Thanksgiving requires careful outfit strategy. Depending on your dinner plans (and your family), you might need to look pulled-together, not too fancy, comfortable, and like a mature adult — possibly all at the same time. Even if you're just having a friendsgiving, you'll want to look nice without spending too much of your precious cooking time primping. Regardless of the scenario, we've got you covered with eight fool-proof outfit ideas in which to properly pig out next week. Scroll down to see them all.
The easiest way to fake a fancy outfit while leaving room for mashed potatoes: Buy stretchy wide-leg pants like these from Mango. They're metallic so all you need to off-set them is a cozy cashmere sweater and ankle boots.
Mango Pants, $79 at Mango, Boden Sweater, $111 at Boden, Zimmermann Boots, $495 at Zimmermann
For fancier dinners, look for a dress that has some shape and swing to it so that you don't feel like you're bursting the seams before you can even get to dessert.
Elizabeth and James Dress, $395 at Intermix, Lele Sadoughi Earrings, $138 at Intermix, Schutz Heels, $170 at Nasty Gal
This is a more relaxed look than the others, but the matching top and bottom keep it from being too casual. Maybe you're going to a friend's house or a co-worker's — whatever the scenario, this Rag & Bone combo will be appropriate.
Rag & Bone Top, $325 at Net-A-Porter, Rag & Bone Skirt, $295 at Net-A-Porter, Halston Heritage Boots, $292 at The Outnet
For those not daring enough to come to dinner in actual sweats, here's the next-best thing: Double-up on cozy turtlenecks, layered over boyfriend jeans and trendy boots. The contrast of colors feels festive, and you won't need to unbutton your jeans throughout the night.
Falke Bodysuit, $100 at Avenue 32, Tibi Turtleneck, $365 at Tibi, Seven For All Mankind Jeans, $111 at Stylebop, Isabel Marant Boots, $975 at Net-A-Porter
Want something easy and chic? A caftan it is! Pair this embroidered velvet caftan with a flowy dress and knee-high boots to finish off the look.
Mango Caftan, $129 at Mango, John Lewis Dress, $25 at John Lewis, Stuart Weitzman Boots, $655 at Stuart Weitzman
For an evening-appropriate look, go for a boxy lace top like this one from Topshop with stretchy black-velvet pants.
Topshop Top, $90 at Topshop , Stella McCartney Pumps, $278 at The Outnet, J Brand Pants, $258 at Intermix
This glittery H&M jumpsuit is perfect for celebrating the holidays and has an elastic seam at the waist, a.k.a. your secret Thanksgiving weapon.
H&M Jumpsuit, $39 at H&M , ASOS Earrings, $44 at ASOS, Ann Taylor Booties, $168 at Ann Taylor
How to layer for a dinner party: Take a lace pussy bow blouse, then add a green velvet blazer, cigarette trousers, and platforms.
Ermanno Scervino Blouse, $411 at Farfetch, River Island Pants, $76 at River Island, Topshop Blazer, $140 at Topshop, ASOS Platforms, $80 at ASOS