Food, family, friends, and fashion. All your favorite things combined in one day. Yes, it could only be Thanksgiving. It will be here before you know it. So, let’s discover plenty of ideas on how to dress for Thanksgiving.
You’ll find lots of examples below of Thanksgiving outfits for women over 40 to give you inspiration whether you will be spending a casual day with friends and family or you’re heading out for a more formal dinner.
How to dress for thanksgiving
Along with the decision about whether to eat in or out, the big question is how to choose what to wear for Thanksgiving.
In this article, we will show you how to dress for Thanksgiving and give you plenty of Thanksgiving outfits to choose from.
After all, if you’ve already sorted out the perfect Thanksgiving outfit, you can turn your attention to how you are going to cook your turkey. Or who is going to cook it for you?
How to choose Thanksgiving outfits
As well as how your outfit looks, there are a number of considerations to take into account.
Think about comfort
You will want to make sure that your outfit not only looks good but is comfortable.
We’re sure you’ve joked about having to loosen your pants or move where your belt is fastened by a notch. If you are planning a big meal, you won’t want to wear anything that will be uncomfortable on your belly.
You also might want to sit on the floor and play a board game with family, for example, or you might want to go for a walk after lunch.
Adaline @sdmomstyles above opts for a look that would take her to any occasion from lunch with family to the office. You can alter your outfit with different accessories.
What will you be doing at Thanksgiving?
Does your family traditionally get together at home before heading out for a walk together, for example?
Or will you be going out to a fancy restaurant for a Thanksgiving dinner? What you wear will reflect the occasion.
Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?
If you’re the hostess with the mostess, you may find you are rushing between kitchen and dining room.
So make sure your outfit is comfortable and allows you to move freely. You can, of course, still wear a skirt rather than pants if you prefer. Just make sure you are comfortable.
Keep the weather in mind when considering what to wear for Thanksgiving dinner
Thanksgiving tends to be when the weather starts to change.
Make sure you take the weather into account unless you’re planning on staying indoors all day in front of a cozy fire, of course.
Add some subtle glamour
Even if your Thanksgiving tends to be a fairly casual affair, you can always add a little bit of glamour with your accessories, or you could choose a silk shirt instead of cotton, for example, to add a feeling of luxe.
You will still be just as comfortable, but you will have given your style a little festive flair.
Think about color and texture
As it’s the festive season, you could opt to wear a bold red or choose a texture or material traditionally thought of as party wear, such as velvet or jacquard.
You can still wear jeans and a sweater for Thanksgiving
Of course, you can still be comfortable but you can up the style stakes by choosing red jeans and a cashmere sweater, for example, rather than your everyday blue denim and sweatshirt.
Carmen @carmen_gimeno above dresses up her jeans with on-trend Mary Jane shoes and the flower on her blazer.
Outfits for all Thanksgiving scenarios
We’ve assumed that you’re either at home with family and friends or you’re heading out to a restaurant this Thanksgiving to put together this capsule, but you’ll find options here which should suit the occasion no matter what you are doing.
You can mix and match these outfits to take you from the most casual of family days to the most dressed up of occasions.
You can simply up the refinement levels by pairing a lace blouse with a midi skirt, for example, or you can dress it down a bit by wearing a velvet dress with a cardigan.
There are hundreds of combinations, but you’ll find 9 suggested outfits in this article which feature the clothes and accessories used in our Thanksgiving capsule.
Don’t forget to let us know what you are wearing this Thanksgiving in the comments at the bottom.
Thanksgiving dinner outfit: Jeans and a sequin top
Choosing a special top to wear with your jeans and pants is an easy way to stay comfortable and stylish for Thanksgiving. A wrap top is a flattering style for all figures.
Thanksgiving Day dresses: a sweater dress
If you’re worried about feeling cold but you want to wear a dress, a sweater dress could be the perfect option. Wear with long boots if you want to stay extra warm.
A flowy jumpsuit
While it can feel traditional to wear a dress for a party, no matter how small the gathering, you could choose a jumpsuit instead.
You can alter the formality of your jumpsuit by wearing with heels or sneakers, for example, or with a faux fur jacket, blazer or cardigan. If you opt for a strapless jumpsuit, you would wear a white shirt underneath.
graphic print jacket and pants
Add interest to your outfit by choosing a modern print. Choose velvet pants for a festive look.
thanksgiving dresses: print dress
You could easily wear the dress below for winter by adding long boots, for parties with heels, and then keep it for the warmer months with flat loafers or pumps.
Karen @styledbykaren above shows how you can style a dress you might usually wear in summer with tights and booties for cooler weather.
You’ll find more choices here in this article on the warmest dresses for winter.
Wide leg pants and silk top
Wide legged pants can look just as glamorous as a dress and are particularly on trend right now. Wear with a silky top, and tuck your top in to make your legs look extra long.
Elie Tahari The Leslie Velvet Blazer – BOSS Washed Silk Blouse – Misook Woven Wide-Leg Pants – Bernardo Nili Cutout Sandals – COACH Floral Printed Leather Small Wristlet – Tory Burch Mismatched Linear Drop Earrings
If you’re heading out at all during Thanksgiving, you’ll need a cozy coat. Perfect for cold weather walks.
Dawn Levy Vera Down Shearling Jacket – J.Crew Cashmere Shrunken Cable Knit Sweater – Hudson Jeans Nico Slim-Straight Ankle Jeans – SOREL Kinetic Impact™ Conquest Aurora Waterproof Boots – Aimee Kestenberg Tamitha Leather Backpack – Madewell Puffy Hoop Earrings – rag & bone Blake Wool-Blend Beanie
sweater and skirt
Take a dressy skirt and add casual touches with a sweater and sneakers for a perfectly balanced outfit.
Take a look at how to wear red for more inspiration.
Perhaps you won’t be going anywhere at all for Thanksgiving. If you are at home, you may prefer luxurious loungewear rather than a “going out” outfit.
You’ll find more loungewear inspiration in the best loungewear for women over 40.
9 fabulous outfits you can wear for Thanksgiving
There are so many different ways you could combine these pieces so they are suitable not just for Thanksgiving, but to take you through winter and fall.
Below are nine ideas to get you started.
You can mix and match any of the tops and coats with any of the bottoms. You can change the formality of your outfit with the coat and shoes you choose.
shop the best pieces to wear on thanksgiving:
Read our ultimate guide to creating a capsule wardrobe that works best for you.
Below is an earlier Thanksgiving capsule we put together. While it is past season, it should still give you inspiration.
Do you know how you will dress for Thanksgiving yet? I’d love to hear about your Thanksgiving outfits in the comments below. Let me know your how to dress for thanksgiving ideas…
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