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What to Wear for Thanksgiving


Hello from Dave’s hometown of snowy Syracuse! Since we got engaged, Dave and I have switched off Thanksgivings and Christmases with our families, and so far it has worked out really well (many thanks to how gracious and understanding our parents and siblings are). Living far away from both of our families can be hard sometimes, especially around the holidays, but as with most things, we’ve realized there are pros and cons to only seeing one family per holiday. Even though we miss whichever family we’re not with, we do get to be totally focused on and invested in the family we ARE with, and that can be a big blessing!

This is the year for Thanksgiving in New York and Christmas in Texas, and along with spending time with my in-laws (including all of Charlie’s cute cousins!), I’m most excited to snuggle on the couch with Charlie to watch the parade, bake my mom’s famous chocolate chip pecan pie, and eat Kirk family stuffing (shhh…I like it more than the one in my family *insert monkey covering eyes emoji here*). What to wear on Thanksgiving can be tricky to figure out because I always want to look polished, but still be comfy, so my plan is to go with a cozy flannel and leggings, dressed up just enough with statement earrings, big curls, and flats that have a hint of holiday sparkle. I had every intention of taking photos in this outfit for today’s post, but it has been snowing nonstop for two days, and there’s no way I’m going outside without a coat and boots until it clears up ;) So instead, here are some options for getting a similar look!


Plaid flannel (similar here), black leggings, flats (the glitter version is old, but I love these too!), earrings

Plaid shirts:

Comfy leggings:

Sparkly flats:

P.S. As you may have seen, I am doing something new on Instagram for the rest of the year! I’ll be sharing a holiday-ready look linked up using LiketoKnow.It every Friday, so if you sign up and like the post, you’ll get product links sent straight to your inbox. LiketoKnow.It is one of my favorite ways to shop since I follow so many awesome bloggers whose recommendations I trust, and I hope you like it too!






  1. Kristina says:

    Not being able to be with your own family on a major holiday sure isn’t easy. Since I am not married I haven’t had to do it myself yet but as the youngest in my family I vividly remember the sadness I felt that first Christmas Eve that my brother spent with his wife’s family and not with us. Over the years I have come to accept it as part of being a grown up and cherish the years that they spend with us even more. I like that you make a point of truly being with the family you get to be with instead of dwelling on what you might be missing elsewhere. It’s all about perspective :)

    And I must say I am so jealous of all that snow! We have yet to experience the first snow of the season and I can hardly wait for it ;-)

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks so much for sharing this! As the oldest, it has been hard to be the first one to miss holidays with my family, but you’re so right–it’s part of being a grown up, and makes the time we are all together extra special!

      I bet the winter in Germany is magical! :)

  2. Abbi Hearne says:

    Where in Texas will you be? We’re heading home to Austin for Christmas, I’m looking forward to the war weather after camping out in the frigid Utah desert all month!

  3. Dana says:

    We miss you! But more pie for me…
    Glad we get you for Christmas!

  4. Ali says:

    Love those flats!


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