What To Wear: Thanksgiving Day

By Lisa Miller

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Clothing and accessory photos courtesy of retailers; sock bun photo courtesy of idiva.com.

Last year, we featured a dressier Thanksgiving look that was more suited to a formal holiday dinner. It’s still in style, so click the link to get inspired if this is the way your family rolls. However, if your gathering goes the way of sweaters and jeans, we’ve got something just as easy – but much cuter.

Let’s start with comfort

Stretchy fabrics make bending over to get things out of the oven easy, and they won’t feel like a vice around your mid-section when that post-meal bloat sets in. The leggings and soft top we’ve chosen will allow you to move freely – and they won’t need to constantly be adjusted, tucked in or pulled up.

Wear it again

Requiring minimum time and effort to put together, our no-fuss outfit will easily transfer to a mom’s everyday life. Think play dates, meeting a friend for coffee, lounging around the house, or running errands.

Get the look

Infinity scarf ($26.00/JCPenney)

Infinity scarves are everywhere these days, probably because they’re so easy to wear. They can add polish to a fitted t-shirt, help cover up a low-cut top or give personality to an otherwise “plain” outfit.

T-shirt dress ($44.00/Soul Flower)

This t-shirt dress has just enough shape to make it perfect for mommies. Fitted at the waist and flared at the hips, it skims over the typical problem areas. It’s long enough to cover the butt and crotch (two areas you never want to show while wearing leggings) and can even hide the thighs (depending on your height). Did we mention that this dress is also made of incredibly soft organic cotton?

Leggings ($14.50/Amazon)

The beauty of these leggings is that they are high-waisted which means you can say goodbye to muffin top and won’t have to deal with the elastic waistband cutting off your circulation after a big meal. And, because they’re thin, you won’t be sweating to death in the hot kitchen all day. However, you will need to be sure to wear them with a long top as they are a bit see-through. Added bonus: As a busy mom, we understand that as much as you like to look your best, you will probably be more concerned with the turkey’s drumsticks on Thanksgiving than your own. No time to shave your legs? Don’t worry. With these leggings from Kiwi, any stubble will be our little secret.

Sock bun with braid ($3.49 for kit/Walgreens)

Sock buns make quick work of a polished up-do. This style will not only keep you cool while cooking, it will keep your hair out of your face – and out of the stuffing. Wear it as an alternative to the ponytail and as a way to keep your infant from tearing your hair out. Adding a braid around the base relaxes the formal ballerina style.

Purse ($65.99/Leather Belongings)

Such a neutral outfit screams for a colorful handbag. In Samba, this Pantone-approved handbag answers the call.

Sweater ($87.99/Macy’s)

Getting chilly? Slip on this v-neck sweater. Reviews say it “hangs just right and pairs perfectly with jeans, leggings, and boots.” They run small, so order a size up.

Earrings ($4.80/Forever 21)

Earrings work well with up-dos. Try the Mod Dangle Earrings in gold and mint.

Socks ($12.90 for 2 pair/Uniqlo)

Soft, cozy boot socks are always in demand during the colder months. The charcoal color has a nice tone-on-tone pattern adding interest to the neutral look.

Boots ($199.95/Shoe Buy)

I am in love with these Merrell boots in Espresso! Merrell boots are true to size and incredibly comfortable. I wear mine daily now that the cold has set in.

Oven mitts ($15.95/ETSY)

Let’s not forget the most practical accessory for cooking and serving Thanksgiving dinner – oven mitts. I received a similar pair as a gift a few years ago and was instantly smitten. They are the perfect size and shape, not unruly like their mitten-shaped brethren.

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