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style / mindset / simplicity
It's almost Thanksgiving. That yummy Thursday in November when Americans observe the harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621.
Modern Thanksgiving is an interesting mix of wonderful traditions shared with family and friends. The bulk of the festivities tend to center around a large, special feast. Usually, the rest of the day includes a combination of parade viewing, football (playing or watching), napping
and the recently added trend of way-too-'early-bird' holiday shopping!
As a side note: my advice is to stay home and savor the slowness of
this unique holiday. Get a good night's sleep...and storm the stores at
dawn on Black Friday instead:-)
Thanksgiving is a day when you may visit with dear friends and seldom-seen family members. It's a day when you want to look your best...but often have a huge list of things to do! If you're not hosting, you might face a long day of travel before you arrive at your destination.
Given all of the 'stuff' that goes along with Thanksgiving, it can be challenging to pick the right outfit.
Are you wondering what to wear?
Let's break it down and make it easy as pie.
My tips for looking and feeling great on Turkey Day:
1. Comfort! This is the most important factor when getting dressed for this holiday. Whether you'll be in your own home or someone else's... (or even in a restaurant) wear something comfortable. Why? Because it's a day to be cozy and at ease. Thanksgiving Day is all about family and friends...
chilling together. And...it's centers around eating a huge meal!
Tight clothing has no place at this gathering. Opt for loose or stretchy garments that will be forgiving after a slice (or two) of pumpkin pie.
2. Layers- Be sure to dress in layers. You could easily find yourself dealing with several different 'climates' during the day. Outside, it can be quite cold on Thanksgiving in many areas of the country. Inside, well, the oven's been on all day...the house is full of people and there could likely be a fire roaring in the fireplace. All of a sudden you'll be roasting! If your only layer is a super chunky, wool sweater, you might wish you could borrow a t-shirt from the hostess or eat your dinner on the deck.
On top: Opt for layering pieces so that your outfit still looks great even if you overheat and need to remove a few items. Think blouse or even sleeveless top with a simple necklace. Then add a sweater, blazer or vest. Finish with a scarf!
On bottom: Go for stretch. If your skinny jeans are super comfortable...wear them. If not, choose a pair of soft trousers, boyfriend jeans or corduroys.
A top that falls below your waistband can be a life-saver when it's time to unbutton your pants:-)
Dresses and tunics: Great choice for Thanksgiving. Put on an easy dress
or stylish tunic paired with tights/leggings and boots. Perfect for the day ahead. Just remember to have an extra layer handy...a scarf or sweater will give you some temperature wiggle room.
3. Autumnal colors- This is kind of your last chance to rock the fall colors. As soon as the clock strikes midnight... the holiday season will begin! Browns, oranges and deep berry tones will give way to serious sparkle
and shine for the month of December.
So, if you have a favorite 'fall' piece...wear it for Thanksgiving.
4. Clean, pretty socks- Increasingly, I find that many homes are becoming 'shoe free' zones. Be sure to wear a pair of socks that you're proud to show off in case your hostess prefers that you leave your shoes by the front door.
I am beyond blessed and grateful for all of you who take the time to
read my words here. Thank you from the bottom of my very full heart.
Wishing you safe travels, good conversation,
real laughter and plentiful, delicious dining.
And if you're venturing out to shop on Black Friday...please be patient
with those of us who work retail:-) It's a crazy day and we promise to
do the best we can to make it fun for you! I'll be Personal Styling at Anthropologie...can't wait!