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How To: Dress For Thanksgiving Dinner

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If you’re not the type of guy to constantly check the calendar, here’s a little reminder – Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. Before you realize what’s going on, you’ll be stuffing your face with turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie while slipping in and out of a food coma during football games. It is, to say the least, a wonderful day to be alive. But, you can’t arrive to your Thanksgiving destination wearing a football jersey and a pair of sweatpants, no matter how tempting the comfort level of that ensemble is telling you. You need to have some sort of dignity during the holiday. That’s why we’re providing you with a quick and painless guide on what to wear for Thanksgiving dinner.

First and foremost, since we personally don’t know each and every man across the country, take in the following considerations.

1) What’s the climate where you’ll be having your feast?

2) Where will you be having dinner – with your family, the in-laws, a restaurant, volunteering at a soup kitchen?

3) Will you be going to more than one location?

4) Will you be spending any time outside either frying a turkey or playing some football?

These questions will guide you into some easy decision making, for example if you’re in cooler weather make sure to wear a coat and scarf. If you’re volunteering, you don’t need to dress as formal as you would if you had dinner at a five-star restaurant. Also, if you know that you’ll be in the back yard throwing the pigskin around, you probably shouldn’t be wearing a pair of dress shoes. In short, knowing your location and audience will determine some common sense decisions on what to wear.

With that in mind, here some general guidelines that you can follow so that you’ll look your best this Thanksgiving – no matter the location.

  • You can never wrong with a sweater pulled over a button-down. Pair that with dark blue jeans and you’re set. You can wear a nice pair of sneakers if attending more casual settings, such as with friends. If you’re not a fan of sweaters, a soft-shouldered blazer will do the trick.
  • For more formal settings, you can wear a dress shirt with grey slacks and either stylish loafers or oxford shoes. If you know that you’ll be attending a very formal dinner, stick with a dark grey suit. Just make sure to leave the tacky themed tie at home.
  • Wearing Earth tones – browns, tans, warm grays, and greens – are perfect for Thanksgiving. This color scheme goes perfect with the season.
  • Wearing patterns – Fair Isle sweaters, plaid button-front shirts, or tweed blazers – are a wise decision. They will cover up any food stains you may have gotten if you’re a sloppy eater.
  • Leave the skinny jeans at home – if you’re one of those guys who actually wear skinny jeans. Instead, try to wear pants that have a little extra room. You’ll be glad that you did after you third serving of grub.
  • Finally, just make sure to dress as if you would on a casual Friday at the office or if going out during the weekend. Your mom will be so proud if showed up to Thanksgiving dinner dressed nicely. And, make sure that you’re trimmed and groomed. Even if you’re participating in Movember or No-Shave November, the least you can do is to properly maintain your facial hair.

That wasn’t that difficult was it? Now that you know what to wear on Turkey Day, you may begin preparing yourself for the gluttony that follows. Enjoy.

Albert Costill
Just a typical guy that wants an ice-cold PBR with some pizza and wings to go with football on a Sunday. Since venturing into the blogosphere many years ago to discuss his favorite tunes, Al has now moved onto publications by Alpha Brand Media such as AMOG and SoJones to blab about anything and everything else that matters.

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  1. Honestly not every site with style articles and/or info actually tells you what’s ok to wear- I really appreciate this. The advice on wearing a sweater over a button down shirt is priceless. It may seem like common sense to some but really, these are tips I can pass on to the men in my life and they’ll actually understand. Thanks!

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