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Edith Leiber belt, unbranded silk holiday scarf (all own), knit jumper c/o Femme Luxe

Thanksgiving is a holiday where stylewise everything seems to go. Actually, this impression isn’t entirely right. This post provides outfit ideas for various different Thanksgiving events. You want to wear the right look at the right time, right?

  1. Thanksgiving traditions impact the outfit
  2. Cozy chic look for watching movies or football with friends
  3. Eating out
    • Dinner or lunch at a family member’s house
    • Brunch or dinner at a restaurant
    • Desaturated look for eating at a conservative place

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Thanksgiving traditions impact the outfit

Thanksgiving is a family holiday with a lot of food and fun. Some families do their own home-made turkey dinner, others go out for brunch or dinner. Some families use the opportunity to join somewhere at a resort for a family reunion. Some families invite friends over to watch football, …

It often means dressing for a family reunion which is one of the toughest occasions to dress for.

There are many traditions. And even immigrants have their Thanksgiving traditions. These various Thanksgiving traditions of course all have their own dress codes. Some events are very low key – read cozy casual for a football watching invitation, while others can be tricky, for instance, what to wear for a family reunion.

Cozy chic look for watching movies or football with friends

Sure leggings and a sweater or jeans and a Tee with cardigan can be posh, comfy casual looks. But when you are a skirt-dress kind of gal, go with it. A wide rib-knit dress always looks cosy. If you have a season-scarf, now is the time to wear it. A scarf is great to up your style. More on styling with scarves at this link.

stylist in winterwhite comfy posh casual knit sweater dress

fashion book author in casual look for watching movies on Turkey Day
Outfit details: GNW tights, upcycled boots, Edith Leiber gemstone belt (all own) and knit jumper dress c/o Femme Luxe

Eating out

When you are going to a Thanksgiving brunch at a restaurant keep the restaurants dress code in mind and up the look a bit for Thanksgiving. When you are invited to a Thanksgiving dinner party, make sure you won’t out-dress the hostess.

Lunch or dinner at a family member’s house

Comfy is key, but classic. Use only one item that represents your personal style unless its Euro Chic or American Classic. The example below is pretty conservative and timeless.

A classic with a twist.

The gamine style sailor top expresses a personal style preference, while all other pieces are ageless.

classic Thanksgiving look in blue-red-white for family dinner or lunch

over 50 years old blogger in pleated wool skirt, long cardigan, suede boots striped top sitting on a stool
Outfit details: L.K. Bennett suede boots, peacock garnet long pendant necklace, Pendleton pleated plaid midi skirt, Loft sailor top, unbranded cardigan, Gucci belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own)

Brunch or dinner at a restaurant

The following look works for cold climate regions. It bases on the traditional colors of pumpkin, greens and black. Well, a wool plaid is also a fast assocciation with the season. The artisan painted scarf saves to up the style. It’s a classic look that you can easily recreated from your wardrobe with similar items.

fashion influencer in orange plaid skirt and scarf, tall boots, tights cable knit sweater

Thanksgiving colors inspired ootd of skirt, sweater, boots, scarf
Outfit details: Anne Klein cable knit sweater, Una Alla Volta scarf, GNW tights, upcycled boots, Hermes collier de chien bangle, citrine and moonstone necklace


The next suggestion is more for the ladies living in a warm climate region with cool winters. A fall floral dress with long blazer (photo above) works well for Thanksgiving brunch in the south where temperatures are still above 60F (15.6oC). When wearing a long blazer with a dress, make sure that the dress is either 2 inch shorter than the blazer (i.e. wear the blazer as coat) or substantially shorter than the dress.

stylist in chic in a rose print dress with long blazer

fashion influencer in a posh chic in floral dress with long jacket
Shein long coat, self-sewn floral dress, Celine bag, Kieselstein Cord belt, ethnic buckle, and Manolo Blahnik booties (all own)


Desaturated look for eating at a conservative place

A de-saturated outfit always has a posh chic vibe even when leather and a graphic Tee are involved. This outfit also works where the atmosphere is still warm enough to just wear a leather jacket outside for some minor insulation or wind protection.

The following suggestion works well for temperatures arount the freezing point in windy climates.

fashion blogger in chic Thanksgiving brunch outfit

midlife woman in posh casual Thanksgiving brunch outfit
Halogen quilted blush leather jacket, Keep Calm T-shirt, H&M skirt, Max Mara boots, Esprit bag, and pink suede long statement belt (all own)

Create a chic outerwear look, when a coat is needed

When you live in cold climate, don’t forget to style your outerwear. Your coat and whatever shows from your outfit make an outfit too. This outerwear look need styling too to look your best. Here I picked up the colors of the embroidery of the coat.

lifestyle blogger walking in boots over snow in the dark in a floral coat with hat and gloves purple mask
DIY purple mask, Celine tote, Salamander shearling booties, Snow floral coat, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves, thrifted wood belt and unbranded shearling hat (all own)


.. and when it’s not that cold outside ….

midlife lady looking out the window

mature lady in embroidered coat
Embroidered coat, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves, Calvin Klein sheath, GNW tight, green wool beret, scarf (all own), and Musse & Cloud booties c/o Coolway


What are your plans for the holiday? Watching football? Going out for brunch? Do you have to work today? Are you invited for a Thanksgiving dinner? What will you wear? let me know, I am curious.

I am glad you stopped by! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones. Stay safe and healthy!

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