How to Dress Well and Comfortably For Thanksgiving Dinner by Audrey Stanton

How to Dress Well and Comfortably For Thanksgiving Dinner

Sonia Kessler Native Styling
Sonia Kessler of Native Styling

Ah, it’s that time of year again, when we stuff our faces because some Europeans decided this land needed to be conquered. While the origins of Thanksgiving are a little iffy, the idea of setting aside time to focus on gratitude is something that everyone can get on board with. Whether you’re getting together with family, participating in a “Friendsgiving”, or joining someone else’s celebration, there will be food involved. Why the tradition to stuff our faces started is sort of beyond me, however, it is exactly what happens on this fall holiday. It’s important to dress appropriately for whatever gathering you’re attending, and also feel comfortable enough to have a piece of pie when it’s all over. Interestingly enough it is pretty easy to dress well and pleasantly for Thanksgiving. With the right amount of give and smart styling, you’ll be the hit of the dinner party in no time!

Let it Flow

One way to go is to keep your outfit so billowy that no one will know you have a gigantic food baby underneath. Wearing a boxy shift dress or flowing maxi can help you to feel dressed up for the occasion while still leaving room for all that the delicious day has to offer. To balance out whatever comfy dress you decide on, pair it with structured boots, a tailored jacket, and statement jewelry. This keeps it from looking like you’re ready to go to Woodstock instead of a Thanksgiving dinner (unless that’s the look you’re going for). If you feel like accessorizing is still not giving you the structure you need, add a belt and loosen it once the eating starts. My personal favorite thing to do when rocking any dress is to sport some biker shorts or black tights underneath. Now some of you are thinking that that sounds like the opposite of comfort after a huge meal but I prefer to have a little bit of support when wearing something that has so much give. A little spandex can go a long way!

Keep it Flexible

Employ an elastic waistline– but make it fashion. The “athleisure” trend is on the rise, which consists of wearing fashionable athletic wear in everyday situations. While I’m not telling you to actually wear sweatpants to this November holiday, I do think that a stretch-friendly option can be practical and chic at the same time. Try some joggers and kick it up a notch with high quality fabrics and sophisticated colors. I personally have a pair of black velvet joggers that are incredibly cozy, yet can be dressed up instantly when needed. Another flexible options is to find a cute jumpsuit with a drawstring waist that can be adjusted once you’ve commenced the much anticipated meal. Again, when styling something that has a bit of give, it’s important to wear some more fitted items to make sure you don’t look like a sack of mashed potatoes. Keep it simple, remember black is your friend, and a little bit of jewelry can go a long way. Under no circumstances should you wear skinny jeans or a skin tight dress, as this will just end in overwhelming discomfort, trust me.

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Audrey StantonAudrey Stanton was born and raised in the Bay Area and is currently based in Los Angeles. She has attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, London College of Fashion, and received a BFA in costume design from the California Institute of the Arts. Audrey is deeply passionate about conscious fashion and hopes to continue to spread awareness and love for ethical consumption. Visit her blog and follow her on Instagram for lots of #slowfashion inspiration!


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