What To Wear On Thanksgiving Day

I didn’t’t grow up with Thanksgiving in my life (obviously, I’m from Trinidad)! But having lived in this country for fifteen years or so, it has become a part of my life and one of my favorite celebrations. Thanksgiving is about family, nesting, togetherness, love, and delicious food. What’s not to love? And then there’s football on the TV and sales to browse on the internet, good times with the people you need to spend more time with. It’s the best. Mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce! Woooooooo!


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Thanksgiving is many things, but here’s one thing it’s not – a time for tight, restrictive clothing. Don’t do that to yourself. On Turkey Day you want to indulge, enjoy, consume and imbibe in comfort. You don’t want to have to shift uncomfortably in your seat and surreptitiously adjust your belt and unzip your jeans under the table. Keep it cute with comfortable pants, tops, tunics or dresses. Think chic, flowy, and effortless. Think of family photos and helping to prepare a meal and set a table. You want to look beautiful and glamorous but still able to help out around the house as need be. Check out some of my recommendations.

Here’s your Thanksgiving Day style checklist:

Comfortable pants

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Nobody wants to feel like a leftover bratwurst on Thanksgiving evening. This is not a day for skinny jeans or constricting clothing. I recommend loose fitting, comfortably chic everything. Starting from the bottom.

Recently I wore a pair of Lucky Jeans on Instagram and people expressed shock that they make plus size jeans. They do! And they’re comfortable! I live in their jeans. Lucky Brand boyfriend jeans are great for turkey day – on trend and cool. Mynt 1792 also has a boyfriend jean that looks chic and comfortable.

Printed bottoms remain a thing that I haven’t quite integrated into my wardrobe because every pair I’ve tried on makes me feel like I’m wearing chef pants. But still I keep trying! These Evans X Ray print leggings are cool enough to make me want to try them out. And these Michael Kors studded jeans might need to come home and live with me (these may be a bit more Thanksgiving night out, though).

Cool cardigans

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I didn’t appreciate the value of a good cardigan until moving to a cooler climate. Cardigans are everything! They’re such an essential layering piece and they can take your basic outfit and upgrade it to something stylish with minimal effort. If you rock a cardigan to Thanksgiving Day dinner, then you can totally wear a basic tee or long sleeved shirt underneath, and jazz up the look with your layering piece. I can be picky about fit. I prefer a longline cardigan that’s going to cover my butt, and I also really like the fit of a waterfall cardigan. Here’s a few I’m loving.

– this Calvin Klein draped cardigan. So versatile! I always have a thing for Calvin Klein and Michael Kors plus size pieces, and Macy’s always has a great selection.

– I love the stripes and the curve of this Alfani cardigan from Macy’s. In general, Macy’s and Nordstrom Rack usually have their cardigan selection together.

– Can we talk about Torrid for a hot second? They’ve stepped up the game! Check out this chic black and white draped cardigan. There was a time when I felt like I’d aged out of Torrid, so it’s nice to see that you can still find some timeless stylish pieces there.


Super cute pullover sweaters

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There are a few sweater trends worth exploring for Thanksgiving and beyond. Let’s get into them, shall we?

Animal prints are big this year, and I don’t mean just the usual leopard print stuff (which is timeless, obviously). I mean shirts with literal animals on them. Some of these are cute, while some may skew a little junior’s plus. I say, whatever floats your boat or finds your lost remote. Wear what you like!

This zebra sweater from Simply Be is super cute and not too young looking. Just cute.

I bought this Old Navy plus size fox sweater because I thought it was ADORABLE. It’s also available in an owl print. I was concerned about the color blending in with my skin too much but that’s easily corrected with layering pieces and accessories.

Sweaters with cut out details are popular too. This Asos Curve Chunky Sweater with strap back detail is chic and looks comfortable. One drawback? It’s white. So wear a napkin.

Polka dot sweaters remain in style and Lane Bryant combines two trends in one with this polka dot sweater with shoulder zip details.

Sweaters with embellishment or shoulder details really are big right now. I’m also a fan of this striped, studded shoulder Lane Bryant sweater, it’s on trend without trying too hard. This studded sweater from Kohl’s is also pretty cute – planning to buy it soon!

Whatever you wear, make sure its something you’re comfortable in and it makes you happy – you can always amplify your look with makeup and bangin’ jewelry. And the main point of the day is to celebrate with family and close friends, and to be thankful for what you’ve got. Bask in the glow.

What’s your turkey day style? What are you wearing to your Thanksgiving Day festivities?


Pam says:
November 20, 2013, 10:26 am
Comfort is a must for me on Thanksgiving. I will be wearing some dark boot cut jeans, with a long sleeve black v-neck tee and a charcoal gray cardigan made on the same style as the Alfani cardigan. The only thing is my cardigan is short sleeved. I will also tie a printed scar in the same colors around my neck with some great accessories and some boot shoes. I will be delivering food to some relatives (because I'm a slamming cook) so I will need comfort getting in and out of my car. Great suggestions!
Arrie Marie says:
November 20, 2013, 10:26 am
I go for comfortable and cute look (I guess that's what you can call it) I make sure I wear what my grandmother likes to call "eating pants." I think I'm dressing in layers this year. It gets hot in the kitchen.
Pets says:
November 20, 2013, 6:21 pm
Happy Thanksgiving in advance! This post works for us at Christmas Day.
Ang says:
November 20, 2013, 8:32 pm
It get's hot in the kitchen, I will be dressing in a tee shirt & loose fitting jeans. Enjoy your Thanksgiving.
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