What to Wear to Thanksgiving

Easter is all about pastels, Christmas calls for all things plaid, and New Year’s Eve simply isn’t special without sparkles. But Thanksgiving? It’s easy to get stumped on what to wear to Thanksgiving. If you are cooking you don’t want to mess up one of your favorite outfits, and if you are attending a Thanksgiving dinner hosted by an amazing cook, you want to wear something that will let you eat seconds (and thirds) without a button flying across the room. So I called on Meghann VanderBaan of MVB style to share some tips on What to Wear to Thanksgiving:

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Avoid Bell Sleeves

Bell sleeves are pretty and all, but you’ll set yourself on fire stirring gravy when your beautiful billowing sleeves brush over the flame…and they make passing the potatoes a total mess. Try a more subtle balloon sleeve instead.This affordable blouse and this ribbed sweater and have sleeves that stay put. And the inexpensive price tags mean you won’t cry if you dribble cranberry sauce down the front. 

Treat Your Feet

Even if you aren’t hosting the Thanksgiving fete’, you will most likely be on your feet chasing after kids, mingling with family and friends, and maybe even taking a pre or post-dinner walk. So leave the spiked heels at home and instead bust out comfy loafers and booties when planning what to wear to Thanksgiving. Even if your outfit is simple, including a leopard print shoe takes it from drab to fab.

Remember that High Waists Are Your Friend

As most moms know, high waisted pants are a must for everyone’s closet. Not only do they hold in troublesome areas, but they also make you look more pulled together when paired with the right top. Here’s how I styled velvet high waisted pants for a casual, feminine, and sparkly Thanksgiving look:

Look One: Black Velvet Pants, Pink Lace Top (SOLD OUT–similar here), Black Booties, Wrap Bracelet, Statement Earrings

Look Two: Black Velvet Pants, White T-shirt, Leopard Cardigan, Pink Mules, Black Headband, Layered Necklaces

Look Three: Black Velvet Pants, Sequined Sweater, Stud Earrings, Leopard Mules

Dress in Layers

One minute you’re freezing at the dinner table, the next you are sweating while washing dishes. Heck, you might even get suckered into a game of football. So when planning what to wear to Thanksgiving, pick something that you can easily remove like this gorgeous jacket.

Pick a Cozy Dress

If you must wear a dress, make it feel like a huge hug. This sweater dress can be worn now with tights and later with knee boots. Belt it after your New Year’s Resolutions kick in.

Embrace Pumpkin and Cranberry Colored Clothing

Even though there is snow on the ground, it is still Autumn. So break out your favorite Fall hued clothing for the most popular meal of the year. This steal of a sweater has all of the fall colors represented and it’s long enough to pair with stretchy leggings.

Here are three different ways to style this striped sweater from Evereve, whether you are going for a fun, classic, or comfortable Thanksgiving look:

Break out the Elastic Waist Pants

In our house, Thanksgiving is a day full of cooking, eating, drinking and lounging…and napping. Do yourself a favor and don’t even pretend that your jeans will button by the end of the night. Try these comfy and affordable leggings instead. Bonus: After Thanksgiving, you can wear them to the gym.

Add Some Sparkle

While Thanksgiving isn’t as glam as Christmas or New Year’s Eve, that doesn’t mean that you can’t add a little extra sparkle to your outfit. Try a pearl headband, statement earrings, or even a cocktail ring to add a bit more pizzazz to your outfit.

Here’s to hoping that these tips will make you feel comfortable, stylish, and confident when you head to Thanksgiving this year. For other Thanksgiving tips, including foolproof recipes and what to do over break, click here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Amanda and Meghann

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