The Best Outfit For Thanksgiving Dinner

If you are a non-American Yes and Yes reader, I will assume that you don’t know eating Thanksgiving dinner is equal parts Olympic-level sport and nearly religious experience.

We take this business seriously.

White or dark meat? Fresh, fancy cranberry sauce or the canned kind that everybody likes better?  Cream cheese in the mashed potatoes?  Any kind of pie other than pumpkin?

And because we spend the better part of a day eat + sitting + watching football, it’s important to plan the correct outfit.

In addition to consuming 3,000+ calories, you also need to

  • look nice for your extended family
  • deal with someone else’s concept of climate control
  • potentially mask stains and spills
  • not feel like a sausage straining to escape its casing.

Behold, friends.

The Best Outfit For Thanksgiving Dinner.


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Let’s dissect this, shall we?

Black peplum dress
It’s black so you can wear it all the time, for any occasion.  It’s knit, so it’s comfortable.  It’s got a peplum to disguise your ‘food baby’ post face-stuffing. It’s short sleeved so if your uncle insists on heating his house to near-boiling, you’re fine.  Also: it’s $27!

Grey over-the-knee socks
Pantyhose, tights, and leggings all mush your stomach in. Forget that! Over-the-knee socks keep you warm, disguise your questionable attempt at shaving and let you eat another helping of mashed potatoes. PRIORITIES. $10!

Black ankle boots
Unlike tall boots, these won’t cling to your calves and get sweaty. Also: these are only $37!

Colorful scarf
This can be strategically arranged to hide the spill that happened when you got too excited about the apple caramel pie. It’ll also keep your fratty cousin from making some sort of comment about how you’re ‘goth’ and you ‘hate color.’

Drapey cardigan
And if your uncle keeps the house at 62 degrees?  This will help.

Wishbone necklace
Festive!  Thematic!

What are you wearing to Thanksgiving dinner?  I’m making my grandma’s version of mashed potatoes and wearing a knit peplum dress I bought at Target two years ago!

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  1. Ben Simon

    Now you've got me curious, what are boys supposed to wear?

    • Ben Simon


      Of course, guys being guys, I could probably just get away with a velour track suit 😉

    • Marj Weir

      velour track suit just makes me think of will Ferrell in some awful movie! I do like the "gravy brown" wrap, where from? Maybe I'll test google image search….

      What a fun post, I came here from Erika's pic with you on Daily Whip facebook

    • m  e  l  i  g  r  o  s  a

      @ben – please(!!) provide link to velour track suit before i let myself fall into an ebay/etsy rabbit hole in 3, 2, 1 …


  2. Ashley @ Happy Penguin Press

    This is hilarious (and very true). Cream cheese in the mashed potatoes: Yes please. Any pie other than pumpkin: No! As for what I'm wearing to Thanksgiving dinner, you have me stumped. We're hosting this year for the first time, so I've been so consumed with setting the menu that I completely forgot about my own wardrobe!

  3. margosita

    I thought I had it all figured out, but I didn't think of the knee-high socks. Damn, that's genius.

  4. Mel

    Ha! Love it!

    I'm thinking knit leggings (elastic waistband, full leg coverage) + cute long sweater tunic (body skimming but not body hugging) + flats with fluffy socks in my bag for when it's time to snuggle up on the couch.

  5. Anonymous

    that dress is fabulous, but it's a gap kids dress!

    • Sarah Von Bargen

      Ahhhh! Thanks for the head's up! Just found another $35 black peplum dress and embeded that link 🙂

  6. Jessika Garcia

    It's so funny to me that people get dressed for Thanksgiving! Here in Hawai'i — well at least in my family — I don't ever remember getting "church" ready for Thanksgiving. It's usually only the 7 of us and we wear just our every day clothing. I'm not sure if it has to do with the fact that it's not cold yet here, but i'm pretty sure that's a factor! This outfit is totally cute though, and I would totally rock my peplum dress if I needed to!

    xo Jessika

  7. Dare Maurik

    I especially like the festive wishbone necklace…haha!

  8. iris

    P.S. Sock Dreams has an *amazing* selection of all kinds of socks…and free shipping, too. They're sort of my go-to for crazy over the knee, knee high, etc. etc. socks. All the socks!

  9. Anonymous

    love this!

  10. Midnight Cowgirl

    Brilliant! Love that part about wearing over the knee socks 🙂

  11. Becky C.

    I'm all about the stretchy peplum dress! I got the perfect one last year for £25 from Miss Selfridge – perfect for all-you-can-eats and big dinners as you can look cute whilst subtly hiding your belly! A brilliant investment.

  12. *ashleigh

    Over-the-knee socks! Brilliant!

  13. Chandra Kean

    How funny! I dress for the occasion as well. This is all-purpose and oh so fashionable. Thanks for the suggestion and voicing what we all think.

  14. Unknown

    Oh, I love your outfit combo suggestion!!! Now I'm on a prowl of this lovely necklace since Forever21 doesn't carry it anymore. The scarf is to die for but it has 5% angora and after learning the other day of how angora is pulled off live and conscious rabbits who scream, I'm determined to never buy it again. Oh, now on to happy mood, love love love the over the knee highs and boots. I'm in a shopping mood now. Thank you!

    • iris

      Etsy has TONS of wishbone necklaces. And you'd be supporting a small business, too (instead of Forever 21, which, um, yeah…)

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