Thanksgiving can be a tricky holiday to dress for. There are the demands of a family dinner, the potential for a backyard game of football, the promise of plenty of weekend shopping. In order to tackle all these activities with one outfit, you’d do well to make it easy on yourself when it comes down to what to wear for Thanksgiving.
The pieces below strike the right balance between casual (leather boots) and formal (a stylish sport coat), with some versatile pieces thrown in the mix (a cozy cotton shirt). The end result? An ensemble that’s going to serve cocktail hour, Thanksgiving dinner, and perhaps even a few plates of leftovers — no matter what your plans involve this holiday.
All you need to figure out now is what wine to bring.
What to Wear for Thanksgiving
Equal parts casual, cozy, and just “dressed up enough” for Thanksgiving dinner, the Blanket Shirt from Outerknown is made from organic cotton heavyweight twill for extra durability, too. That means this shirt functions well on its own with the sleeves rolled just as well as it does when layered under a blazer or worn atop a thermal shirt. That last one is an ideal combo for a lazy afternoon of turkey sandwiches and football. The best part? You can repurpose it for holiday weekend travel since it’s designed to stand up to wrinkles.
With the fit of your favorite chinos and the look of your favorite jeans (plus just the right amount of stretch) the 365 Pants could be a new personal favorite. That makes them well-suited for the demands of Thanksgiving, from extra dinner helpings to a leisurely holiday movie.
The right jacket can make or break your Thanksgiving ensemble. If your holiday happens to be more laidback, leave the blazer at home. If not, reach for the Grayers Hutton Wool Twill Sportcoat, made from a mobile blend of wool viscose and nylon in a diagonal weave for visual interest and depth. It’s equally wearable over a crisp heather grey pocket tee or a classic cotton twill shirt. And, if you’re worried about the price, don’t be, you’ll have this coat forever.
If you happen to be blessed by pleasant temperatures this Thanksgiving, leave the boots at home. If not, lace up these rugged-yet-versatile cap toe boots from the same brand that makes your favorite dress shoes. The Commando rubber sole and weatherproof leather add an extra dimension of toughness, meaning you can even wear them out and about for Black Friday shopping. And they’re so stylish that they’re bound to impress no matter who happens to be at the dinner table (Reminder: No politics).
Keep your accessories simple but sharp this Thanksgiving with this handsome leather watch. The crisply designed Aviator Watch is subtly stylish but attention-grabbing in its own way, which is just the right balance to strike if you’re traveling to visit your in-laws, for instance. The right accessories sure do finish off an outfit. Let that lesson take you into the New Year.
Hey, we told you that you should keep your accessories simple but sharp. This attainable leather belt from Abercrombie & Fitch harks back to the type of rugged outdoor gear the brand used to make, which is why it’ll add a bit of old-school cool to a classic Thanksgiving ensemble. That’s as easy as it gets when it comes to what to wear for Thanksgiving.
Whether you’re hosting or traveling for Thanksgiving, it simply won’t do to pad around the house in dirty socks or ones with holes, that’s just a fact. The American Trench Merino Activity Socks are designed to fight odor and they’ll look mighty stylish with or without your boots on, naturally.
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