Weather! Now, this is important….. When choosing your sweater think comfort. If you are going to be dining inside you do not want to be too hot. Lots of family members, along with cooking, and indoor heating or fireplace and the room gets hot quick. A thinner sweater that you can wear comfortably is better. If you go outside you can always put on a coat or jacket. Avoid bulky ponchos, ruanas as they are hard to eat in.

Shop For Sweaters From Target

Target has a great selection of fall colored sweaters instore and online. Use your RED card for additional savings. The long duster style in the “in style” of the season. If you are petite, you can still wear it, just make sure you create that “column of color” with top/pant/shoes all solid color to make you look taller.

Other choices include lighter weight vegan jacket or blazer can be a good choice for layering.

Other choices include lighter weight vegan jacket or blazer can be a good choice for layering. This jacket info is in Vegan Suede Moto Jacket By Peach

This blazer is "leveled up" with a necklace. Notice how I rolled the sleeves to 3/4 length.  This is perfect for eating.
This blazer is “leveled up” with a necklace. Notice how I rolled the sleeves to 3/4 length. This is perfect for eating.

Vest Is Another Option For Layering

This leather and shearling collar vest is very fall but also lightweight.  Gives a layered look without the bulk of a sweater.  Paired with jeans, it is perfect for our more casual Thanksgiving at the lake
This leather and shearling collar vest is very fall but also lightweight. Gives a layered look without the bulk of a sweater. Paired with jeans, it is perfect for our more casual Thanksgiving at the lake

I love the vest. They are not bulky and can add interest and layers to an outfit. When choosing one for Thanksgiving, stay away from faux fur that can shed. Choose lighter weight vegan faux leathers/suedes or even a quilted vest. There are great crochet vests out on the market too.

I love the vest. They are not bulky and can add interest and layers to an outfit. When choosing one for Thanksgiving, stay away from faux fur that can shed.

Accessorize With Scarf Or Statement Jewelry

Large bulky scarves are not easy to eat in.  Go for a scarf that is thinner weight and hangs versus a lot of material at your throat. This lightweight infinity scarf is from Cat
This lighter weight infinity scarf hangs down and almost creates a cowl neck look.

Now let’s punch the outfit up with accessories. Large bulky scarves are not easy to eat in. Go for a scarf that is thinner weight and hangs versus a lot of material at your throat. This lightweight infinity scarf is from Cato

Add jewelry such as a statement necklace and earrings to complete the look and level up an outfit.
Add jewelry such as a statement necklace and earrings to complete the look and level up an outfit.

A better choice would be to “level up” your outfit with statement jewelry. Multi-layer necklaces are really popular this season, or even a statement necklace to draw attention up to your face. Don’t forget the Rule Of 3’s for accessorizing, choose earrings and a bracelet/watch to complete the look.

This ruana works because it is lightweight and shorter sleeves.  I added a black v-neck long sleeve top with a statement necklace.

This ruana works because it is lightweight and shorter sleeves. I added a black v-neck long sleeve top with a statement necklace.

Think About Your Shoes

Again, comfort is key. Chose shoes for comfort, booties or flat shoes are a better choice than heels. If you are short, black shoes to match your pants will make you look taller. If you are taller, you can have fun with your shoes.

My favorite booties are Blondo Villa Waterproof Booties.  Zappos carries them (shipped by Amazon) so you can get them quickly.

My favorite booties are Blondo Villa Waterproof Booties. Zappos carries them (shipped by Amazon) so you can get them quickly. My daughter just got them in Mushroom Suede

Blondo Villa Waterproof Booties in Mushroom Suede

What To Wear For Thanksgiving Dinner

If you have been following me and have done your wardrobe check, you should have several options. Remember the Formula For Easy Fall Outfits, level up your accessories if your meal is more formal. Ultimately, comfort is key- stretch pants, no Spanx, and nothing binding or that will show stains.

You want to enjoy the time with your family and friends by feeling good about yourself and comfortable. No last-minute crying in the closet because you have nothing to wear (been there… done that..)plan your outfit TODAY!!! Order anything you need to complete your look.

About Nifty 50 Fabulous

Embracing and loving the life of an empty nester, I am a fashion and lifestyle blogger currently living in Birmingham, Al. I enjoy spending my time with friends and family including my sweet miniature schnauzers Gracie and Emma.

4 thoughts on “What To Wear For Thanksgiving Dinner

  1. Wow! Great post! Thank you for all the ideas! The good news, its at a relative’s house this year, so I am just bringing a dish and helping cook when I get there 🙂 Liking the light layers idea. I’m thinking lightweight cardigan 🙂

    1. My outfit for this year is a lighter weight cardigan that I can take off it is hot or leave on. I trying to add some fall colors to my wardrobe this year. Next is planning the all-important Christmas card pic

    1. I do love my fuzzy vest. When I wear it I always have people who come up to me and “pet” me. Is a little weird at church but I am used to it. I am looking for a snake print top to wear under it. Saw a lady at a dinner party with one on and was coveting it. Hers was sold out.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *