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Whether you’re dressing up to strut your stuff about 2 inches into your living room, or just need to dress up in something to remember what it feels like to wear something other than your sweatpants, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to have a style moment. Here are some outfit ideas to make choosing your ensemble easier: 


1) Knitwear Sets 

If your Thanksgiving is more of a casual setting, and you don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb, then knitwear sets are the way to go. Whether it’s a cute sweater with a matching knit skirt, or a cardigan and short combo, knitwear sets are both chic and comfy. Stylish and suitable for that turkey belly- sounds like a match.

When it comes to looking for the perfect pair, Zara and Princess Polly have some affordable, yet chic options where you can up your fashion game but not break the bank. 

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2) Knee High Boots

I know this is not necessarily a first thought, but trust me- knee high boots build an ensemble for themselves. Even if you only have a t-shirt and jeans at your disposal, knee high boots elevate the look and are the most chic of touches.

When shopping for the perfect pair, I recommend sticking with neutral colors, especially on black and white. Although those snakeskin knee-high boots take your breath away, they are more difficult to style and harder to get your money’s worth. See dad, I am smart with my money! 

3) Midi Dresses 

Dresses are the unsung heroes of Thanksgiving season. I understand the temperature dropping puts them off the radar of most, but with longer hems and tights out there now- there’s really nothing stopping you! Midi dresses are those that surpass the knee but are above the ankle.

These are my favorite to style because not only are they so easy to throw on, but you can show off your fashion sense even further with your footwear. Personally, I have seen a lot of ribbed midi dresses out there, in gorgeous fall tones like a burnt orange or brown, and paired with a slight boot- a Thanksgiving outfit worthy of applause (even if it’s only from your one aunt). 

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4) Flare Leggings 

There’s a difference between normal leggings and flared leggings. And I’m not talking about the pair of yoga pants from Victoria Secret that you wore everyday in 7th grade. I’m talking about high-waisted, leggings that flare towards the bottom of your legs. These precious pants can be paired with just about anything. Did we mention they’re leggings in disguise (which means comfort, which means more food).

To elevate them even further, I suggest pairing your flared leggings with some heeled booties. They elongate your legs, are chic and also- feel free to pop them right off as soon as you enter the living room. Your outfit will still be a stunner. 


5) A Sweater and Leather Pants 

Sweater and leather weather is here. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to sport this popular combo, as it not only checks the comfort box- but is there anything chicer than leather pants? I have always been a fan of a more oversized sweater paired with a leather legging, because not only can you hide the fact that you downed the entire bowl of mashed potatoes, but also because the contrast of oversized and tailored is the most flattering duo.

When purchasing the perfect pair of leather pants for the holiday, try going for ones without zippers or buttons. These tend to be more restricting, and less comfortable which no one wants to be feeling on Thanksgiving. Thus, leather leggings that you can easily slip on, but still serve the same style purpose are perfect for the day. Bring on the turkey! 

With such a weird time of unknown, as holidays are no longer looking the same as they once were, one thing that doesn’t have to change: your fashion. Oh, how thankful I am for my closet. Thus, be sure to rock some of these fabulous fits on Thanksgiving and serve some serious style.

Hi! My name is Brooke and I am a junior at Penn State! I am currently studying Advertising and Public Relations with minors in French and History. I have an incredible love for fashion and I hope to one day fulfill my dream of working in the fashion industry.
Arden Ericson will graduate Penn State in May of 2023. As one of the Campus Correspondents for Her Campus at PSU, she is a double-major in Public Relations and French Language. After graduation, she will pursue a career that combines her passion for educational equity, social justice and French.