What to Wear for Thanksgiving: Comfort Without Sacrificing Style

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Here's the thing: I love Thanksgiving. I love getting friends and family together. I love entertaining. I love having a good reason to clean the house.

Oh, I can't fool you guys. You know the truth -- I love the food. The mimosas in the morning, the cheese plate around noon, and, you know, dinner. And pie. And perhaps pie again.


But, all of this cooking and eating and socializing sometimes makes it difficult to decide how to dress. I've run into three main issues in my experience, and I've come up with an outfit that solves them all, which means you can be nice and comfy and still look like a knockout in the family photo.

The outfit: Stretchy leggings (and they don't have to be fancy -- check out these at Old Navy for $8), flowy tank (along the lines of Banana Republic's Silk Floral Print V-neck, $59.99), slim-fit blazer (look for a fit like this Aryn K Chain Trim Knit Jacket, $98 at Nordstrom).

Now, here's why it works.

Overeating - This is the main complaint I hear amongst my friends. You know the drill -- you put on a super cute, perfectly-fitting outfit in the morning, but by 2 p.m., you're begging to borrow your grandpa's sweatpants. I mean, I'm sure you look adorable in your skinny jeans, but why not trade them in for leggings with some stretch? And while the flowy tank will hide the pumpkin pie baby, the (unbuttoned) tailored blazer will define your shape without adding any discomfort.

Spills and splashes - You're lending a hand in the kitchen, and next thing you know, the potatoes have mashed themselves all over the kitchen, landing bits and pieces all over your carefully curated outfit. Don't worry -- you've got a patterned top, which hides a multitude of spillage sins. The darker and busier your print, the more you can get away with. And, while the top I chose was silk, you might want to consider something a bit easier to spot clean in the bathroom if this is a big concern. Or, you know, just find a cute apron and don't sweat the splashes!

Overheated - When you have so many things baking and cooking and 12 people crowded into the kitchen, plus you turned the heat on because it's already snowing outside, the temperature in the house is bound to be a bit wonky. If you're layered up, though, it's not such a big deal. If you tend to get chilly, add a scarf or pashmina to your ensemble, or, if you're more likely to get a little sweaty (hey, Thanksgiving in some households is a contact sport!), make sure the tank or shell you choose is lightweight and breathable.

Last piece of advice -- if your shoes are the tiniest bit snug in the morning, find a different pair, especially if you'll be on your feet cooking much of the day. Between that and the alcohol and the sodium, my feet always end up a bit swollen, and I curse myself when I wear snug heels or boots. After all, it's hard to be thankful for, well, anything when your toes are being pinched!

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