What to Wear for Thanksgiving Dinner

By Marcella Kukulka

Why is it that once Halloween is over everybody dismisses Thanksgiving and starts preparing for Christmas? Thanksgiving is an amazing holiday where friends and family are brought together, beautiful decorations are laid out around the house, and candles fill the air with autumnal aromas. Above all, Thanksgiving is a time to take off your belt buckle and eat as much turkey and stuffing as humanly possible. It can be difficult trying to find an outfit that will impress the boy next door while hiding your growing food baby. To help you out, The Avenue has put together 3 different ensembles that will keep you looking both cute and comfortable all night long!

Refined and Festive

Now that the ‘70s revival is here, you can get out those beautiful bibbed blouses your mom has been harboring away in the attic for years. With thin pleats and a high ruffled collar, this shirt will be giving off serious “first colonist” vibes but with a modern flair. To liven up the look a bit, add a seasonally colored (deep reds, browns, or purples) A-line skirt which will accentuate your waistline while you feel like nothing but a marshmallow. Always trendy during the fall, add some suede accessories, like the ever so popular lace-up flats and a small handbag. When looking for outfit pieces, remember to stay within the fall leaf color palette - these colors will keep you looking soft and sweet.

Ann Taylor - Pleated Bib Blouse (White, $89.50)

Ann Taylor - Side Pocket Skirt (Vine Jacquard, $89.00)

Steve Madden - Sunshine (Sand Suede, $69.95)

Zaful - Shoulder Bag (Brown, $21.99)

Boho-Country Chic

The best part about wearing a flowy dress for Thanksgiving is that you have nothing restricting you from eating the fantastic feast on your plate. Also, when it starts to get late you can just cuddle up on the couch without having to change out of an uncomfortable outfit. A current trend we suggest trying is wearing a drop-waist dress in a seasonal print (leaves, feathers, etc.) so that there is still a bit of structure without constricting your stomach. Another benefit of wearing a dress is that it can easily be dressed up by accessories. Add a nice hat to guard you from the cold, and pair of bold earrings that grab attention. To finish off the look add a pair of cute suede heeled booties and a coordinating handbag.

Madewell - Drop-Waist Dress (Leaf Print, $168)

Lucky Brand - Bashina Perforated Bootie ($96.90)

Chloé - Medium Marcie Satchel (Suede, $2350)

ASOS - Black Hat ($31)

Target - Open Leaf Dangle Earrings (Gold, $8)

Fashion and Garfunkel

Whip out that thick turtleneck sweater, some contrasting high-waisted culotte pants and you will be channeling a feminine version of Simon and Garfunkel. The idea of this outfit is to keep the clothing plain and let the accessories do the talking! Adding a statement piece, like the bag listed below from Zaful, is a great way to strike conversation with people who are interested in your style. While the bag features a lot of colors, the black outlines will tied everything together, and paired with some black loafers you will achieve the perfect 60s-esque look.

Zara - Turtle Neck Sweater (Green, $29.90)

Club Monaco - Christobelle Pant (Burgundy, $198.50)

Madewell - Elinor Loafer (True Black Leather, $158)

Zaful - Color Splicing Patchwork Crossbody ($24.49)