Thanksgiving Outfits for Every Type of Occasion

WORDS BY: KATHY PHAN
PHOTOS BY: ALELI MAY VUELTA

Casual

 

Thanksgiving dinner is still a formal event, even if the dress code isn't. You can go for a loose sweater and a stretchy pair of denims but also find ways to dress it up. For an appropriate casual outfit, I went with a beige V-neck sweater with hints of grey in the knitting and olive skinnies to keep up with fall's trendiest colors. I also layered a cream, sheer lace tunic under the sweater for a more feminine and dressy look. Fall brings warmer colors, not warmer weather so a thin woven scarf makes for a great accessory while fighting off the cold. This one has some lace detailing to match the entire outfit.

Sweater / Hollister
Bottoms / F21
Tunic / Urban Outfitters
Scarf / Free People
Necklace / Nasty Gal and H&M

Semi-formal

 

It's Thanksgiving so you're probably going to eat a lot, no doubt. Let's not ruin the feast by wearing something that constricts breathing. Shift dresses are a perfect go-to for high-calorie dinners. It drapes the body in a flattering way while hiding the food baby. However, all good things have a bad side to them and the loose nature of a shift dress often hides the body and makes it boxy. Luckily, the cutouts on the side of this dress show that there is, indeed, a figure there. The solid color of the dress makes it a great canvas to accessorize with a bold necklace. The hat and cardigan are extra options to keep warm and look stylish at the same time.

Dress / Urban Outfitters
Cardigan / A & F
Necklace / F21
Hat / Pacsun

Formal

 
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Fall is about mixing different textures. This should be done in moderation, of course. Here, I styled a textured outfit with a subtle combination of fringe, lace and plaid. The nice detailing on the hem of this dress makes it a lot more formal than a plain, old white dress. Pairing the dress with a plaid poncho provides the right amount of warmth without looking bulky. Unfortunately, the dress alone swallowed me whole so I needed to cinch the waist somehow. The belt is actually an old necklace of mine that just happens to be long enough to wrap around my waist. It does a good job of locating my waist without blocking my air pipes and also has multiple chains, which help create a draped layered effect.

Dress / Free People
Poncho / Nasty Gal
Necklace / Free People