How to Stylishly Hide a Food Baby During Thanksgiving

A primer on looking cute without swathing yourself in Lycra.
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A primer on looking cute without swathing yourself in Lycra.
You can't even tell she had a second helping of potatoes. Photo: Timur Emek/Getty Images

You can't even tell she had a second helping of potatoes. Photo: Timur Emek/Getty Images

We're not sure we trust anyone who attends to a Thanksgiving dinner without the full intention of stuffing their faces. But for those of you who do understand the true notion of the word "feast," you know that such an endeavor requires a certain amount of preparedness where it comes to attire. That means eschewing anything that highlights your middle or restricts you in any way. 

But looking good and feeling comfortable needn't be mutually exclusive. There are a few easy fashion hacks that deliver on both fronts, making seconds (or thirds) a no-brainer decision.

The Dress

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Channel Alexa Chung and go for the gamine's guide to stuffing your face. The great thing about a '60s-inspired shift is that, really, it's just a long T-shirt in disguise. This one's even got a tidy white collar that not only keeps things crisp, but is a subtle nod to the occasion. Stick with the mod mood by adding sleek extras -- a streamlined clutch with cutouts and minimalist metallic-heeled ankle boots will do the trick -- and finish with a pea coat that still looks sharp, despite the roomy cut. Go for a pair of tights in a size larger than you normally take to avoid pie top (i.e. the seasonal version of muffin top). 

1. Poplin collar dress, $79.90, available at Zara; 2. Cut-out medium clutch, $495, available at Vince; 3. Oversized plaid scarf, $80, available at Need Supply; 4. Oversized wool peacoat, $250, available at Cos; 5. Yvette three band ring, $253, available at Jennifer Zeuner6. Dries Van Noten metallic heel ankle boots, $835, available at Barneys New York.

The Trousers

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There's something about this holiday that kind of makes you want to dress like a preppy East Coast undergrad who's visiting her parents' sprawling Connecticut estate, no? Go with that. These black cropped wool trousers not only provide polish and warmth, but a also a blissfully breathable elastic waist. Pair them with heritage-looking pieces in autumnal hues, like a chunky turtleneck, which bears less bulk in a sleeveless style that has deep side vents (again, no constriction around your middle). Layer a silk plaid shirt underneath to bring in some color, and intensify the palette with a cobalt coat that's got some swing. Top everything off with a pair of updated oxfords that feature a substantial sole and cool red stripe.

1. Lapel wool-blend coat, $169.99, available at Mango; 2. Equipment shirt, $258, available at Equipment; 3. 3.1 Phillip Lim alpaca sleeveless turtleneck, $495, available at Saks Fifth Avenue; 4. Heavy coil cuff, $188, available at Trademark; 5. AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni oxfords, $385, available at Shoescribe; 6. Comme des Garcons cropped trousers, $405, available at La Garconne.

The Sweatpants

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You can't go any lower than this — sweatpants! Actually, you could go lower, because these actually have some structure and an appealing baseball-like design, unlike that baggy pair you inherited from your dad that one time you got cold last holiday season. Anyway, the key here is to dress them up with a few pieces that are quietly luxurious, such as a sumptuous knit or a flash diamond jewelry. Otherwise, pile on the type of basics that have a sense of dignity about them, due to their timeless appeal: a bucket bag, fur-collared parka and fashiony sneakers.

1. Chateau parka, $365, available at J.Crew; 2. Ribbed crewneck sweater, approximately $290, available at &Daughter; 3. Cuffed sweatpants, $49.90, available at Zara; 4. Classic duffle bag, $398, available at Coach; 5. Twisted stacker ring, $64, available at Catbird; 6. Ariel Gordon diamond ear crawler, $495, available at Shopbop; 7. Internationalist Mid sneaker, $100, available at Nike.