Thanksgiving Mom Looks Done 3 Ways

 Thanksgiving is a time for connecting, relaxing, and all the eating. But as a mom, it is also a time for so many details. If your house is anything like mine, you are in charge of the food - shop, prep, and cook, you are in charge of creating a clean, well-decorated, and cozy house, you are in charge of the table setting, and you are in charge of creating a space for the kids. (I love my husband dearly but cooking and hosting parties are not his speciality. Making beds and ironing however, are on point. Thank you Air Force Academy - I haven't ironed in 10 years...I don't hate it.)

One thing you should not do, and do not have time for, is stress over what to wear Thanksgiving Day. This can surprisingly be a challenge when you consider the variables: your outfit needs to be comfortable (eating), durable (cooking and children), and fashionable (sorry, no yoga pants while the guests are over. Look at it as an "absence makes the heart grow fonder" scenario). To take the guess work out of what to wear next week I put together my top 3 looks for Thanksgiving that accomplish all these and more, along with some gorgeous outfit inspirations. 

Thanksgiving Mom Looks Done 3 Ways

{In order of best to third best}

1. Leggings

Ahhh, glorious leggings. Yoga pant's cousin that moved to the big city. Leggings are the perfect wardrobe staple for those days when you need to be comfortable but you want to look like you tried. They are also my number one choice for a Thanksgiving look because they are a wear-all-day pant that gives you room to move (did I mention all the eating?).

The key to styling leggings is balance - the tight, fitted pant means you should pair them with a loose, flow-y top. Proportions will make or break your look when styling leggings. You must also ensure that your top covers your bum. I am of the "leggings are not pants" camp; if you are 4, leggings as pants are fine - if you are 34, its time to put those and your acid wash jeans to rest. *note: this does not apply to work out pants; they are their own category. Leggings are made of thinner material than yoga or work out pants and therefore cannot be worn with shorter shirts; if you do, a wardrobe malfunction will most definitely be in your future.*

 Pair with a simple tunic and boots - layering with a vest adds an extra level of style without compromising comfort.  @economyofstyle

Pair with a simple tunic and boots - layering with a vest adds an extra level of style without compromising comfort. @economyofstyle

 Make your look even more sophisticated with faux leather leggings -glam meets ease.  These ones  from Athleta are to die for!  @squatshoppe

Make your look even more sophisticated with faux leather leggings -glam meets ease. These ones from Athleta are to die for! @squatshoppe

2. Dress

Wearing a dress on Thanksgiving Day might seem like a huge, giant hassle but it is actually suprisingly easy. One, you can throw on a go - no need to worry about coordinating an outfit with multiple layers or fussing all day with a top that rides up. Two, it is extremely comfortable - choose a dress that gives you movement rather than something form fitting and make sure the fabric is soft and cozy. And three, dresses just give off an elevated, took your outfit to the next level, vibe. Emulate some of these examples and you'll spend the day feeling like you are wearing an oversized sweatshirt but look effortlessly chic. 

 Simple yet sophisticated. Add a pop of fall color by layering with a cardigan.  @leannebarlow

Simple yet sophisticated. Add a pop of fall color by layering with a cardigan. @leannebarlow

 Seriously, how badly do you want to be wrapped up in this right now?!. This outfit screams comfort and versatility. Add booties and you are street, or Thanksgiving, ready.  @snafierce

Seriously, how badly do you want to be wrapped up in this right now?!. This outfit screams comfort and versatility. Add booties and you are street, or Thanksgiving, ready. @snafierce

 Flow-y and cozy - the two perfect all day dress staples.  @ashleeknichols

Flow-y and cozy - the two perfect all day dress staples. @ashleeknichols

3. Jeans

Jeans are my last pick for a Thanksgiving Day look because of their lack of movement and all- day-wear when compared to the previously mentioned leggings and dresses. However, they are very easy to style given their versatility and perfect for colder climates where jeans are the more appropriate choice.

Make sure to choose a style and fit that will give you the most out of your day. Look for a pair with more stretch than your average jean or opt for bootcut or boyfriend over skinny for that added room. Make sure to wear a comfortable, cozy top as well - sweaters or a soft-flannel will make for a more relaxed look than a blouse or blazer.

 Go a little monochromatic for an on-trend feel.  @onelittlemomma

Go a little monochromatic for an on-trend feel. @onelittlemomma

 Roomier boyfriend jeans are perfect for those long Thanksgiving days.  @mamaswithstyle

Roomier boyfriend jeans are perfect for those long Thanksgiving days. @mamaswithstyle

 Keep your basics stylish with a cape coat for that after dinner, pre-pie, walk.  @jillgg

Keep your basics stylish with a cape coat for that after dinner, pre-pie, walk. @jillgg

Use these tips to find a style that works for you. Own it, rock it, and spend the day more on friends and family than fashion.