Thanksgiving Outfit Idea

Do you dress up for Thanksgiving or keep it casual?

We’ve always taken the casual route, but I like to wear something a little bit special just for fun and because I can. Often my version of “special” is to throw on a pair of pumps with a sweater and jeans. I like the juxtaposition of casual and dressy, and heels have a way of making an ordinary outfit feel festive.

Today I’m partnering with Payless to bring you a dressed-up casual outfit that is the type of look I typically go for when I’m a guest on Thanksgiving Day. And be sure to read all the way to the end, because there’s a $100 Payless Gift Card Giveaway at the end of this post!!!

Thanksgiving Outfit Idea: oatmeal textured sweater with bootcut jeans and cognac suede pumps

Lest you think I spend all day cooking in high heels, I should mention that we are usually guests for Thanksgiving. Believe it or not, I’m 44 years old and I’ve never actually cooked a Thanksgiving dinner. We’ve always gone to one of our parents’ homes for Turkey Day, or more recently, Paul’s brother and sister-in-law host. They’re local, and they always throw a great party. If we travel to Virginia to stay with my parents for the Thanksgiving weekend, then I usually wear flats because I’m helping in the kitchen all day; but when I’m a guest for Thanksgiving, this is the type of outfit I like to wear.

If you are in the kitchen all day, you may want to take a few minutes to freshen up before dinner and swap out your sneakers for a pair of pumps so you don’t feel harried as you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, but I realize that may be easier said than done. Whatever makes you feel festive, go for it!

Thanksgiving Outfit Idea: oatmeal textured sweater with bootcut jeans and cognac suede pumps

When I went to Payless to shop for this post, I was immediately drawn to these cognac sueded pumps. I have a hard time finding pumps I can walk comfortably in, so I was pleasantly surprised when these fit me like Cinderella’s glass slipper. They come in a range of sizes, including wide width options.

Payless is doing a great job of providing stylish, comfortable shoes that are also budget-friendly. These retail for $34.99, and right now you can get an extra 20% off with the code ZZDEALZ.

Thanksgiving Outfit Idea featuring Payless cognac sueded pumps

They are super comfortable and easy to walk in, and I love the styling with the rounded toe and block heel. It is a 3½-inch heel, which is perfect for me. Any higher, and I have trouble walking in them, but these are perfect. Plus, the color just screams Thanksgiving, doesn’t it? If you are looking for a different color, they also come in red and black.

Thanksgiving Outfit Idea featuring Payless cognac suede pumps

In most cases, I look for shoes to go with my outfit, but this time the shoes inspired the outfit. As soon as I saw these, I knew I wanted to go with neutrals, and I love how cognac looks with denim, so I came right home and went online to find a neutral sweater to pair with jeans.

Thanksgiving Outfit Idea: oatmeal textured sweater with bootcut jeans and cognac suede pumps

I ordered a few, but I hit the jackpot with this oatmeal-colored textured sweater. I love the detail in the knit, and it has a slight A-line shape to it, making it perfect for a holiday when you want to enjoy all the good eats. After all, nobody wants to wear body conscious clothing on Thanksgiving, can I get an amen?

Thanksgiving Outfit Idea: oatmeal textured sweater with bootcut jeans

These jeans are comfortable too. They have a lot of stretch to them, so I don’t have to worry about feeling constricted as the day goes on.

Thanksgiving Outfit Idea: oatmeal textured sweater with bootcut jeans and cognac suede pumps

I also tried this outfit with skinny jeans, but I decided that I prefer the way the boot-cut balances out the shape of the sweater, and since I’ve been wanting to style my bootcut jeans for 25 Days of Winter Fashion, this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Also, bootcut jeans look really good with heels, but here’s a picture of the outfit with skinny jeans to give you an idea.

Thanksgiving Outfit Idea: oatmeal textured sweater with skinny jeans and cognac suede pumps

These bootcut jeans are by Mavi, and they are almost sold out, but these are similar. For the price, you can’t beat ’em. Somehow Mavi manages to keep the price point under $100 and make premium denim comparable to other more pricey brands.

Thanksgiving Outfit Ideafeaturing Payless cognac sueded pumps

The sweater hangs a little bit longer in the back than in the front, and for size reference, I’m wearing the medium. I also ordered the small to compare, but it was too tight across the chest.

Thanksgiving Outfit Idea

Thanksgiving Outfit Idea: oatmeal textured sweater with bootcut jeans and cognac suede pumps

For jewelry, I stacked on some Alex and Ani bangles, and I added the Stella & Dot Pearl Spike Cuff to my watch hand. My nail polish is CND Oxblood. It’s a great holiday color.

Thanksgiving Outfit Idea featuring bootcut jeans and cognac suede pumps

I tried on a few long pendants, but they seemed to get lost in the texture and pattern of the sweater, so I opted for a pair of statement earrings instead. These were a gift from a friend, and I love them because they don’t get lost in my hair as smaller earrings tend to do.

Thanksgiving Outfit Idea: oatmeal textured sweater with bootcut jeans and cognac suede pumps

Since it’s usually chilly for Thanksgiving here in Philly, I will need a coat over this outfit. A camel reefer coat is the perfect thing. The color works well with the neutrals in this outfit, and it adds a classy touch to the overall look.

Thanksgiving Outfit Idea: wool camel coat over oatmeal textured sweater with bootcut jeans and cognac suede pumps

Now that I have my outfit all ready for Thanksgiving, I just need to figure out what appetizers I’m going to bring! Anyone got a good idea for me??

Thanksgiving Outfit Idea: wool camel coat over oatmeal textured sweater with bootcut jeans and cognac suede pumps

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109 Responses

  1. Love this sweater and jeans combo! My body type is almost identical to yours, so I love seeing things that I normally wouldn’t try being styled on you. Inspires me to be different.
    I just bought the sweater and also a fun mustard colored one that boasts a super soft fabric.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Love, love, love this outfit! I just ordered the sweater. I have boot cut jeans, and similar heels. You look amazing from head to toe! 🙂

  3. I’m a huge fan of Payless—I think they do a great job of having stylish shoes at a great price!!
    I was just thinking I’d wear my flares for the holiday—since they are a tad tight, then maybe I won’t eat as much—ha ha!!
    You look fabulous, Jo-Lynne!! I love the waves in your hair!

  4. You nailed it! Shoes, jeans, sweater, perfect. I occasionally show o e of your styles to the husband. This one he gave a 2 thumbs up, as he’s a jeans guy. Now I have a Thanksgiving Day outfit! I’ve been tossing a few outfits around in my head, but this look is perfect. I love the sweater but the website says online only & unless I’m doing drone delivery, it’s not coming here by tomorrow! I already have a lovely beige cable knit sweater but it has a higher neck, and as I’m a kitchen helper on Thanksgiving Day, I get waay to hot in it. This sweater was the perfect option for me. Wednesday is my errand day, so I’ve one more shot to find something comparable. Maybe I’ll even find a Thanksgiving novelty top instead!

  5. I’ll be wearing a similar outfit with my leopard flats~~I’m cooking! Haha! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

  6. You are so cute! I have always thought a bootcut jean looks the best on you. I know you love your skinnies, but you look great in a bootcut.

    I love being casual on holidays. This is a great look!

  7. Jo-Lynne, I want to order the sweater today, but have one question before I do. On-line I did not see the care instructions, and that is of great interest to me. I hope it does not have to be hand washed! I can handle drying flat.

    This is a great outfit, from head to toe. The boot cut jeans do look so much better to me. Thank you for showing us the two different looks for comparison.

    Make it a blessed day!

    1. Hey Ginger, it suggests online to hand wash, but I have no problem with other AEO sweaters in the front loader on the delicate cycle (and laid flat to dry) so that’s what I’ll do with this. Ain’t nobody got time to hand wash! LOL!

      1. Thank you Jo-Lynne! I just placed my order for the oatmeal color, and ordered two sizes since I’m not sure which one will fit the best.

  8. You look absolutely fabulous in this! You can definitely rock a pair of bootcuts! I wish it was going to be cool enough here Thursday for a sweater, but I think we’re looking at upper 70s, boo.

  9. Love this outfit from head to toe including your coat option! Really, just perfection! And now I am lusting after those shoes even though I really doubt I’d wear them much. 🙂 I do however need some sexy black heels for a holiday party and it looks like Payless has some good options. It would be nice to get a bargain since they are a shoe I won’t wear often.

  10. I really like that coat. Looks really good on you.

    I typically wear an elastic waist band on turkey day 🙂
    That and booties are my go-to

    Happy thanksgiving!

  11. Love the shoes, I ordered them. I have an issue with what to wear on my feet with pumps in the winter. I feet are too white and veiny in the winter to go without stockings. Do you think knee high stockings look terrible? What other options are there for winter time? P.S. I love your emails, look forward to them every day, your adorable.

    1. I hear ya on that. My feet are super white. I don’t think knee-highs are horrible, it depends on your age and how uncomfortable you are with your feet. I would just try to find a pair that look as natural as possible. And thanks for your kind words! 🙂

  12. Awesome look!!! I’m the cook at our house for Thanksgiving, so i’m going to try a little more casual but dressed up look this year!!! Love those pumps!!! Will be purchasing them TODAY!!!

  13. Another classic, winning combo! I love a block heeled shoe, so I really may have to get back to Payless. I bought 3 pair of booties and one lace-up look flat a few weeks back on their BOGO 50% sale. Your jeans, sweater choice, jewelry, and bag are divine. You will look the fabulous-est at your Thanksgiving meal! 😉

  14. Great outfit! I almost always pick my shoes for an outfit first. I love shoes and what I’ll be doing for the day determines what shoes I can/want to wear. Then I decide what I’m in the mood for — is it a leopard flats day or moto boots? Stacked heel boots or pumps? And then I build from there.

  15. Love the outfit! Like the sweater but debating on size. Will figure it out, or by two to make sure!

    For an appetizer suggestion, I love this one below. It’s different, but incredibly yummy and pretty to display. I always end up passing out the recipe after bringing it!

    Raspberry BBQ Appetizer
    8oz cream cheese spread on tray
    3/4 bottle Bronco Bob’s Raspberry Chipotle Sauce (found at nicer grocery in BBQ area)
    14 oz can black beans, drained, rinsed and dried on towels
    1/2 of medium purple onion, finely chopped
    1 cup cashew pieces, finely chopped
    Chopped cilantro, enough to lightly cover top (or to taste)

    Spread cream cheese on tray, Mix sauce, beans, onions and cashews. Pour on top of cream cheese and spread. Sprinkle cilantro on top. Serve with Blue Corn Chips , Frito’s or Breton Mini-round crackers.

  16. What a lovely outfit! Inspires me to bring out my shortcut jeans! Love the shoes, but after this month spending, no more shopping for me????

  17. I love the outfit! I am 41, and I have never made a Thanksgiving dinner. My grandma is 86 and still makes Thanksgiving for about 30 people. She is a huge blessing! I hope I am still in that great of shape when I am her age.

  18. Your outfit is really cute! Love the sweater! I purchased the charcoal turtleneck you styled the other day from Nordstrom and the medium fits perfect! I think I definitely have enough sweaters now!!! Shoes are lovely too with the bootcut jeans. I’m so glad the bootcut and flares are back!!!

  19. I love your outfit and always get a lot of inspiration from your style.

    I plan to wear a lightweight layered chiffon-looking (polyester?) top with a light sweater with black leggings on Thanksgiving. Since I’m home I won’t wear shoes, but when I do go out later will wear black flats. While here I’ll be wearing an apron until everything is cooked. lol

  20. I met you at Julie’s Trading Hope (now Hazel & Deene) trunk show a while ago, but just recently found your blog! <3 your posts!!

  21. Great outfit; loved the shoes! I typically wear jeans and a Cowboys jersey or T-shirt to support my team….How ‘Bout Them Cowboys!!

  22. Love the colors and simple but stylish! You did fabulous job putting together. Love the shoes! I am going for dressy casual this year for attending dinner at my best friends home. Happy Thanksgiving!

  23. Very Nice outfit! I’ve bought two pair of booties this year from Payless. Love their shoes/accessories. Happy Thanksgiving!

  24. Love love love this outfit! This year I will be very casual since we are going to my sister’s and I do a lot of the cooking. Jeans, boots long sleeve t and a vest.

  25. Love the outfit but I could never wear heels that high. I plan on being very casual at Thanksgiving – jeans, sweater and sneakers.

  26. I love this entire outfit so much that I plan to recreate the look for Thanksgiving. I have everything but the shoes…I need to stop by Payless tomorrow! Thanks for the inspiration, I wasn’t sure what to wear and this is just perfect.

  27. I like to dress in fall colors for Thanksgiving. I am planning on wearing a top with beige, orange, green colors in it. Wearing beige pants, and brown flats which are wearing out. hint hint. ha

    Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day!

  28. I’m cooking this year but you inspired me to take a minute and get a pretty top to wear and change out of my slippers for the meal.

    That textured sweater is EXACTLY what I’ve been lookin for, now to just choose between the neutrals and that burgundy!

  29. Love this sweater. I host the Thanksgiving dinner so I’m usually in jeans and tee shirt while I’m cooking. I will try to change into a nicer top before dinner. Love your classic style and I also love Payless shoes. They are very affordable and stylish.

  30. Love the neutral….and the shoes of course…..love me some payless, always new cute shoes at reasonable prices .

  31. Love that sunny wheat color on you! This year we traveled from our blustery cold climate in Michigan to visit my husband’s folks in Florida… I packed but forgot to pack the appropriate shoes… so, I’m debating what to wear for Thanksgiving- the dress I packed is so cute but its just not gonna work with the adidas… or the booties. So, my choices are limited… either I make a stop to pick up shoes today or I go as nice casual as I can by blinging up my denim. Kind of a fun challenge. I would like to take a moment to thank you for creating such a fun, friendly and informative blog and community. It blesses me everyday!

  32. THAT is one of my very favorite outfits that you’ve ever posted! I definitely like the boot cut jeans better than the skinnies and am glad that you explained how the boot cut balances the shape of the sweater. I need fancy shoes for a deb ball tonight…might head straight to Payless!

  33. You look great in this. Love those jeans and totally chrcking them out.
    As for thanksgiving, same as what I have on. This year I’m planning skinny Jeans ankle boots and a grey sweater. I need something that I can nurse in easily. Last year I wore black and black with a brown jacket!

  34. Love your coat!!! I’m trying to decide on what style to invest in and this one seems perfect and I am quickly becoming a big fan of camel color. Who would have thought??

  35. Love the shows and the sweater. I work this thanksgiving. But having thanksgiving with my work family is just as much fun and special to me. Thank you for all you wonderful outfit ideas

  36. I like to dress casually on Thanksgiving but I do like to add a little extra pizzazz to my casual outfit! Love your blog!

  37. Thank you for partnering with Payless. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at their great styles as of late. Thanks to you & Cyndi I’ve purchased several pairs of shoes from them.

  38. I love how you carry off beiges, oatmeals and camel-colors with dark hair. I don’t usually try this, but it definitely works!

  39. Beautiful outfit! I love it when your post includes stores I can easily shop at here in Canada too! I’ve been looking for this type of sweater so might have to check this one out. Happy Thanksgiving!

  40. I would definitely say we trend toward a more casual Thanksgiving, especially if I’m cooking. Like you, I go a bit dressier if someone else is hosting.

  41. I’m cooking this year, so I’ll keep it casual! Love love love the shoes you’re stylin’! You make everything look so classy!

  42. What a wonderful article. I love the outfit pairing. I am keeping it very simple this year, a plaid loose fitting button down shirt, skinny jeans and wedges 🙂

  43. Love the jeans with the heels. I was looking for some heels this color but so dislike heels. The way you described them made me what to add these to my closet. Definitely adding the sweater.

  44. I LOVE this post! Those shoes are really cute and I’m surprised they didn’t hurt your feet. I might have to swing by Payless to try them on. As for what I wear on Thanksgiving, it depends if we’re going to church or not that day. Usually I go casual and wear jeans and cute top with my sneakers. I might “dress it up” and go with boots. Thanks for sharing your ideas. You always look cute. <3

  45. Love the shoes. I’m eyeing the red for the Christmas season. You look wonderful in boot cut jeans. Do you know when Nordstrom’s Black Frida starts? Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving. Thank you for all your help! Love your Blog!

  46. I tend to dress casual for Thanksgiving…it’s just close family. Jeans and a plaid shirt will probably be my outfit. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  47. I’m keeping it very easy and casual this year. I work full-time and am a full-time student, so I need a little time to relax this year.

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