Football, Movies & Big Dinners: Our Guide to Dressing For Thanksgiving

31st Oct 2019

A cute Thanksgiving outfit can make the occasion even more festive. Putting together a fab outfit for a holiday with your friends and family should be fun. PLB hopes to help with that. We're taking all the guesswork out of wondering what to wear to Thanksgiving dinner. Regardless of your aesthetic, we have outfit inspiration that will spark the fashion queen inside of you.

Fall Chic, Food-Friendly, and Functional

woman in paper bag waist jeans

A polished but practical ensemble isn't too much to ask for, and you don't even need the big end of the wishbone to fulfill your desire. A cute Thanksgiving outfit can still be simple and, more importantly, appropriate for the occasion. Whether your day involves spending hours in the kitchen whipping up a feast, rooting for your favorite team, or vegging on the couch watching all your favorite holiday specials, you want to feel comfortable and look chic.

Fall fashion is your answer. We're fans of paper bag waist pants for the occasion because they give you room to breathe without forcing you to pop a button before the pumpkin pie. Top it off with a cheeky graphic sweatshirt or a thin sweater layered beneath your favorite flannel button-up. Earn extra style points with a fall-friendly color palette that includes shades of gold, orange, and tan.

A Beatnik Thanksgiving

young woman wearing a black mockneck

You can stop worrying about what to wear to Thanksgiving dinner with this color scheme. All black is always the perfect choice. It's slimming, which is just what you want from your outfit on a day dedicated to eating until you go into a food coma. It's forgiving in another way, as well: it's almost impossible to stain. You won't have to cry over spilled gravy!

How you piece together your black ensemble is up to you, but PLB suggests the beatnik approach. You can leave the beret at home (you're welcome), but the rest of the style is a win. Black  skinny jeans, leggings, or fitted trousers anchor the outfit. Choose bottoms with a bit of stretch to be on the safe side. Turtlenecks are a trademark of the aesthetic, but it just so happens that mock necks are the standouts of the season. Throw on a black mock neck in a design that fits you to a T. Will it be a pullover or a soft sweater?

Drama From Head to Toe

focus on an animal print midi skirt

Do you enjoy dressing up for the holiday? Cute Thanksgiving outfits with a formal flair are easy to come by. This year, opt for a subtle retro twist. Midi skirts are everywhere, both on the runway and in the streets. They're more formal than maxi skirts and pencil skirts by design. Add some pleats or a rich, jewel-toned color palette, and you've got a fantastically fancy stunner.

Balance out a fabulous skirt with an understated top. A pullover sweater is all you need, although a  bodysuit will do the trick, too. You need something form-fitting that you can tuck into your skirt. This type of outfit works best with a monochromatic color scheme. Think burgundy, hunter green, or midnight blue.

Off-Duty Casual

woman wearing an orange grey cardigan

You don't have to be Gigi Hadid to pull off a fierce off-duty outfit. You can, however, take some fashion advice from your style icons as you plan what to wear to Thanksgiving dinner. If the feast isn't a formal function at your house, then casual attire is the way to go. Don't show up in joggers or sweatpants, but feel free to wear your favorite jeans. The secret is to wear a fabulous top. You can still take the casual approach, but you need a statement piece, such as a duster cardigan over your tee shirt or a boldly patterned button-down.

A Dress That Forgives

woman in a loose-fitting brown dress

Have you considered a one-and-done option as your cute Thanksgiving outfit? Jumpers and rompers aren't quite right for the occasion because getting out of them quickly is impossible. In contrast, a dress is easy-breezy. Avoid going over-the-top.  Loose-fitting frocks are the smartest picks. Think about a wrap dress, for example, a fall-friendly maxi dress, or an on-trend shirt dress.

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