Be Better Dressed Than the Turkey This Thanksgiving: Ten Outfits for Dinner

If cartoon children are better dressed for Thanksgiving than you are, go shopping.
If cartoon children are better dressed for Thanksgiving than you are, go shopping.
Photos courtesy of Frances Brundage

Unless you are glamping in Big Bend for Thanksgiving, you will probably need something fancy to wear to dinner next Thursday. Dudes have it kind of easy--a flick of the button and the pants are loose, and ready to accommodate another heaping helping of turkey and stuffing.

For the ladies, lookin' glam and dressing for a daylong feast can be more of a challenge--and some of us are just not sweatpants-at-Thanksgiving kind of gals. You can dress for dinner--and go in for a second plate--with one of these ten adorable Thanksgiving looks.

Take the A-Line

You cannot lose with an A-line dress on any day, and certainly not on Thanksgiving Day. The simple, figure-flattering A-line will stay comfy all day long. Both of these dresses will look great with or without tights, but boots seem like a must--it's fall, after all.

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Save: This H&M A-Line Dress ($29.95) is more than a save--it's a steal. In 'Camel' or 'Turquoise', the skirt has a little extra swing-and-flare that makes it fun to wear; leave loose for complete comfort, or belt at the waist for more definition.

Spend: If you're going to spend $375 on the amazing David Peck 'Portales' dress from his Fall/Winter 2014 collection, please give it to me. This dress is beyond versatile--date night, to the office, or on the weekend with a little sweater and some flats--making it worth the splurge.

Wrap It Up

Wrap dresses are pretty much universally flattering, and the drape offers that much more camouflage when engaged in marathon eating sessions. If you really want to spend, go for the classic and iconic Diane von Furstenberg; if you want to save, check out one of these two options:

Maxi-length: Perfect for fall's cooler temperatures, the Charlotte Maxi Wrap Dress in Chevron from Langford Market ($79.90). The '70s vibe imparted through both the color and the chevron pattern is very on-trend, and will easily take you from fall straight through winter.

Knee-length: If maxi-dresses aren't your thing, the Shabby Apple Gemma Dress ($76) is a more classic wrap dress construction. Knee-length, fit-and-flare, three-quarter sleeves--it's as DVF as it gets without actually being DVF.

Tunics a Tonic

Tunics and tops over pants or leggings is another good option for Thanksgiving Day. Please note: TIGHTS ARE NOT PANTS. Opacity people--it's important. (Frankly, the best leggings are seamless workout versions in a matte fabric. The best pair I've ever found were from a GAP outlet in Upstate New York.) For a mere $50, you can score either one of these tunics--online, or on W. 19 Street in the Heights:

Cappuccino in the Park at Emerson Rose: Works great with leggings or jeans, plus this tunic has a built-in waistband (throw a belt on top if elasticized isn't your thing) to prevent it from going full-nightgown.

Gemma Top in Blue at Langford Market: The single inverted pleat on the front of this top is a great detail, and the total look is neat and roomy without being boxy.

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Tall or Small

Proportion is key, as tall and small girls well know. A dress can quickly turn into a shirt for tall girls--kind of a bummer, when you aren't wearing pants. And short girls know all the verses to the "Everything Fits But the Sleeves" (or waist, or inseam) song!

Tall Gals: Check out the ASOS Tall Midi Dress with Obi Belt; you can score a deal by choosing the black for $56.85, or go with red or cobalt for $75.80. The relaxed fit is perfect for Thanksgiving, and wide-cut kimono sleeves won't drag through the gravy.

Small Girls: If you don't buy this ASOS Petite Pencil Dress with Drape Top for Thanksgiving, you should buy it just because--it's freaking precious. The mix of prints is unique, and the natural fit of the dress is flattering but not body-hugging, so you really can rock a second helping of the carbohydrate of your choice.

It's Not a Food Baby

If you're eating Thanksgiving dinner for two, you definitely want to be as comfortable as humanly possible. Maternity wear is so much cuter these days, and the bestselling Seraphine dress at Pickles & Ice Cream is a great example. The orchid color is universally flattering, while the knotted top and draping enhance--rather than hide--that "baby bump" the Internet is so wild about. The top is also designed for easy nursing, so you'll get your $99 worth, and then some.


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