What to Wear for Thanksgiving Dinner with Family and In-laws, on a Date, or at a Restaurant

Even in sunny, casual California it feels festive to wear richly colored and textured clothing for Thanksgiving. Depending on with whom you will be sharing the day, you have some options regarding what to wear.

What to Wear for Thanksgiving Dinner with Family or In-Laws
Dinner with family, immediate and in-laws, can often mean dressing down. After all, you see each other often and don’t need to impress anyone. However, this is a special holiday centered around a thoughtful meal. So show the respect this day deserves and dress up a bit!

Pull out the velvets that have been hanging in your closet since last winter. Wear a velvet skirt with a more casual knit top and some sparkly jewelry. Or if you prefer pants, try wearing simple black or winter white pants with a soft cashmere or merino wool sweater that is embellished with some beading. You can also wear a stylish dress in shades of the season: deep red, emerald green, dark teal, or burnt sienna.

Add a colorful scarf or jewelry to make your outfit shine. In terms of shoes, boots are fantastic with dresses and skirts, and booties or embellished pumps and flats look great with pants.

What to Wear for a Thanksgiving Date with Your Boyfriend or Fiancé
A Thanksgiving date with a boyfriend or fiancé calls for a more polished look. Go for simple pants and a pretty velvet top or patterned sweater.

A dress is always an appropriate way to go, so try one with some beading, pretty draping, and in a lovely color. Or go for a beautiful and simple black dress that suits your figure. For shoes, wear classic riding boots or pumps.

What to Wear for Thanksgiving Dinner with Friends
When you get to share Thanksgiving with friends, feel free to have fun with your clothing. Wear velvet, scarves, big, statement jewelry in the form of necklaces, bracelets, and rings, pants with sequined tops and jackets, colorful or textured tights, tunics with slim pants or leggings, and booties, glittery ballet flats, pumps, or bejeweled shoes of any kind.

What to Wear When Dining out at a Restaurant for Thanksgiving Dinner
Dining out at Thanksgiving is an opportunity to wear clothing that doesn’t get out much! Find a pretty dress that you save for special occasions or slip on tuxedo pants and a finely knit sweater or satiny top.

You can also wear a pencil skirt in heavy satin, fine wool, or in tweed with some sparkly thread running through it. Pair your skirt with a simple turtleneck in a rich color or a silk blouse. You can also try wearing a plain tank top or t-shirt with the skirt and a good-looking jacket. Lucky you! No dishes to wash!


Of course, while you are getting dressed, think about what you will be doing that day. If you are like me, you are doing the bulk of the cooking. In that case you may want to skip the silk top and wear something more kitchen friendly. If you are simply showing up with dessert or the dinner rolls, go all out and get fancy! Enjoy the day and be thankful for what you have.

About the Expert:
Lori Cooper is a wardrobe consultant who helps women and men to update their style and their looks for both their personal and professional lives. For more information, please visit online at http://www.wardrobewisdom.com or http://loriacooper.blogspot.com.

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