At the risk of sounding like a holiday fashion geek, I like getting dressed for Thanksgiving. Perhaps this fascination stems from a nostalgic want to be a Preppy-chic It Girl - boarding school in New England will do that to you - it's a hard style image to shake. Or maybe it's the idea of pairing tights, boots, beads, and cashmere in an easy-peasy-breezy sophisticated way. It's a toss-up. Either way, as a former expat gearing up for an all-Americana holiday, sporting a meal-appropriate ensemble is likely a natural and well-received choice as serving pecan pie.
Here are some of my favorite options based on which dinner table I find myself a guest at.
At my house:
The easiest part of hosting Thanksgiving is a justified excuse to park yourself at the table sporting jeans, that Fabletics hoodie you were everywhere, a lazy pony and an apron. It may be a faux pas, but after being a haus frau all day - it's your party and you'll wear what you want to. This is my fave option for dinner at The Homesteadista's. A simple cashmere dress that’s not too serious, or a sweater and skirt combo in camel/espresso with a touch of vintage jewelry and fun stilettos. Dramatic and yet effortless - an easy transition from haus frau to hostess.
boss's, my SO parents' or friend's house:
For a look that is respectful yet stylist for say a pre-dinner cocktail party at your boss' house, look for tailored pieces such as a fitted wool crepe dress, but in burnt orange or rose instead of black. Pretty in pink without being cutesy - polished and soft. Save the edgy black and structured uniform for Monday. Another option – save the pops of color for the shoes and throw in some rich textures like a fur collar or thick shiny belt without looking out of place.
For more relaxed gatherings, like say a Friendsgiving Party with your peer-parent-posse, or dinner at the in-laws with Aunt Vanessa and Uncle Jake, mobility is key. You'll be more comfortable (and grateful) in pieces that are layered or universally chic without being too event specific. Strive for easy breezy yet crisp and chic like a late autumn afternoon.
At a restaurant:
Eating out on Thanksgiving Day may be the smartest choice for a large kid-friendly, multi-generational dining experience. Most fine dining restaurants offer a holiday pre-fix meal and as a former New Yorker, dining out has become popular (and shameless) option for urbanites who have limited house-space. Biggest benefit - no clean up!!! Try a fabulous coat (to make an entrance), gem-stone colored jeans, oversized tartan smock, a bright formal jacket, stilettos.
Let's remember, what's most important is not what you wear or where you dine this holiday. As long as you are with people who matter dearly to you and that as much as possible, you let them know this.
Be generous with your gratitude. It's the best way to live.