What to Wear for Thanksgiving: Dressing Up or Keeping It Casual

by | Holiday Inspiration, Style, Thanksgiving Style

Even though I shared My Holiday Gift Guides Friday, I’ve not skipped over Thanksgiving!  I have great Thanksgiving content that I’ll be sharing starting with What to Wear for Thanksgiving!  I have a beautiful tablescape coming soon but you can find ideas in the meantime on the Holiday Inspiration tab on the menu above.

I typically gravitate toward dresses and dressier looks but I think we are all craving comfort this year!  So with that in mind, I’ve shared several looks whether your Thanksgiving plans involve dressing up or keeping it casual.  The links to each look are below and there is a boutique with more inspiration, too!

Floral Dress / Frontline Sandals / Valentino Handbag / Lapis Bamboo Bracelet / Tiger’s Eye Bamboo Bracelet / Gold Bead Bracelet / Beyond Mascara

This gorgeous dress quickly became an October reader favorite when I wore it to a wedding and is on sale off right now!  The shoes, mascara and bracelets are in My Holiday Gift Guides for Her Beauty, and Under $50.

Cable Knit Sweater / Denim / Similar Flats

A cozy sweater is a great choice for Thanksgiving.  This I love this beauty from Tyler Boe, which is a new brand for me.  Stay tuned for more from this great designer!

Carolina Dress / Golden Goose / Parker and Hyde Tote / Alicia Earrings in Gold / Tiger’s Eye Bamboo Bangle / Gold Margaret Bracelet from the AWL Stack

I have been living in these sweatshirt style dresses from Southcott.  They are so easy to dress up or down with an accessories change.  I’ll show you the pretty rose color on IG stories today. This is the PERFECT cross between casual and dressy!  It’s is great with boots, too!

Ultra Suede Tunic / White Denim / Clutch / Sandals

This ultra suede tunic is similar to the best selling dress from last Fall.  This color is gorgeous and will be great into spring.  I’ve worn it several times and received lots of compliments!  The dress you all loved is now available in navy, black and brown if you missed it last year!

Faux Leather Blazer / Cashmere Turtleneck / Denim / Similar Boots / Similar Clutch

This faux leather blazer is my new go-to!  You’d never believe it was faux because it is so buttery soft.  This is a great option to elevate jeans in a sweater.  I’m wearing it with my favorite cashmere turtleneck.  I own it in 3 colors and will probably add another!  They were already Reader Favorites even before I included them in my October Favorites under $150 and Burgundy Color Crush posts so I know you love them, too! You can see more of this look in My Fall Staples.

Sarasota Long Sleeve Top / Favorite Denim / Suede Mules / Stripe Clutch / Alicia Earrings in Gold / Laurel Necklace / Tiger’s Eye Bamboo Bangle / Gold Margaret Bracelet from the AWL Stack

This might be my favorite top for Fall and one that would be great for a casual Thanksgiving gathering.  The ruched shoulders give it a chic touch!  See more of the AWL x Southcott Collection Fall Collection all of which would be great for Thanksgiving and casual Holiday gatherings!

Petite Rose White Blouse / Brocade Mules / Favorite Denim / Hazen Margaret / Small Margaret / Three Pearl / Alicia Earrings / Alicia Necklace

A great white shirt like this one is a pretty but casual way to look great at Thanksgivingl.  This top from my Southcott Fall Collection will be great in any season, honestly.  I love the sleeve detail and the smocked-ruffle cuff.

These beautiful brocade slides might just be the most comfortable shoes in my closet!  If you’ve not tried this brand, you should!  I wore out my first pair that were Camo calf hair flats and just ordered a new pair!  They run a tad small so I size up a half size.  They make a great gift!  My mom said last night that she loves the pair I gave her for Christmas last year.  You can see them in my Gift Guide for Her.

Gingham Sweatshirt Dress / Veja Sneakers

Love this fun, casual iconic gingham from Draper James. They great styles from casual like this to the beautiful floral dress above.  Their Holiday Shop is out and DARLING!

Cashmere Sweater / White T / Denim / Boots

You can’t go wrong with a cashmere cardigan and booties for a cozy and comfortable Thanksgiving look.

Lilly Pulitzer Black Eyelet Midi Dress-13 Perfect Little Black Dresses For Fall

Lilly Black Maxi / Clutch / Braided Sandals / Pearl Bracelets

Any excuse to wear this beauty!  It was an immediate reader favorite, too.   It is the softest, silkiest cotton fashioned into beautiful eyelet lace maxi dress. This will be something I know I will have in my wardrobe for years to come and will be able to wear it on this year around.  I’ll be packing it soon and can’t wait to share where!  You can be sure to check out my post with more favorite Black Dresses for Fall. There are great holiday finds there, too!

Color Crush Burgundy Sweater on Alicia Wood

Cable Knit Turtleneck Sweater (similar) / Skinny Jeans /  Black Sac De Jour  / Sunglasses

I love this burgundy sweater and almost anything this color for that matter!  My Color Crush: Burgundy has a lot of great ideas for this rich and flattering color.

Get more inspiration on these category pages: Personal StyleInteriorsMy HomeFoodEntertainingTablescapesBeauty and Travel.  I’ve also added and HOLIDAY tab on the menu above for Thanksgiving and Christmas that have all the information you need easily accessible!  You can also access all the Gift Guides below.  Time to get everyone checked off your gift list!



PS – Have you signed up for my newsletter yet?! If not, you’re going to want to here! When you do you receive a downloadable pdf of my Thanksgiving Menu along with my grocery store shopping list that is so helpful for the holidays soon.

What To Wear For Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

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