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 dinnerâ€”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 comfortâ€”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!
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.
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.
Shop all my Draper James favorites: