Happy November, friends! It’s hard to believe, but Halloween has come and gone, and Thanksgiving is less than a month away.
While what to wear for Turkey Day isn’t nearly as important as what’s on the menu, it’s still worth putting some thought into, so today I’m rounding up 15 Thanksgiving outfit ideas for your style inspiration.
Thanksgiving outfits are a funny thing. People have all different kinds of requirements and all different types of dress codes. Some of you dress up and go out to eat, some of you are in the kitchen, some make the rounds of various family groups throughout the day, some of you stay at home in pajamas… and on it goes.
Plus, depending on your area of the country, it could be anywhere from 10 to 98 degrees on Thanksgiving Day. So yeah, one Thanksgiving Day outfit isn’t going to make you all happy. A roundup of 15 Thanksgiving Day outfits probably won’t make everybody happy, either, but I’m going to give it a shot!
15 Thanksgiving Day Outfit Ideas
#1. If you’re hot-natured… or live in a warm climate, a short-sleeve poncho is perfect for Thanksgiving. You can eat all you want and not worry about it getting tight. (Pair it with your stretchiest jeans, of course!) My ochre color was in stock again when I started putting this post together, but I see inventory has once again been depleted. Here’s another option, and it’s 30% off with code FEELGOOD.
#2. If you’re going to be cooking… a cardigan over a t-shirt and jeans or pants provides the most versatility. You can take the cardigan off while you’re working in the kitchen, and throw it on when your guests arrive, or when you sit down to eat. Same goes for the shoes. Wear something comfortable all day, and switch into boots or heels for dinner. Or ditch the heeled booties altogether. When I’m hosting, I usually wear slippers or flats.
#3. For casual at-home gatherings with close family or friends… you can’t go wrong with jeans and a pullover in a festive fall color.
#4. Here’s a similar look with a waffle knit top. It’s a lighter weight for those in warmer climates (or in warm kitchens.)
#5. If you’re going out to dinner…. I love the way the plaid coat levels up this simple look, and you can swap the mules for booties if it’s cold.
#6. Here’s a similar outfit for a more casual venue. It’s the same sweater with blue jeans and flats, topped off with a caramel-colored leather jacket. These jeans are very comfortable, and the leopard print loafer adds a nice pop of pattern and texture.
I would remove the jacket when inside. Here’s how that looks. I can’t say enough good things about this sweater. It’s such a good fall/winter basic, and a great value for Vince at 40% off.
#7. And this is a similar look for a warmer climate… A blouse replaces the sweater, and open toe shoes are an option, if you prefer.
Throw a sleek blazer on top to elevate the look, and for extra warmth, if needed.
#8. If jeans are too casual for your dinner venue…. I’ve also worn this outfit with skinny pants and strappy sandals.
#9. Here’s another look with black pants… I love camel and black together. It’s always sophisticated and has a way of looking more expensive than it is.
#10. And this is a similar outfit with a camel turtleneck and snake print pumps. Leopard pumps also work well with this color combo, and of course flats are an option if you don’t do heels.
#11. A sweater dress is always a good option for Thanksgiving dinner… It’s classy, and it allows you to eat as much as you want in supreme comfort! This is a more elevated look with a black sweater dress and snake print pumps. I added a metallic statement necklace for interest. Unfortunately, everything here is sold out, but it’s easy to recreate a similar outfit.
Here’s the same dress in a pretty russet color. It’s from last year, so no longer available, but I did find this one. In fact, I just ordered it! I like both the Rich Russet and the Forest Night for Thanksgiving. You can always add tights if you need warmth, and while I love a knee-high boot with a sweater dress, ankle boots are an option if you want a more modern look.
#12. For a casual look with pants that aren’t jeans… Try an olive cargo pant. I’m having trouble sourcing similar pieces for these looks, but perhaps you can shop your closet and come up with a good variation on this basic outfit formula.
#13. For those who love their leggings… I don’t usually wear leggings, but they’re definitely one of the most comfortable options for a holiday involving a big meal. Go monochromatic for an elevated look. Faux leather leggings are the chicest choice, by far, and they’re very on trend right now. But any non-workout leggings will work. Just make sure they’re thick and not see-through.
I’m wearing leather boots with this look, but if you’re wearing faux leather leggings, go for a suede boot. Having a variety of textures is important in a monochromatic outfit. Also be sure to wear a piece of statement jewelry to give the outfit a focal point. In this case, I went with a pair of statement earrings. I also love that croc embossed bag, but it’s old and no longer available.
#14. If you don’t plan to leave your house all day… There’s no shame in being comfy, especially if you’re at home with your family all day. A cozy pullover and joggers might be just what the doctor ordered!
#15. What I actually wore last year for Thanksgiving Day… We stayed home alone for the first time ever due to Covid. At least, it was the first time since the Thanksgiving of 1999 when I was recovering from having D.
We ate dinner by ourselves, but we had friends over that evening for dessert and games. I just couldn’t bring myself to spend the day in joggers and a pullover, so I wore a jeans and a sweater tee and added a statement bracelet. I love these studded flats, but they’re sold out, and an animal print would have really leveled up this look.
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