What Should I Wear for Thanksgiving Dinner?

It’s Thanksgiving week. Have you decided what you’ll be wearing to Thanksgiving dinner? Now if you’re hosting and cooking dinner for your family, you’ll probably wear something different than if you’re invited to a non-relative’s house. If you have a very casual family, you’ll probably wear something different than if you have a family that dresses up in most situations.

Now I’m even more confused! You just made my week more stressful! Let me take the stress out of it by showing you some examples of different outfits for different Thanksgiving dinner situations.


First we’ll talk about the semi-dressy Thanksgiving dinners where jeans and a t-shirt just won’t do. If you’ve been invited to someone’s house for a sumptuous feast, you can get dolled up without needing to worry about getting food all over it since you’re not hosting. Since your host/hostess has done most of the work, show your respect and appreciation by looking fabulous.

This is a very pretty satin blouse (feel free to change color to something lighter that coordinates with pants) which doesn’t have a lot of detail so you can add a statement necklace. The pants are fun, refined leopard print made out of a silk blend. You could of course wear another refined (read no denim) printed material. The look you’re going for here is sophisticated with a little bit of sass.

The next dressy outfit is for the hostess who has done quite a bit of the cooking (even if you’re having everyone bring something, you’ve still done a ton of work). You’ll be doing more last minute things in the kitchen so you definitely don’t want to wear white or a pastel solid that could show any drips that may happen. This is a moment for you to shine and be the belle of the ball. This brushstroke print sheath dress won’t show any drips or slips and will provide you with many compliments.

Since you’ll be on your feet quite a bit, if you can’t stand the thought of heels, choose a pair of dressy flats or kitten heels. To complete this look, you really just need a pair of earrings since the print speaks for itself.


Next we’ll switch to a more casual Thanksgiving dinner. Even if this is with family, let’s put a bit of effort into how you look. If you’re the most dressed up person in the group, so be it. You can start a new tradition! This look is for when you’re going over to one of your relative’s homes for dinner. It’s always better to have a little bling and this sweater does just that in an understated way. The best thing about this top is that it has an easy fit so you don’t need to hold your stomach in the whole day. The look shows leather pants and of course you can do that, or you can switch them out for dark wash jeans (no holes or rips). Add some festive earrings and booties, and you’re all set.

Last but not least, let’s talk about a casual hostess outfit. You’ve done tons of work to make this dinner possible, so let’s make sure you look as fabulous as the food tastes. This look I chose is all about the sweater/cardigan. It speaks for itself with an understated sequin leopard print. It has 3/4 length sleeves so you won’t be dipping them into the gravy. You can either wear this with a knee length skirt or dark wash jeans with no rips or holes. Add a pair of fun flats and a pair of coordinating earrings and you’re the hostess with the mostest.


I’m throwing in one more Thanksgiving dinner option at no charge. This look is if you’re going to a more formal dinner that’s at dinner time, around 6pm or 7pm. You are not the host but you are an esteemed guest and need to look the part. I’ve chosen 2 dresses (so it’s really 2 options). One is quite form fitting and you’ll need to wear undergarments that pull you in such as Spanx. The other is more forgiving, although just as lovely. You’ll be able to enjoy the food and not worry about everyone seeing every single bite you take.


Really, choosing what to wear to Thanksgiving dinner is as easy as choosing semi-dressy, casual or quite dressy. Choose your scenario and put together an outfit using the example. Easy as pie! Happy Thanksgiving!

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