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 I 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 a Thanksgiving outfit
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.
I’m 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.
Ashley (above) wears an outfit which perfectly blends comfort with style.
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.
Patricia (above) wears an outfit which would be perfect for a lunch out.
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.
Jona (above) wears a silky shirt with on-trend plaid pants, and she adds a touch of luxury with her designer handbag.
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.
Kim (above) perfectly teams her velvet skirt with a cozy sweater and leather jacket for a combination of textures which works well together.
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.
Oxana (above) opts for red jeans worn with pointed flats.
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.
Tanasha (above) wears a stylish raincoat over her jeans.
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.
Cheryl (above) teams her skirt with a loose top and flat loafers.
Outfits for all Thanksgiving scenarios
I’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 at the bottom of this article which feature the clothes and accessories used here in this Thanksgiving capsule.
Don’t forget to let me know what you are wearing this Thanksgiving in the comments at the bottom.
Thanksgiving dinner outfit: Jeans and a velvet top
Velvet is always a beautiful option for Thanksgiving. You could either choose a more formal option such as a velvet dress, or you could keep your look more casual by opting for a pair of jeans worn with a velvet top.
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.
Poncho and pants
To add a bit of warmth while looking nonchalantly elegant, how about adding a poncho? Robin (above) choosing a red poncho with faux fur trim to wear with her jeans and booties.
A dress with a long vest and booties
If you do want to wear a dress for thanksgiving, how about adding an extra element with a long, sleeveless vest? This can not only add interest to your outfit, but can also create long, lean lines to make you look taller and slimmer (if you would like to).
Kylie (above) wears a gray sleeveless vest over her pale pink dress. She makes sure her outfit is winter appropriate by adding tights and booties.
Wide leg pants and block heel mules
A red coat and matching skirt or pants
Red is always a beautiful option for the festive season. Monika (above) looks beautiful in her single-breasted scarlet coat, and picks up the red in her skirt.
If you don’t want to choose bright red, you could always opt for a deeper burgundy shade, which is always a lovely look in autumnal and winter weather.
Take a look at how to wear red for more inspiration.
Sweater dress with leggings and boots
When it’s cold outside, it can be tempting to ditch your dresses when thinking about how to dress for Thanksgiving. However, how about choosing a warm sweater dress like Anita (above)?
You’ll find more choices here in this article on the warmest dresses for winter.
Warm jacket and winter leggings
Perhaps you’ll be spending your Thanksgiving in the great outdoors. If you and your family love to go for a walk after your dinner, you’ll be needing a warm outfit.
Abi (above) wears a quilted coat with her lace-up snow boots.
Perhaps you won’t be going anywhere at all for Thanksgiving. Many of you are at home more than usual right now. So, you may prefer luxurious loungewear rather than a “going out” outfit.
Julie (above) looks stylish, cozy and comfortable in her slouchy sweater and wide-legged pants.
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.
Read our ultimate guide to creating a capsule wardrobe that works best for you.
Do you know how you will dress for Thanksgiving yet? I’d love to hear about your Thanksgiving outfits in the comments below
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