Thanksgiving Outfit Inspiration

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Personally, I find it one of the most exciting, but also one of the most challenging holidays to dress for. If you're hosting, the last thing you want on Thanksgiving morning is to be spending hours searching for the perfect outfit on top of all the madness of cooking and entertaining; if you're a guest, you don't want to be late due to a wardrobe crisis! To make matters worse, Thanksgiving adds a special qualification to any outfit choice - not only does it need to be stylish, but also comfortable for eating (you know what I mean!). That means no restrictive clothing around the midriff, and definitely no belts. 

My plan of attack is generally to plan the perfect outfit in advance. That way I can take my time and enjoy the process of picking something out, but I don't have to stress about it on Thanksgiving day and I can enjoy the festivities and family! 

Here are some of my picks for this year. I've included three different levels of formality, so whether your day is an ultra-casual friendsgiving, a dressier family get-together, or a formal dinner, you'll have something to consider as you create your outfit. Hope you enjoy!

What are your Thanksgiving plans?


Bows on Bows on Bows

shirt: J.Crew (old, similar) // cardigan: J.Crew (old) // pants: Old Navy // bag: vintage (similar) // shoes: H&M (old, similar) // watch: Fossil 

If I had to choose a single motif to wear for the rest of my life, I would have to pick bows. I'm not really sure what draws me to them so much (some would say too much), but I just adore them. If today's outfit isn't a testament to that, I don't know what is. Perhaps the most telling part of this was that it was unintentional ... after I put everything together, I realized that I had not one, not two, but three bow items on. Oops?

Actually, this look started out as an effort to wear two pieces I purchased at the end of last winter and didn't get a chance to wear before the weather got too warm. This bow-print cardigan was part of J.Crew's 2016 winter collection, and I saw it when it first came out but didn't get a chance to scoop it up when it was in stores. At the end of the season, I scored it at a huge discount second-hand (yay!). It's incredibly soft; I didn't realize when I bought it initially that it's actually a cashmere blend, which makes it by far the softest piece of knitwear I have in my wardrobe. I paired it with a pinstripe button-down that has adorable ruffle trim sleeves and a tie-neck (ah, yet another bow; can you ever have too many? I think not). 

Speaking of bows, why not add one more? I've had this black bow bag forever, and it pairs wonderfully with the black bows on the cardigan and my black loafers. 

I'm also wearing these sateen "rockstar" pants from Old Navy. I love their rockstar line for its inclusivity (almost all the styles come in tall, petite, and plus sizes) and comfort. I have these pants in this lovely army green, as well as a burgundy red and they are so comfortable and versatile. I'll definitely be wearing them all throughout this winter, as they're surprisingly warm, too.

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Llama Lovers Club

sweater: J.Crew (vintage) // shirt: Old Navy // skirt: J.Crew // shoes: Old Navy // watch: Fossil // necklace: KJP (old, similar)

Once you get your first llama sweater, there's no going back.

This sweater essentially encapsulates everything that makes a piece of clothing exciting to me - a touch of quirkiness, a classic motif, and beautiful craftsmanship. When I saw it as I was second-hand shopping, I immediately added it to my cart. From the adorable llamas to the gorgeous jewel embellishments, what's not to love?

For a stroll through Georgetown, I paired it with a mustard yellow ruffle skirt from J.Crew. This was my first time wearing this skirt, and I was surprised to find that it really kept me warm despite the chilly day. I'm glad that J.Crew is bringing out more wool skirts this year; last year they didn't have as many options available, and cotton skirts just don't cut it for the middle of winter!

Under my llama sweater, I wore a simple chambray button down to add warmth without distracting from the sweater itself. My loafers are from Old Navy; they brought the same style they had last year back for this season. I love how the burgundy color matches perfectly with the llamas on the sweater. (side note - isn't it funny that my coffee cup happened to match my skirt? We stopped at The Bean Counter and it was one of the most delicious lattes I've ever had!).

As for jewelry, I kept it simple - just my pearls, tortoiseshell necklace from KJP, and Fossil watch. By the way, several of you have asked me about my watch on Instagram. It's from about four years ago, the style is the "Jacqueline" watch in gold. For a while, you weren't able to buy it online - but recently I discovered that some Fossil retailers have brought it back in a limited quantity. I've linked it below if you want to have a look!


Holiday Wishlist 2017

It's that time of year again, folks. Holiday wishlist posts are some of my favorites to read; they get me in the mood for the season and also give me ideas for things I might want to give to my family and friends! Gift-giving is one of my favorite parts of the holidays, and thankfully there are several birthdays in my family (including mine!) that land right around Christmas, so I have lots of opportunities to come up with creative and thoughtful gifts for everyone on my list. 

Last year, I posted my 2016 Holiday Wishlist, and I got great feedback from all of you on it. This year I've decided to bring it back! Here's what's on my list this year:

Sony Alpha a6000 Camera

Camp Socks

L.L. Bean Scotch Plaid Shirt (Slightly Fitted) - Black Watch, and Wallace

True Prep by Lisa Bernbach

How They Decorated: Inspiration from Great Women of the Twentieth Century by P. Gaye Tapp

Fitbit Alta HR - Soft Pink/Rose Gold

Athleta Straight Up Pant - Black

KJP "Classy Girls Wear Pearls" Bracelet

KJP "Jackie in Pearls" Earrings

What's on your wishlist this year?