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!!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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??
Payless Mila Block Heel Pumps c/o // AEO Textured Jegging Sweater (40% off!) // Mavi Baby Stretch Bootcut Jeans // Ralph Lauren Reefer Coat (20% off!!!) // similar Tory Burch clutch (ON SALE!) // earrings via Fair Trade Friday // Stella & Dot Pearl Spike Cuff // assorted Alex and Ani bangles c/o
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109 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Outfit Idea”
Love the shoes- great color !
i love that coat! Such a classic design and color. Very elegant.
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.
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! 🙂
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!
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!
I’ll be wearing a similar outfit with my leopard flats~~I’m cooking! Haha! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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! 🙂
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!!!
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! 😉
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.
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.
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????
Love the whole outfit. And also the color of the lipstick and nailpolish.
You inspire me. Thank you so much.
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.
We’re very casual for thanksgiving, comfy clothes all the way!
Love the shoes and boot cut jeans!
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!!!
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
Cute aprons count too! 🙂
Totally loves those cute suede pumps! Thank for you for the opportunity to win a Payless gift card!
I love outfits like this, so simple and classic! Great shoes.
Those heels are super cute!
Love this outfit, wish I could have it all delivered tomorrow for me to wear Thursday!!
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!!
That’s too funny!!! I’m glad you found me! 🙂
Thank you for the give-away! I dress casual, jeans and pretty shirt with a vest or tunic for Thanksgiving :).
Great outfit; loved the shoes! I typically wear jeans and a Cowboys jersey or T-shirt to support my team….How ‘Bout Them Cowboys!!
LOL, I grew up in a house of Cowboys fans. We are all Eagles in this house, but my dad and brother still root for the Cowboys as far as I know.
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!
Very Nice outfit! I’ve bought two pair of booties this year from Payless. Love their shoes/accessories. Happy Thanksgiving!
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.
Shoes look great with those jeans!
Im usually in an apron! But it’s always flats. I try to go with fall colors though!
Love the outfit but I could never wear heels that high. I plan on being very casual at Thanksgiving – jeans, sweater and sneakers.
I have jeans and an oatmeal colored sweater to wear. Still trying to decide on shoes. May need to hit up Payless on my lunch tomorrow.
Love these shoes! And the color is awesome!
Love the shoes! Happy Thanksgiving!
Cute shoes (love the color!) and love the sweater, too!!
We are very NW Casual for Thanksgiving… Some even come straight from playing football! 🙂
Love this casual yet chic outfit for the holidays!
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.
Love everything about this outfit from head to toe! Perfect outfit for Thanksgiving and so much more!
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!
LOL! Good luck!
The coat is gorgeous! I just love the way it elevates the outfit from cute to classy.
I love the outfit.
This outfit is adorable!love the shoes! I have to check out the jeans/brand.