10 Chic (and Comfortable) Thanksgiving Outfits to Borrow from Real Renters

Dressing for Thanksgiving can be challenging. It’s the one holiday where mastering high-low dressing is a must. Why? Think about it. On the one hand, you want to look incredibly chic. You never know who you’ll run into when you’re back home and no one wants to be blindsided rocking sweatpants. But on the other hand, you need to feel comfortable. There’s really nothing worse than being stuck in an ensemble that’s too tight on the biggest day of indulgence.

Luckily, there are ways to achieve both without sacrificing. Ahead you’ll find proof that such outfits exist. Scroll to get inspired by knockout Thanksgiving-appropriate looks from real women. Wherever you’re headed for the holiday, you’ll be ready to take on the day with confidence.


Wintery White



Shop: Dress, Shoshanna; Jacket, Similar 


The most unexpected trend to rock on Thanksgiving? Winter white. Sleek, clean and cheery, the shade will pair perfectly with your equally bright personality. We love mixing the soft shade with a menswear-inspired jacket. Adding a topper will also fend against any food spills that may occur when transporting the pumpkin pie to dinner. Better safe than sorry.

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Fantastic Fit-and-Flare


A photo posted by SimplyCyn (@simplycyn) on Oct 11, 2016 at 10:14am PDT


Shop: Dress, Tanya Taylor; Jacket, Asilio


Aim for a dress with an A-line or fit-and-flare shape to stay nice and cozy no matter how much you’ve indulged on Thanksgiving. We especially love the style matched with a cropped jacket. The pairing perfectly accentuates your curves, while adding a touch of trendy street-style flare to your overall vibe.

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Lady in Lace



Shop: Dress, Alexis


Need something on the fancier side? You can’t go wrong with lace. And now is the perfect time to take the style for a spin. The trend has never been more modern, as designers have upped the cool factor with cutouts and unexpected hem lengths. The lace midi dress, for instance, is the perfect go-to for Thanksgiving. It radiates elegance and sophistication. Admittedly, the fabric doesn’t boast major stretch, so we suggest bringing a sweater along in case you want to layer on something comfy when you’ve finished feasting.

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Shine Bright, Shine Far



Shop: Dress, Suno

A dress with a metallic detail should be the go-to for the trend-oriented fashion maven. Easily dressed up or down, the style shines both solo or layered with a black turtleneck. Finish off the outfit with a leather jacket and a pair of velvet Mary Janes to achieve that edgy cool girl vibe. You’ll be receiving compliments all night long. We guarantee it.

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Layers for Days



Shop: Bag, Elizabeth and James; Top, Similar


Thanksgiving is the time to experiment with mixing and matching. Like the fashionista above, throw on a crisp oxford underneath a military vest and you’ve got a trend-forward formula that’ll impress every guest at your Thanksgiving soireé. To up the ante, throw a bucket bag over your shoulder.

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All Bundled Up


A photo posted by Katie Sands (@honestlykate) on Nov 19, 2016 at 8:00am PST


Shop: Sweater, Cinq à Sept; Coat, Opening Ceremony 


Thanksgiving is the time to pull out all the stops when it comes to fall colors. Burgundy, burnt orange, forest green — why not have fun with the shades that define the season? We can’t think of a cozier way to wear these colors than to wear them in sweater form. An oversized sweater is the ideal choice for a more casual Thanksgiving meal, as it offers both style and stretch. We suggest pairing your sweater with skinny jeans, block heels and a statement coat.

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Pleats, Please



Shop: Dress, Bibhu Mohapatra


The pleat is one of fashion’s unsung heroes. Not only does the feature add interest to any outfit, it also makes fabric fall more gracefully, creating a silhouette that’s extremely figure-flattering. Try the trend in the form of a skirt, top, trouser or dress this Thanksgiving to show off your impeccable taste and eye for detail.

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Jumpin’, Jumpin’



Shop: Jumpsuit, Diane von Furstenberg


Channel your inner 70s goddess and arrive to Thanksgiving dinner in a power jumpsuit. Not only is this choice comfy (pants, anyone?!), the style elongates your entire look with it’s statuesque silhouette. If you’re headed somewhere on the fancy side, finish the look with pumps and a cropped jacket with lots of attitude.

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Haute Hue



Shop: Coat, Diane von Furstenberg


Consider yourself a minimalist? Update your signature style with an unexpected twist for the holiday: a colorful statement coat. Step out of your navy-black-white-cream-grey comfort zone and go for outerwear that shows off your festive flare. Perhaps the best part of this style risk is it requires virtually no effort. Simply pair your usual basics with a hued coat and you’re ready to walk out the door. Bonus points for also wearing colorful booties.

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Effortlessly Eclectic



Shop: Dress, 10 CROSBY DEREK LAM


If your style leans boho, don’t hesitate to show off your brilliant mixing-and-matching skills on Thanksgiving. We’re loving this shirt dress, blazer and over-the-knee boots combo for the holiday, an outfit recipe every artsy dresser would undeniably nail. To take the look to the next level, add a chic hat.

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Since Thanksgiving is likely just the beginning of your holiday events calendar, head to Rent the Runway’s Holiday Playbook to shop the chicest looks for every occasion of the season. It’s time you took the stress out of your holiday wardrobe.


Photo credit: Honestly Kate