Cattails, Rabbit Trails, and Thistlefish: The Modest Budget: Thanksgiving Outfit (or, what to wear when you're about to stuff your face and belly with amazing food)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Modest Budget: Thanksgiving Outfit (or, what to wear when you're about to stuff your face and belly with amazing food)

Happy Tuesday!
Gosh, I am so looking forward to this week... Last week was filled to the brim with math homework (bleh) and some over-due kitchen-cleaning. Jon was behind on homework too, so we didn't get a lot of time together. However, I did good when I picked him! Over the weekend, he beat me to the kitchen every morning - once to make me breakfast, and once to start the cleaning! My acts-of-service heart was singing. 😉
(Sorry for the weird pics this week... iPhone cameras aren't perfect yet! Lol)

Alright... Rule #1 for Thanksgiving: don't wear something tight. Duh!
But every year, I'm looking at my closet, thinking to myself, "what on earth is in here that won't make me feel fat when I eat 5 servings of mashed potatoes???"
C'mon... I can't be the only one!

But this year I stumbled on the solution (more like, the fashion trend slapped me in the face and I ran with it):
big sweaters!
You could just go "basic" and wear an oversized sweater with leggings and riding boots... But don't you wanna be a little more original?? Let's shake it up a bit!
That's why I'm a fan of this look. Why? All I did is take a summer dress (that I wore here and here) and throw a baggy sweater over it, and leggings under it! (Because heaven knows I ain't wearin' tights on Thanksgiving day!😝) I liked the way the dress looked like a Skater Skirt underneath the sweater, too; it added some shape. (So this outfit could also be achieved with a Skater Skirt!)

Every year I've always gone to my great-aunts house with almost 50 other people, so it can get H-O-T in that house! We're shaking it up this year and going to my in-law's house, but I'm still always thinking about layers that I can take off, if crowds + ovens + full tummies are making the home extra warm.
So. My Thanksgiving outfit ingredients this year are:
1) Summer dress
2) Oversized sweater
3) Leggings
4) Over-the-boot socks (optional)
5) Boots/booties

Other outfit possibilities could be:
- Black (always slimming!)
- Basic (i.e., oversized sweater + leggings;)
- Tunic dress (I'm a total fan of this trend!)

- Tights
- Scarves (or bulky things around your neck that will be an obstacle to getting your food to your face)
- Tight clothes
Sweater: Hand-me-down, Target (same, <$15)
Dress: Francesca's, $40 (similar)
Boots: Target (Black Friday deals years ago) (faux suede version on sale!!)
I'm excited to be spending my favorite holiday with my in-laws this year... As a kid, Thanksgiving morning always included dragging the Christmas decorations out of the attic and decorating during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade commercials. Even though my newly-wed home still doesn't have many Christmas decorations (or room for Christmas decorations, lol!) I'm still excited to pull out my little box of Christmas lights, and then hang out at the Capra house while we spend the rest of the day eating:)

What are your Thanksgiving traditions?
Do you know what you're wearing yet?:)
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  1. Such a great colorful look for Thanksgiving. Chic and cozy!

    xx, Elise

  2. I never thought to wear a summer dress with a baggy sweater over it. What a great idea. Thanks for the great tips.

  3. Such a cute outfit that would be perfect for Thanksgiving :)

    Sarah Bell
    Trendy & Tidy

  4. I totally wear summer dresses with sweaters as well. Being in Monta a where like 9 months of the year are winter... well you kind of have to if you want to get any use outnof anything 😉

  5. SUch a cute colorful look for turkey day!

  6. Such a fun look! I love all the colors! And that bag is just adorable! I love it!

  7. I wore a super flowy top for Thanksgiving. At first, I thought that your dress actually was a skater skirt until I read the rest of your post! I love the colors together! Such a great idea!

    Bows & Clothes

  8. Thanks for sharing your ideas! I find large sweaters are always a good call when you're going to have a large meal!

    God bless,

  9. I love this outfit!!! I already can't even remember what I wore for Thanksgiving, haha, but I do remember that I definitely didn't belt my pants! Thanks for sharing at the Grace + Lace Linkup!