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21 Thanksgiving Outfits to Plan Out Before the Tryptophan Kicks In

That damn bird can't be better dressed than you.

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Thanksgiving may look a little different this year—but no matter where you are or what you're doing, a good outfit will always make you feel like your best self. For your Thanksgiving festivities this year, whether you're eating takeout turkey with cranberry sauce at home, enjoying the real thing with your family, or hosting a Friendsgiving potluck, you'll need an outfit that looks stylish, has a little give, and reflect the joyfulness of the holiday. Here, we've put together a range of Thanksgiving outfits to inspire you this year. Just plan out your outfit before the tryptophan—the amino acid in turkey that's responsible for your post-dinner nap—kicks in.

paris, france   october 03  roberta benteler wearing brown turtleneck and wide leg pants is seen in the streets of paris, after the chanel show during paris fashion week womenswear ss18 on october 3, 2017 in paris, france  photo by claudio laveniagetty images
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Pop of Color

Bring some color to the dinner table with a pair of bright trousers. Balance out the look with a neutral sweater and wool coat. This outfit is a sure way to show the family you don't belong at the kids' table.

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berlin, germany   march 29 fashion blogger sofia grau is wearing a salmon pink skirt from zara, white sneakers from adidas, a grey sweater from mango, a pink black clutch from lancel paris, a red grey scarf from chanel, sunglasses from rayban clubround, watch kapten  son on march 29, 2016 in berlin, germany photo by christian vieriggetty images
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Add Accessories

Swap out your usual pendent necklace for a silk scarf, a chic and fashion-forward way to accessorize any outfit.

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stockholm, sweden   august 29 giovanna battaglia engelbert wearing creme white dress, white bag, knit over her shoulders seen during stockholm runway ss19 on august 29, 2018 in stockholm, sweden photo by christian vieriggetty images
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For Warm Weather

If you're lucky enough to be somewhere warm for the holidays, try a linen shift dress paired with a sweater tied around your shoulders to give you the cozy fall feels.

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paris, france   july 03 vika gazinskaya wears a white pleated dress with shoulder pads, a bag, golden shoes outside valentino, during paris fashion week  haute couture fallwinter 20192020, on july 03, 2019 in paris, france photo by edward berthelotgetty images
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Worth The Risk

When you're skilled enough not to spill red wine or cranberry sauce, opt for a winter-white dress with exaggerated shoulders. Pair your look with dainty accessories and a gold heel for a more formal look.

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paris, france   september 27 caroline daur wearing balmain outside balmain during paris fashion week   womenswear spring summer 2020 on september 27, 2019 in paris, france photo by hanna lassengetty images
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These Boots Are Made For Talking

Make your boots the focal point of every conversation with these Khaite zebra boots. Aunt Betty will be asking you where she can find them rather than what your relationship status is this year.

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paris, france   september 27 jessica kahawaty wears a necklace, a navy blue long dress with small white dots pattern, a plunging neckline and shoulder pads, a lustrous green velvet bag, white pointy heels, outside alessandra rich, during paris fashion week   womenswear spring summer 2020 on september 27, 2019 in paris, france photo by edward berthelotgetty images
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Don't Overthink It

Every woman should have at least one wrap dress hanging in her closet for this exact occasion. Throw on this always flattering go-to and pair it with a fun colored shoulder-bag and block heel and you're out the door.

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new york, new york   february 07 tamu mcpherson wears a brown leather shiny long coat, an orange knitted bag, orange flared pants, pointy shoes, outside cinq a sept, during new york fashion week womens fall winter 2020, on february 07, 2020 in new york city photo by edward berthelotgetty images
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Bright and Bold

Have some fun with your favorite fall colors! Step out of the box with this bright orange coverall-jumpsuit, and pair it with a metallic mule and a burgundy faux-leather coat to tie it all together.

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milan, italy   february 21 l r a guest wears sunglasses, earrings, a brown jacket, a brown shirt, a belt, pants, black shoes  a guest wears a brown trench long coat, a gray jacket  a guest wears sunglasses, an oversized wool turtleneck woven pullover, a salmon pink skirt, quilted sandals, outside sportmax, during milan fashion week fallwinter 2020 2021 on february 21, 2020 in milan, italy photo by edward berthelotgetty images
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Casually Coordinated

Imagine showing up to Thanksgiving dinner with your cousins looking this chic. Coordinate with a color palette and work grandma's driveway like it's your own personal runway.

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paris, france   september 26  yoyo cao, wearing a beige sweater, a checked midi skirt and matching checked boots, is seen before the rochas show on september 26, 2018 in paris, france photo by claudio laveniagetty images
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Matchy Matchy

Show off your city girl style this holiday with this super-simple but cool skirt-boot combo.

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milan, italy   september 18 leonie hanne wears red transparent sunglasses, a brown oversized blazer jacket, a red bag, flared pants, red shoes, a necklace, outside the alberta ferretti show during milan fashion week springsummer 2020 on september 18, 2019 in milan, italy photo by edward berthelotgetty images
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The Pantsuit

A pantsuit is always a good idea. Lean into the fall colors with a oversized brown pantsuit while sporting bright red accessories like these sunnies, bag, and heels to compliment the fall foliage.

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paris, france   october 01 candela novembre seen wearing camouflage bag and cardigan, black skirt outside miu miu during paris fashion week womenswear spring summer 2020 on october 01, 2019 in paris, france photo by christian vieriggetty images
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Stand Out

Swap out your usual satin skirt for a more edgy yet grown-up leather pencil skirt. This skirt is worth every penny and will last you years to come. Pair it was a printed oversized cardigan and turtleneck to keep you warm.

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paris, france   september 30 a guest wearing floral maxi dress outside stella mccartney during paris fashion week womenswear spring summer 2020  on september 30, 2019 in paris, france photo by hanna lassengetty images
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Fall Florals

Vintage-esque, edgy, and family-approved. Trade in your pastel floral mini dress for a dark and whimsical version, perfect for the colder months ahead. (This one's even on sale!)

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paris, france   february 28  fashion stylist chloe hill wears gucci tights, miu miu skirt, jerome dreyfuss bag, mih jeans jacket day 3 of paris womens fashion week springsummer 2018, on february 28, 2018 in london, england photo by kirstin sinclairgetty images
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Pattern on Pattern

Show off your legs but keep it holiday-appropriate with a mini skirt and everyone's favorite Gucci tights.

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london, england   september 17 hedvig sagfjord opshaug wearing pink gucci belt bag, brown dress, sock boots outside preen during london fashion week september 2017 on september 17, 2017 in london, england photo by christian vieriggetty images
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Sweater Weather

You can't go wrong with a sweater dress! They're the perfect combination of cozy and chic. Add a pair of jewel-toned booties and a cute belt bag to keep it young and trendy.

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milan, italy   february 22 yoyo cao, is seen outside philosophy di lorenzo serafini show, during milan fashion week fallwinter 2020 2021 on february 22, 2020 in milan, italy photo by claudio laveniagetty images
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Cut Outs

Add a little extra something to your go-to jeans and oversized sweater look. Grab yourself a more fitted sweater with cutouts to show some skin, and pair it with high-waisted straight-legged denim. This outfit calls for minimal effort with maximum results.

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copenhagen, denmark   august 07 a guest is seen outside holzweiler during copenhagen fashion week springsummer 2020 on august 07, 2019 in copenhagen, denmark photo by christian vieriggetty images
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Separate But Together

What's easier than a matching set? It's an instant outfit; all you have to do is accessorize. Find yourself a plaid set that can be worn together or as separates.

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Full Coverage

For added coverage, you can lengthen your top to past the hips. The more fabric for ruching over the evidence of a meal well enjoyed.

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Give It A Heel

You were going to wear this anyway, right? Swap out the slippers for slingbacks (a fair trade in comfort, really).

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Oversized Everything

And for maximum food-baby-obscuring, go big and loose. Wear a monochromatic pieces for a more streamlined effect, and sleeves pushed up to prevent things that aren't poultry from being dragged through the gravy.

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Super Hero

If your plan is to ball out, try a cape, which seems to be showing up on our favorite street style stars more and more these days.

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Keeping It Casual

If your event is on the casual side, make your comfy, stretchy loungewear feel expensive by finding a coordinating set that's fitted to keep it from looking frumpy.

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