With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, I thought I’d pull together some Thanksgiving outfit inspiration for you today. When most women are menu planning, I’m outfit planning!
Although this year I’ll have to do some menu planning too, since I’m hosting Thanksgiving again. It’s a new role for me that I’ve only taken on out of necessity. Fortunately I’m able to outsource the turkey, which is the most intimidating part.
That was part of the deal when Paul got his smoker for Father’s Day a couple years ago. He doesn’t do much cooking, but the smoker is his newest pet project, and it comes in very handy at times!
Anyway, I’d love to hear what your plans are for Thanksgiving this year. Feel free to share in the comments!
Meanwhile, here are some outfit ideas. Whether you’re hosting or attending a family gathering or going out for dinner, hopefully there will be something in here to inspire you!
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and hovering around 145# these days. I usually wear a small in tops and dresses, a 28 or 29 in jeans, and a size 8 shoe.
Casual Thanksgiving Outfit Idea
Our Thanksgiving gatherings are always casual, and I’m usually in jeans and some type of sweater. When I saw this fair isle sweater at Evereve, I thought it had Thanksgiving written all over it. It pairs perfectly with light wash jeans as shown here, but it would also be really pretty with white.
It’s made of a soft acrylic knit, with no wool to irritate sensitive skin, and the fit is easy through the body with a subtle balloon sleeve. It runs true to size.
And these are the KUT from the Kloth Rosa Straight Ankle Jeans. They have a slim, straight fit with a 27″ inseam and 14″ leg opening and a sky high 12″ rise. I actually find it quite comfortable, but I wouldn’t want to front tuck into them, for fear of making my torso look about an inch tall, haha! But they work perfectly with this sweater that is 22″ long.
These jeans run true to size, or size down if in between. They’re pretty much true for KUT from the Kloth jeans, which always run big.
These Western-inspired pointy-toe booties in the Dune Nubuck are the perfect complement to this casual look. I love this color with light wash denim, and the way it repeats the colors in the sweater. These boots are true to size; I’m wearing my usual size 8.
I realize not everyone goes this casual for Thanksgiving, but it’s perfect for our low-key family gatherings. And of course, this look can be worn for so many other purposes this fall. I just think the color palette is perfect for Thanksgiving!
I also rounded up a bunch of other ideas from my outfit archives. Shopping details are below each picture, along with the sizes I’m wearing for reference.
More Thanksgiving Outfit Inspiration
For those who like to dress up or go out to eat for Thanksgiving dinner, a sweater dress is my favorite, and I’ll give you a sneak peek to a couple of looks I have coming to the blog later this month!
This cashmere sweater dress in a pretty shade of olive green is from Saks OFF 5TH and it’s a great price for the quality. I’m wearing a small, but I think I’d be more comfortable in a medium.
And this chunky ribbed black turtleneck sweater dress is from Gap Factory. It’s 100% cotton, and it also comes in cream, which I actually ordered as well. I plan to shoot a look with that one soon!
Not a dress fan? I love this teal sweater with the tank corduroy flares for a Thanksgiving Day outfit. It’s such a pleasing color combination for fall, without going neutral.
Or if you are a fan of neutrals, I love these chocolate brown coated jeans. They look great with all the taupe, ivory, and oatmeal tones. Unfortunately, this necklace is sold out.
For those who like to keep it casual, this is a layered look that I like a lot for Thanksgiving. Black and brown is a great color combo this time of year, and with a graphic tee underneath, you can take off jacket if it’s warm inside and still look cute and put together. These jeans are washed black, by the way. They got a little blown out in the photography.
And this is a cozier layered look that I love for the color combo. If you’re doing some type of outdoor activity on Thanksgiving, this would be perfect, but it might be too toasty for indoor events… at least with the vest. It’s a great simple look without the vest, too!
Here’s that same sweater with a different pair of light wash jeans and taupe mules for a luxe but minimalistic outfit that will take you just about anywhere this fall.
Quince has a similar version of this sweater for a lot less. I actually ordered it to compare, and I’ll be sharing my findings in a future post, but suffice it to say, it’s a very good substitute!
Here’s a similar outfit with the same jeans but a different ivory sweater and plaid loafer mules. If you know me, you know these simple outfits are my favorites. The key to making them look polished is to be sure each piece is in good condition, and fit and proportion must be on point. And a few thoughtful accessories make the outfit look complete.
This is basically the same outfit in a bolder color palette. This sweater is a great buy right now; it’s very soft and comfortable, and it layers nicely under jackets too.
Here’s another version of a classic pullover sweater and jeans, this time with a camel cashmere v-neck sweater, washed black denim, and brown ankle boots. I love how the mixed stone necklace and hoop earrings tie it all together. Unfortunately, these accessories are old and no longer available.
Banana Republic Factory has a similar style of this sweater for a lot less. I ordered it to try, and it’s very nice, but it’s definitely a warmer shade of camel. See the comparison below.
If you prefer more pattern in your outfits, this argyle sweater in the brown and black color combo is a nice one for Thanksgiving and other fall events. I also like this brown and black striped sweater, and I would wear it with the same jeans and mules.
For those who are hosting and cooking all day, I recommend a short sleeved sweater because it’s always so hot in the kitchen. I usually wear flats while cooking and throw on some heels on when guests arrive. This is what I wore last year.
And here’s a version of that look that I’ve worn more recently. I really wish this teal sweater were still available because I think it’s perfect for Thanksgiving Day. I like how it’s not the typical neutral, but it coordinates well with all of those colors for family pictures. (Yes, I’m always thinking about the pictures!) I did find a similar option.
Want more Thanksgiving outfit inspiration? See these Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas from past years.
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