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Thanksgiving Day Outfit Inspiration 2022

November 9, 2022

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I thought now would be the perfect time to start putting a little thought into how we’ll get dressed for our day. Of course, what you wear on that fan favorite American holiday greatly depends on how you celebrate it. But I’ve got some Thanksgiving day outfit inspiration for most any kind of celebration.

Of course for these outfit inspiration posts I generally pull from other blog posts and my YouTube videos and share somewhat of a composite of all the looks I’ve shown over recent weeks or months. So you may have already seen some of these, but somehow things appear a little different when we are looking at them through the lens of a particular occasion.

Some of the items I’m showing in these looks may still be available, while others will be long gone. But really this is more about outfit formulas, color combinations and style hacks than the exact items I’m showing. That said, if you see something you just love and I haven’t shared a link, let me know and I’ll see if I can find a substitute. I aim to serve!

Over the River and Through the Woods

If you’re traveling the day of Thanksgiving and then you’ll be eating a meal with friends and/or family, I think something like this simple but travel-worthy pairing would work so nicely. It’s definitely how I would go if I had, say, a two-hour car trip to get me to my Thanksgiving dinner.

Modern Polo with Black Travel Pants for a Road Trip
modern polo // straight leg travel pants // similar loafers (or these) // shoulder bag // earrings (Learn more details in the original post.)

I linked to the original post for that outfit above in the captions, and that reminded me of another option. If you’re going over the river and through the woods on Thanksgiving Day, you could wear the outfit above and then make the quick and easy change into this outfit after freshening up for the family feast.

Modern Polo with an Accordion Skirt
modern polo // skirt no longer available (similar option) // perfect pumps (use code SARAHFLINT-BAKAYH for $50 off your first order) // similar shoulder bag (more affordable option) // earrings // pearl bracelet (Learn more details in the original post.)

In that original post I also shared the skirt combo with black ballet flats, so that would work as well. The skirt is not available anymore, but the magic of this one is that it has a wide elasticized waistband – a bonus for a good Thanksgiving meal!

Dressing for Dinner

Hahaha! After typing that heading I realized it was a bit of a play on words…if, like me, you have dressing for Thanksgiving dinner and not stuffing. I guess “stuffing for dinner” would be a whole other heading! Oh my, I better get back on subject!

If you will be dressing for dinner on Thanksgiving, I think a comfortable, but feminine wrap dress like this one would be perfect for the occasion.

Blue Floral Midi Dress for Fall
Wrap Dress & in Plus Sizes (now half price!) // shoes // necklace // earrings (Learn more details at the original blog post.)

The Wrap Dress is so cheerful, but still seasonally appropriate. And with that nice stretchy fabric it’s really comfortable. It’s a true wrap dress and runs true to size. It’s also available in Plus Sizes, and both are reduced in price significantly.

But I have to confess, if I were getting dressed up for Thanksgiving dinner myself, I’d probably wear this lovely silk dress.

Goodbye from Kay
dress // earrings (use code KAYHARMS for 10% off) // watch (Use code KAYHRMS for 15% off) // lipstick and gloss

I felt amazing in that dress when I wore it to the LTKCon rewards gala. It’s truly elegant and so autumnal. I’m looking forward to wearing it with my new brown knee high boots. I’m still trying to decide if I’m keeping these (great, but now I wish I hadn’t gotten the wide calf) or these (ridiculously expensive, but oh my gorgeous!). Anyhow, the dress looks stunning with boots, and a dress of any kind paired with boots would be such a perfect Thanksgiving day outfit, especially if you’re dining out.

Dining Out

Speaking of dining out on Thanksgiving Day, let’s go with that theme a bit here. James and I have eaten out for many a Thanksgiving. Once our kids graduated from college and moved across the country from us, we began eating our holiday meal at nice restaurants. But last year and even sometimes with the kids we’ve enjoyed the Thanksgiving meal at more folksy restaurants like Bob Evans and Cracker Barrel. Anyone else? For those meals out I generally like to wear something like this.

Ivory and Coral Outfit for Winter
metallic puffer vest (TTS) // holiday Fair Isle sweater (TTS) // corduroy straight leg pants (sized up) // Chelsea ankle boots (TTS) // earrings

I think a combination of sweater and corduroy pants is a great look for eating out on Thanksgiving. It looks special and festive, but still feels comfortable and relaxed, not fussy.


If you’re hosting on Thanksgiving, you may want to wear something a little different. In fact, I’d say you probably don’t want to wear the exact outfits I’ve shown so far. For one thing, when I’m hosting I like to wear softer shoes. Something comfortable but also polished looking. Something “home” appropriate but still street-worthy. Is this resonating with anyone or is this just one of my quirks? Ha!

Work from Home in Comfort and Style
similar ponte lantern pants // cashmere sweater (30% off) // shoes no longer available // mixed metal necklace // earrings sold out

The outfit above is a good example of what I’m talking about. Those Paul Green loafers are not available; they’re about three years old. But they are soft, soft, soft. And they feel and look appropriate for the home to me. Whereas boots or heels feel a little out of place when I’m hosting. Now that’s not to say you can’t wear heels to host if that’s you’re way. I just know my family would look at me quizzically and want to know where I was going.

Here’s another elevated casual look with those same shoes. Perfect for hosting Thanksgiving dinner.

What I Wore to Bible Study Last Week
pants in plus sizes // sweater // layered necklace

So I guess that’s my tip for Thanksgiving Day outfit inspiration if you’re hosting your family in your home. Start with your shoes. Then build a suitable outfit around them. Consider the crowd. Not that you need to dress down to their level if you know they’ll all probably show up in jeans and sweatshirts. I still think it’s perfectly appropriate and uplifting for the hostess to dress up at least a little, even if the rest of her crowd won’t. But there’s no need to put on the ritz if everyone else is keeping it casual either.

Back to shoes and hosting. I’m going to share with you a little sneak peak from tomorrow’s YouTube video. I’m sharing a GREAT gift guide for women, and one of my favorite things on the list are these Birdies velvet shoes.

Preview of Birdies
the Heron Birdies // red cords // black cashmere sweater (just $50!) // necklace // earrings

I specifically purchased my Heron Birdies with hosting in mind. Not that I won’t wear them elsewhere, too. I certainly will. But I think they’ll look great when we have people over, whether I pair them with red cords, black pants or jeans. And they’re very comfortable.

Going to Someone’s Home for a Casual Day

Well we’ve talked about the road trip that leads to dinner, dining out at a restaurant and hosting others in your home. Let’s circle back around to enjoying Thanksgiving dinner at someone else’s home. I think for many of us this is still a fairly casual affair. So if you’re mainly gathering with close friends and/or family I think it’s perfectly smart to keep your Thanksgiving day outfit casual but pulled together.

Red and Brown for Thanksgiving
red cords // sweater no longer available // earrings // boots (for more details see this popular video)

There are those red cords again, but this time paired with brown boots and a brown sweater. I love that color combo. And sometimes just a rich color combination like that is enough to make an outfit stand out. Yeah, I really like that idea: just pairing great colors but keeping your clothing and accessories really simple, casual and comfortable. That way you look polished and pretty, but you’re appropriately casual for this traditionally homey day.

If you do want to wear something a little more interesting, I suggest one of the following ideas.

Wearing a Jacket to Someone's House for Thanksgiving Dinner
For details see this recent popular YouTube video and the Description Box below the video.

I think both of these outfits – pulled from this recent popular YouTube video – are still casual, but they include some nice style choices that elevate them a bit. One, I’ve added that elevating “third piece” or completer to each outfit. Isn’t it amazing how much of a difference a jacket can make?

Second, I’ve worn slightly more elevated shoes – boots with heels and pointy toes in one and pointy toe mules with hardware in the other. A blouse is certainly a step up, as is a cashmere sweater with an elegant print. And my jewelry is minimal but impactful. These are all ways you can elevate your Thanksgiving Day jeans outfit if you want to look a little more polished when you step into someone else’s home.

Pullover Shirt and Corduroy Pants for Fall
shirt // navy flats (TTS) // similar tote // necklace // bangle // watch (use code KAYHRMS for 15% off your purchase) // earrings – See the original post for details.

Above I’ve shown another polished look for Thanksgiving Day in the home of friends. Of course this simple cords and feminine print shirt combo would work for eating out or in, too.

Here’s another outfit with some great visual interest. It’s really quite simple: pants and a sweater. But those Glen plaid pants really elevate the look a notch.

Camel Sweater and Glen Plaid Pants
Glen plaid pants // similar camel cashmere sweater // similar cap toe shoes (and here and here) // earrings // necklace // watch (use code KAYHRMS for 15% off your purchase) // similar black satchel

You’ll find a few more nice outfits with those same Glen plaid pants in the original post. But I do think the outfit above is my favorite for Thanksgiving Day outfit inspiration. Maybe it’s the autumnal combination of black and camel, or just that great camel cashmere sweater, but I love this look for a day of thanks-giving.


For many years, James, the kids and I joined others from our church family and served lunch at the Salvation Army. If you’re volunteering you might want to wear something comfortable and very simple, but also festive.

Fair Isle Sweater with Jeans and Boots
holiday Fair Isle sweater (TTS) // straight leg jeans (TTS) // Chelsea ankle boots (TTS) // earrings

I think jeans and a sweater, jeans and a simple blouse or knit pants and a sweater or top cold all be viable options.

V-Neck Sweater in Red Syrah Heather
V-Neck Sweater in red Syrah heather // same jeans, darker wash // Franco Sarto navy flats // herringbone necklace // earrings
Color Trend Fall 2022: Styling Brown
slim ankle knit pants (more availability in other colors) // cashmere sweater // basketweave shoulder bag // suede flats // earrings // necklace
Grey Jeans and Plaid Shirt
flare leg jeans (more economical option)// plaid shirt // grey t-shirt // Elisa necklace // Veronica hoops // cuff bracelet // similar sneakers (more economical option) // similar crossbody – See the original post for details.

If you are volunteering comfortable shoes are essential. So once again you may want to start your outfit there.

It’s Just Family!

And that brings us to my final category – just family. I’m so pleased that for the first time in years – like I really can’t even remember when! – I’ll have both of my kids and their spouses here at my home for Thanksgiving. I know they’ll all be pretty casual, so I might as well be, too. But you better believe I’ll still be pulled together.

What I Wore for an Autumn Day Trip
straight leg jeans // sweater //  suede leather boots

I can certainly see myself wearing something like the jeans and sweater above, minus the  suede leather boots of course. Hahaha! I mean if we get out for a movie or other outing I’d certainly wear those boots. But at home I’d undoubtedly have on my Ugg slippers with this combo. Just keeping it real.

Here’s another sweater and jeans look I could enjoy wearing on Thanksgiving…minus the boots. I’d probably swap in sneakers here.

Fair Isle cable knit sweater
Fair Isle cable knit sweater (plus sizes) // light wash jeans // sand suede lug sole boots // earrings

That Fair Isle cable knit sweater above also comes in plus sizes. And there are a couple of other color combinations to choose from, too. It’s probably my favorite feeling sweater the original post, in which I showed a lot of great sweaters from Nordstrom at reasonable prices.

But I’m really more likely to choose a Thanksgiving day outfit like this when it’s just family…at my own home…with me doing a lot of the cooking.

Monday Working from Home
directional v-neck sweater // Talbots black everyday pants // black loafers (no longer available)

You know me, when I’m at home I really enjoy wearing comfortable knit pants that also look polished. So the combination above – sweater and knit pants – is almost certainly what I’ll end up wearing for the big turkey day.

If we do get out for a walk or even a nature walk at the nature preserve, I might change into something like this. I think these joggers are a little more polished than most, but they’re still so comfortable. They come in other colors, too.

Friday at Home Outfit
Johnny collar top (economical option) // joggers // similar sneakers (more economical option) // necklace

What will you be doing this Thanksgiving? I’d love to hear about your plans. And let me know if you have any questions, too! Just click on Join the Conversation below the blog post.

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Blessed for My Day

Gratitude isn’t just for Thanksgiving Day. In fact, counting our blessings and expressing our gratitude verbally is one of the best ways to lift our spirits, change our perspective and spread a little joy. At times I’ve even kept a gratitude journal by my bed and recorded three blessings for which I was grateful each night. That definitely helped me to lay my head down on my pillow with less anxiety and more calm.

When the future looks daunting, let’s choose to thank God for His faithfulness in the past. When we experience relationship troubles, let’s express to God our gratitude for having people in our lives and relationships worth fighting for. And when the worries of the day grow large in our minds, let’s knock them down to size by telling God how we are thankful for His power, protection, provision and other promises. Choosing gratitude each day can truly lighten our step and change the way we interact with other people.

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. ~ Philippians 4:6

xoxo, Kay
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12 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Day Outfit Inspiration 2022

  1. The outfits are all so pretty. I wanted to ask if you could share your strength workout as well as what you have been doing each day. Thank you.


  2. What a great post! Thanksgiving is not a one-size-fits-all event and my husband and I have enjoyed going out to eat after decades of hosting banquet-size gatherings. I laughed out loud about wearing high heels while hosting and how people would ask where you’re going! I also have found a direct correlation between the cost of my sweater and the amount of gravy that ends up on the sleeve when I’m hosting. Thanks for bringing even more warmth to the celebration Kay.

    1. Hahaha! I love that gravy and sweater correlation. So true for me, too! Thanks for sharing, Krys. I’m so glad you found the post enjoyable.

  3. Thank you so much for this post! You took a simple idea of host or meeting with friends for Thanksgiving and included so many different scenarios. This is perfect! Thank Kay for going above and beyond. Enjoy your family for the holiday. We will be joining sweet friends in their home for a very festive day.

  4. Hi Kay,

    I really liked the green, sage colored puff sleeve top with buttons that you wore in the you tube- 7 Real Life Fall Outfits program, and was wondering where you got it. Hopefully it was a new purchase, so I can get one too! Thanks, Joyce

  5. Hi Kay,
    I love this post and the wonderful Thanksgiving outfit ideas. Is there a way that I can post the pictures to Pinterest?


  6. Kay,

    I’ve been following you for several years! You look like you’ve lost weight. What are you doing?

    Thank you.

    1. Ahh, thanks so much for saying so. But actually I’ve gained a little. I didn’t exercise at all for about four weeks when I got sick in early October and o can really tell. Ugh. But I started back this week and I’m doing very well. I do the FASTer Way to Fat Loss and it really works for me when I follow the plan.

  7. Hello Kay,

    I enjoy your blog very much! I have a question, where did you get the light pink sweater you were wearing in Thursday’s post? I loved it, looked great on you.

    Thank you,