Best Thanksgiving outfits for 2015

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Dark denim and some simple brown riding boots are a great way to compliment a casual, but trendy Thanksgiving outfit.

Whether your family’s Thanksgiving dinner tradition consists of a low-key buffet or dressed-up soiree, you’ll want to feel comfortable enough to enjoy the day’s festivities without any hindrances. Since you could end up either couch-bound in a food-induced coma or playing football in the yard, comfort is key, and you should plan your outfit accordingly. That doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t look chic and pulled together for the day of gratitude, but it does mean that a bit of planning is required to create an outfit that walks the line between being too overdressed and too underdressed. So, keep reading for some trendy ideas on how to look cute and feel comfortable on turkey day. Here’s the best Thanksgiving outfits for 2015!

For starters, forgo any outfit with a restricting waistline or skin-hugging silhouette. For a day that could involve anything from lending a hand in the kitchen to joining in a game of tag to stuffing down the last piece of pecan pie, the last thing you want to be worrying about is feeling constrained around your midsection. Opting for a loose and layered outfit is much more practical. For example, olive-green leggings, a cozy cream-colored sweater, a plaid blanket scarf, and low-heel camel boots create the perfect outfit combination for a warm dinner with the family, followed by a game of tag football. Another take on this outfit might include black leggings paired with a burgundy plaid button-up dress, a black leather fringe belt tied loosely around the waist, and riding boots. If you are the type of person who gravitates towards jeans for a casual get-together, wear your favorite dark denim, an autumn-colored sweater and a contrasting white-wash denim button-up shirt tucked underneath. Top the look off with a chucky necklace and riding boots, booties, or flats.

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A printed shirt or pant can be a great way to dress up without being uncomfortable in a dress or itchy turtleneck.

If you are the one hosting Thanksgiving dinner, the same “comfort-first” rules apply. However, you may want to make a few modifications, such as starting out the morning in yoga pants, a sweatshirt, and memory foam slippers. Thanksgiving tends to be a long day, and with kids and relatives around, every minute of extra comfort counts (you can always slip away and change just minutes before the festivities begin). As the hostess, a slightly dressier outfit might be more appropriate for dinner; for example, try printed ankle pants paired with an embellished sweater or turtleneck, and low pump heels. For a touch of sophistication, add a silk scarf and sparkly gold cuff bracelet to the mix – both accessories will catch a glow beneath the soft dining room lighting. If you are more comfortable donning your favorite black dress for the occasion, take it down a few notches by adding a denim jacket, ballet flats, and a long necklace.

When you are working up a recipe for the perfect Thanksgiving outfit, keep in mind these few no-fail color and fabric combinations for fall holiday fashion. Anything leather – boots, belts, bags, and jackets – looks best in brown tones such as camel, cognac and chocolate. For leggings, pants, midi skirts, and A-line mini skirts, search for thicker fabrics (such as wool blends) in colors like black, olive green, burgundy, and slate grey. For chunky cable sweaters and fitted turtlenecks, seek out colors like cream, mustard, navy, gold, brown, and taupe. Patterns for blouses or dresses could consist of autumn-inspired plaids, brown/cream herringbone, black/white houndstooth, and florals. Choose vests and outerwear that are adorned with faux fur accents. In addition, always be ready to throw a chunky cardigan sweater or leather jacket over your shoulders when the temperatures begin to drop, and if you are wearing boots, be sure to bring an extra pair of ballet flats in case you get uncomfortable.

Regardless of whether you are hosting or attending a Thanksgiving feast, it’s sure to be a fun-filled day of pigging out and endless family photo ops. Although your outfit must cover a lot of ground – from dining, to napping, to second helpings, to outdoor activities, and maybe even Black Friday shopping – looking and feeling your best will only add to the excitement of the holiday season.

Kristin Hauch-Melton

Kristin Hauch-Melton is a writer and communications consultant. She earned a degree in Communications and Business from University of North Florida, serves on the board for the Fayette Chamber of Commerce and lives in Peachtree City with her husband, horse, and dog.

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