Ask a Stylist: What to Wear to Thanksgiving Dinner

By  October 05, 2013

“What is an appropriate outfit to wear to Thanksgiving dinner? I’d like to wear something special without being over the top.”


It is so refreshing to know that some people still care to dress up on holidays. I’ve always been a fan of getting gussied up for holidays, even if everyone else around me is in sweats. Thanksgiving can be a little trickier than other holidays because you want to be stylish, but comfort needs to be considered too. Let’s be honest: Thanksgiving can be messy. You’re slaving away in the kitchen, eating yourself into a food coma, or lazily watching sports all day on the couch. All those activities (especially combined) call for sweatpants and sweatshirts, but there are plenty of sophisticated options to ensure that you stay stylish and cozy.


Jersey is a girl’s best friend! Forget about diamonds—it’s all about jersey. This forgiving fabric won’t wrinkle, will allow for that unavoidable “food baby,” and looks very chic. I am loving this very sophisticated version from Nina Ricci.


Take it down a notch. Thanksgiving is all about family, so save the sexy dresses for a night out on the town. Opt for something a bit more modest. When in doubt, ask yourself, “What would Grandma think?”


Get corny. I am a big ol’ cornball when it comes to holiday dressing. For Thanksgiving, I like wearing autumn colors, and every now and then, I’ll throw in some Pilgrim-chic elements like exaggerated cuffs and collars. This Valentino dress keeps things out of the costume zone because, after all, Halloween is way over.


Day Birger et Mikkelsen Wrap-Effect Stretch Jersey Dress, $170 »


Lanvin Stephanie Gold-Tone Ring, $875 »


Marni Gold-Tone Crystal Clip Earrings, $450 »


Lanvin Suede Lace-Up Ankle Boots, $1,295 »


Deborah Lippmann Jewel Heist Nail Color in Laughin’ to the Bank, $17 »


Alexander Wang Diego Textured-Nubuck Shoulder Bag, $875 »