Thanksgiving brings with it a lot of stress, especially if you’re the one cooking, but one thing you shouldn’t be worried about is your Thanksgiving outfit.
To save you a bit of frustration down the line, I’m going to cover a variety of Thanksgiving outfits that are appropriate for the holiday, from casual to dressy. Whether you’ll be frolicking in the leaves, stuck in the kitchen, or are headed to a big family affair or just to a friend’s house, I’ve got you covered. Getting dressed has never been so easy, especially if you put a little thought into it now. (And don’t forget to leave a little wiggle room in whatever you wear to accommodate the feast of the holiday!)
Cute Thanksgiving Outfits
If you’re wondering what to wear for Thanksgiving, read on!
Casual Thanksgiving Outfits
When it comes to casual Thanksgiving dress, opt for pants. I, personally, like jeans with just a hint of stretch, but fall always reminds of me corduroy. While you can opt for a nice dark-wash denim, both jeans and corduroy pants come in a variety of colors that are appropriate for the season: warm beige, chocolate brown, hunter green, and rust. Why not up the color factor with something fun in your Thanksgiving outfit?
You’ll want to add some layers to those pants, given the chill factor in most parts of the country this time of year. Depending on the temperature, you can opt for a turtleneck, button-down Oxford shirt, or long-sleeved t-shirt for your first layer. Top it off with a sweater or a vest. You can choose a pullover in either a crewneck or V-neck, a short or long cardigan (with or without buttons), or a vest.
If you’d rather, you can forego the sweater and rock a moto jacket, utility jacket, or a blazer. Top it all off with some panache—maybe a scarf, fun hat, or piece of statement jewelry—for a cute Thanksgiving outfit.
Jeans + Pretty Sweater + Boots + Scarf (optional) = Casual Thanksgiving look
Dressy Casual Thanksgiving Outfits
Let’s just start by saying there are no jeans allowed in dressy casual Thanksgiving outfits. This dress code calls for a nice pair of trousers or a skirt. I personally prefer trousers because skirts and dresses tend to err more on the side of dressier, but your closet (and your family) will dictate what is best for your Thanksgiving outfit.
For trousers, really anything in a nice black, brown, gray, burgundy, or blue would look great. You can stick with a solid color or go with a small pinstripe, and keep the hem full length (with or without cuff, straight or wide leg) or cropped at the ankle. Generally a nice mid-rise works the best, but don’t discount a high-rise pant which looks great on tall ladies. (The reason you see cropped trousers in these examples is because I prefer them. I feel like they make me look taller and I get to show off my shoes.)
If you choose to do a skirt for your Thanksgiving outfit, stick with similar colors as the pants above, but you could also add a nice plaid if you so choose. The hemline can start a few inches above the knee and go to midi length, especially this time of year.
You can pair the pants or skirt with a nice sweater (turtleneck or pullover), silk blouse, or button-down Oxford. You can even wear a simple solid T-shirt with a glitzy necklace like I did in Image #9.
Stick to heels, heeled boots or booties, or a fancy pair of embellished flats to keep with the dressy casual vibe of your outfit. Speaking of embellishments, this is dressy casual, so you can rock a statement piece of jewelry or keep it simple with classic pieces…your choice.
If you would like, you can also wear a blazer over the look. You’re already wearing nice pants so add a nice black top to match and you’re set.
Trousers + Pretty Sweater or Shirt + Heels + Jewelry (optional) = Dressy Casual Thanksgiving Look
Dressy Thanksgiving Outfits
When you must, or want to, dress to the nines for your Thanksgiving holiday, don’t hold back. Remember, you can never be overdressed, so take advantage of that fact and put together something amazing.
Dresses tend to be your best option when going dressy, but a pair of dark silk, wool or linen trousers with the right top, a pair of spectacular heels, and some good jewelry can be just as impressive for a Thanksgiving outfit.
In each of the examples I’m wearing a dress. They each have a different style and color but the one thing they have in common is that they are fabulous. It might be the cut of the dress, some strategically placed cutouts, the embellishments, or the material itself that makes it have a “wow” factor. Lengths can start a few inches above the knee and go to just below the knee.
If you’re going for pants, they should be high quality, tailored, in solid black, with the leg either straight or cropped. (You might be able to get away with a dark charcoal gray or a winter white as well.) Starting with this neutral base gives you the leeway to go a bit upscale elsewhere: an embellished, print, or lace top, or a long-sleeve organza blouse with oversized bow would be perfect. Or try a silk tank with a statement necklace.
Needless to say, dressy Thanksgiving outfits require heels. Pumps, peep-toe, slingbacks or, if the weather allows, dressy sandals. They can be solid in color, a print (note my floral pumps!) or have embellishments. Whatever you do, own the look and wear it proudly!
Dress + Gorgeous Heels + Coordinating Accessories = Dressy Thanksgiving Look
If you need advice, help on putting together an outfit, or I missed your Thanksgiving scenario let me know in the comments or send me an email! I hope these cute Thanksgiving outfits give you some ideas on what to wear. If you need some ideas on general fall outfits make sure to check out all my fall looks.
I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving!
PS: I’m spending my Thanksgiving in Rome. I’m sending lots of love to you from Europe. I hope you have a wonderful holiday and eat lots of turkey.