November 21st, 2012
Holidays, Style Inspiration, What to Wear
Fall 2012 Style Inspiration: What to Wear to Thanksgiving Dinner
By Claire

Thanksgiving is this Thursday!
Are you doing anything fun? I’m spending mine with family and friends here in NYC, but it seems a lot of you are meeting your boo’s parents for the first time or twirling at dressier affairs!
Hadassah writes, “Claire, please come to my rescue. My boyfriend has invited me to spend Thanksgiving with him and his family. I have only met his parents once before and I don’t think I was dressed appropriately for the impromtu introduction (sassy, low cut maxi dress). Please give me some ideas how I can appear effortlessly chic and comfy while making up for the last time we met.”


Go for safe and comfortable in a chunky off-the-shoulder sweater and heavy weight leather look leggings from Topshop. Show you’re hip to what’s hot with a pair of H&M x Margiela wedge booties, oxblood accents, and a Melody Ehsani Somebody ID bracelet.

If you were wearing something low cut the first go round, head in the opposite direction with this perfectly innocent and holiday ready $148 Fair Isle Ski Sweater from J.Crew:

Offset the patterned sweater with a white button down and bright blue corduroy pants (keep it cheerful). Add a dash of fashion with leopard wedge booties by Diane von Furstenberg (black shoes will work, too) and Ta-Da Kate Spade studs (we threw in the mens version of the J.Crew ski sweater in case you and your man want to match):

Want to give off a bit more of a grown up vibe? Bet on neutral gray, whether rocking a Malene Birger Reindeer Cardigan with jeans or a super comfortable Stella McCartney Intarsia Sweater Dress:

If you feel up to it, slip on a pair of reasonable heels. These booties by Michael Antonio are a steal at $30:

If you’re headed to a restaurant for dinner, slip a snazzy jacket over a white shirt, and complete with a skirt with an elastic waistband (leave room for turkey!):

Exude Obama chic in flats, or opt for heels (love these Prada ankle booties). Cozy up in a cute faux fur coat:

Lastly, if comfort is your only concern, you can’t go wrong with a pair of leggings and an oversized sweater:

Finish with sneaker wedges or flats boots:

I’ll mostly likely be going the jeans and sweater route.
What about you?
Need more inspiration? Take a look at our Thanksgiving Style Inspiration from 2010.

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29 Responses to “Fall 2012 Style Inspiration: What to Wear to Thanksgiving Dinner”

  1. Brittani says:

    I love the DVF Shoes!

  2. Cute looks all around, but please don’t wear matching sweaters!

  3. Dee says:

    Love each one!

  4. binks says:

    Lol @ sun.kissed on no matching sweaters. I like the selections I personally go for the sweater dress route paired with nice booties… easy but classic.

  5. Reese says:

    I don’t like any of these combos. I always look to you for inspiration first but this just ain’t my style. Love your site :)

  6. t-fal says:

    Cute looks! i go for sweater dresses too, especially because I host/cook

  7. M1zzdlady says:

    Not feeling any of these looks.

  8. Anonymous says:

    The looks are great but they all use patterns. Would like to see some looks using solid colors in the post. But nonetheless I greatly appreciate the extensive research/work that goes into putting these together (this is my favorite section of FBD : )

  9. Eva says:

    The reindeer sweater and booties are so me! I’m headed to the inlaws…. so I need to be comfy and cute. Love it!

  10. These are all super chic and cute but(with the exception of the going out ensemble) they all seem a tad dressy to be with family or to meet someone else’s? Or it could be my friends + boyfriend’s families & mine are just super casual with one another lol. Either way, the looks are super cute a variety of different styles. ;)

  11. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Claire! I LOVE the first look! (totally me!). I’m going with that to spend time with the bf’s fam this Thanksgiving :-)

  12. Keesh says:

    Love it! First look is deff my fav!

  13. the first look is so necessary! j’adore :D

  14. Neesiepoo says:

    I love the first and last looks. I guess some ppl expect Claire to basically style them. These are inspiration posts. She’s just giving you ideas. Tweek them and make the outfits for you. Smh.

  15. Truth Teller says:

    LOVE ALL OF THESE LOOKS IF YOU DONT LIKE IT SIMPLY JUST DON’T BUY IT PLAIN AND SIMPLE. YOU ARE FREE TO WEAR W/E YOU LIKE

  16. ShopHushHair says:

    Loving the first outfit!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Its so funny if you express your opinion on this site people attack you. If people don’t like the looks that’s fine. All the sassy comments need to end.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I wish sweaters were an option in South Texas! It’s still flippin hot down here!

  19. Reese says:

    Thanks for adding that 1st look!

  20. Cherokee says:

    First and fourth look are my favs. I am stealing the 4th look for an Xmas party at the bestie’s. So chic. Thanks and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  21. Claire says:

    @Reese yes, I knew I had to! My feelings were a little bruised when noone liked my first options. I figured I’d try one mo gain.
    Happy Turkey Day, y’all!

  22. DarkEmpress says:

    The only outfit above that is thanksgiving worthy is the sweater dress. Anyone who likes to eat at thanksgiving does not want to be wearing skin tight pants!

  23. Annie says:

    Claire where is the sweater from in the first look? If its rather expensive, can you give some more affordable options? Thanks!

  24. Rebecca says:

    Not really liking these looks… Love the prices separately though

  25. Rebecca says:

    Pieces **

  26. Lmao says:

    What’s not to like? They’re casual looks for eating food. Not rocket science…

  27. Joanna says:

    Yes Please! To the first outfit :)

  28. Reese says:

    @Claire, you’re the best! Thanks for not taking it personal. I truly love your site.

  29. Denitsa says:

    Great! Really like the 3rd one :)

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