If you're anything like us, you’ve likely been planning your Thanksgiving dinner since the day after Halloween. Once we swap out our spooky season decorations for Thanksgiving décor, we know it’s time to start curating a menu, creating shopping lists, figuring out seating arrangements, and making other essential holiday decisions (pumpkin pie or pecan pie this year?). And while we’re busy coordinating holiday logistics, it’s easy to forget to pick the perfect outfit.
With so many other decisions to make, figuring out what to wear on Thanksgiving can often become a last-minute mad dash, which can be stressful while you’re busy putting the final touches on your dishes or getting your house ready if you’re hosting. That’s why we’ve put together this list of perfect Thanksgiving outfits so you can focus on everything else you need to prepare while still showing up to dinner in a flattering look that’ll keep you comfy throughout the entire occasion.
Before we dive into our first Thanksgiving outfit, we want to share one of our golden rules for holiday attire: what you wear to Thanksgiving dinner should be as comfortable as it is stylish. Of course, we all want to look our best at any holiday get-together, and Thanksgiving is no exception. But, while we eat, drink, and socialize, it’s just as important to feel super comfortable in what we’re wearing. A too-tight pair of pants, for example, is a surefire way to make Thanksgiving less enjoyable, which is no good.
That’s why this classic duo—a pair of comfy leggings and a tunic top—is first up on our list. Tunic tops for women are simple yet stylish, and they pair as well with a nice pair of leggings as gravy does with mashed potatoes. Opt for a pair of somewhat dressy leggings, like a knit high-rise corduroy pair, and rock these bottoms with your favorite long-sleeve tunic top. This outfit will provide a flattering and streamlined silhouette, and while you’ll look dressed up for the occasion, you’ll feel just as comfy as you would in your go-to loungewear. Complete this look with some ankle booties and a pair of drop earrings.
Sticking with the theme of outfits that are comfy yet stylish, a fit-and-flare dress is next up on our list. Fit-and-flare dresses are universally flattering—the shape and fit of this dress will highlight your silhouette in all of the best ways without feeling too tight or restrictive, especially if you opt for one in a slightly stretchy cotton-blend material.
Pick a fit-and-flare dress in a nice seasonal print like earth-toned floral or a solid hue, and pair this dress with a lightweight jacket or cardigan, plus some opaque tights and ankle booties to tie the look together. While this outfit will feel and look dressy enough for the occasion, you’ll also be able to enjoy the event in comfort and ease.
While a pair of too-tight pants are a no-go for your Thanksgiving look, a pair of comfortable and stylish straight-leg jeans can be the perfect bottoms for the occasion. Opt for a pair that has some stretch in the waistline for added comfort throughout the day and in a super on-trend cropped ankle style. These jeans will look great with slip-on Chelsea boots or cute mules, and they’re versatile enough to rock with any dressy sweater.
As for the sweater itself, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to bust out your finest cashmere crewneck or your snazziest cowl neck pullover. If you go with the crewneck, you can take this look up a notch with a statement necklace, and if you opt for the cowl neck, we recommend completing this look with some nice hoop or drop earrings. This outfit is perfect for staying on-trend this Thanksgiving without sacrificing comfort.
Our list of perfect Thanksgiving outfits wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the magic of a maxi dress. Maxi dresses are effortlessly chic and, well, dressy but are as comfy as your go-to nightgown. Maxi dresses are also very on-trend at the moment, making them a great option for holiday looks this year.
Rock a sleeve-less tiered maxi dress with a nice cashmere cardigan layer or a quarter-length sleeve maxi dress with a lightweight denim jacket. A maxi dress will always look great with a long layered necklace and a pair of booties or ballet flats, so you can elevate your look with your favorite accessories and shoes.
Thanksgiving takes a lot of planning. From the menu to the logistics, it takes work for this event to be a success. And for all your efforts, you deserve to enjoy the occasion in an outfit that looks as great as it feels. We hope you’ve found your favorite holiday look—and that you have a fantastic Thanksgiving!