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Draper James Two Ways

Look 1: c/o Hello Sugar sweatshirt, c/o Knoxville pants, Vineyard Vines oxford, Sam Edelman pumps, Gigi NY clutch, similar pearls

Look 2: c/o Nashville top, c/o McKenzie skirt, Loren Hope necklace, Chanel 2.55 bag

With Thanksgiving around the corner, the Draper James team, behind Reese Witherspoon’s adorable clothing line, asked me to give my tips on what to wear to dinner—you know, the annual meal where you stuff yourself silly and then take a whole bunch of family photos? I styled up two outfits with pieces from the line for two very different types of Thanksgivings!


What to consider when dressing for Thanksgiving

It’s all about comfort—comfort at the beginning of the meal and comfort after eating too much turkey and pie! Meaning: Avoid anything tight! Also, think about who you will be with (perhaps Grandma doesn’t approve of low-cut tops), the formality of the meal, and what you’ll be doing after you eat. But above all else, be you!

Pattern Mixing

Why I styled two outfits

My parents are divorced, so we now have two Thanksgiving traditions. I love both of them, but they couldn’t be more different!

On my dad’s side of the family, we all dress up for a full day of eating at my aunt’s house in Rhode Island. We’re Italian, so one of the seven courses is lasagna. . . Yes, lasagna. We eat it right before the turkey course, naturally. We enjoy course after course, catch up on life, and watch all of the football in between. Everyone always dresses up, so the mixed pattern look would be perfect for that tradition.

We spend every other Thanksgiving with my mom and her husband’s family in Northern California. Everyone brings a dish (someone’s always responsible for the fresh oysters) to a big picnic table at Stinson Beach. After dinner, they all swim at sunset. I tend to just watch, as the water is freezing cold. It’s a super casual affair, so the sweatshirt with the Knoxville Pant is the perfect look.


So what about this year?

This year we’ll be in California with my mom, which I’m so excited for. My sister, my husband, and I are heading out for four days of wine tasting, hiking, and enjoying the beauty that Northern California has to offer.

Draper James Patterns

My favorite Thanksgiving dish

Lasagna, of course! And pecan pie. My aunt makes it with dark chocolate chips and it’s pure heaven.


Read my full interview including more details about my Thanksgiving traditions and why I styled these looks the way I did over on the Draper James blog.


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  1. Nicole Bohorquez said:

    loving BOTH these outfits, but especially in love with the first (goes better with my family’s thanksgiving attire). I have never bought anything from Draper James – how would you say the fit is on the pants? It’s always so hard buying things online!

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    • So glad you like them! The pants fit to size but everything else, buy a size down for sure.

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      • Nicole Bohorquez said:

        Thank you Julia!!! PS. congrats on the house, it is beautiful!

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  2. Alyssa Thomas said:

    You look INCREDIBLE!

    I love the floral pants with the leopard print. You should be a Draper James model for sure!

    Alyssa | Glitter and Grey

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  3. Dana Mannarino said:

    These looks are amazing! Love those floral pants with the pearls!

    Pink Champagne Problems

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  4. Kristin said:

    Love these patterns! And especially how you mixed and matched the same pattern in different colors. Cute looks!


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  5. Bold pattern mixing but I love how well it works! So pretty!

    Laura | Laura Aime Vous

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  6. Katie said:

    I love Reese Witherspoon’s clothing line, way too cute! I also enjoyed hearing about your holiday traditions, Happy Thanksgiving!


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  7. Maggie said:

    This is adorable! I love how that second look isn’t really print mixing as it is color mixing? Super cute 🙂


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  8. I love these outfits! the combo of the patterns is great! love it! xoxo

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  9. Ally said:

    What fun outfits! Looking good girl!

    Xo Ally


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