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The Turkey isn’t the only thing getting dressed this Thursday

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Thanksgiving is only a few short work days away and soon, airports and highways will be packed with friends and family members heading to see one another.

If you’re lucky, you might get Thursday and Friday off from work. This, however, means that you could be working late on Wednesday to try and finish any last minute items. So there you are. It’s midnight before your 5am flight and you’re staring into an empty suitcase hoping it might magically fill itself. And if that’s not enough, there’s the whole question of what to wear for Thanksgiving Dinner. It’s not exactly like you can just show up to your parent’s dining table in sweatpants…or can you?

While sweatpants may be your ultimate choice for comfort, resist the urge to don them to the dinner table. Think of it this way: your host has labored over making the perfect meal, setting the table, and preparing for guests. The least you can do to show your respect is to look like a proper human being at the dinner table. You wouldn’t wear jeans and t-shirt to a wedding, would you? Of course not. That would be horribly offensive to the bride and groom who have gone out of their way to make you part of a great event. The same applies for Thanksgiving, and I would argue- all dinner parties.

Even if the invite says ‘casual’, still make the effort to look presentable. Casual, for the record, is not the same as ‘I woke up like this’ #nofilter. Instead, take the time to do your hair and make sure your shirt is pressed. You might be wearing an oxford with jeans and flats, but you can still look respectful of your host. After all, she/he has spent all day dressing the turkey. The least you can do is dress yourself properly.

If you’re stumped about what to wear and aren’t getting any guidance from your host, try these easy solutions:

It doesn’t get much easier than a dress. If you’re traveling- choose a wrinkle free option like a knit or polyester. Picture from here.

You can’t go wrong with a white button down and black pants. Bonus points: every part of this outfit works well beyond the dining room. Photo from here.

If you want to go down a more formal path, a full midi skirt is a perfect option. The key is to make sure the skirt’s waistband hits just above the waist (this gives your stomach plenty of room to flex). A button down shirt or light wool sweater would look beautiful with this skirt also.

Everyone’s holiday gatherings are different and I’d love to hear about what you wear to yours.

Check out the poll on my Facebook and let me know what you’ll be wearing this Thursday! Click here to vote.

Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels!

Leslie

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