How to Stylishly Hide A Food Baby During Thanksgiving

Four options with varying degrees of waist elasticity.
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Four options with varying degrees of waist elasticity.
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Ah, Thanksgiving. A cherished American tradition during which families and friends come together to chow down on way too many helpings of stuffing, gravy and that questionable macaroni and cheese your cousin's girlfriend brought this year. Outfit wise, it can be a tricky thing to dress for — different hosts have different levels of formality, but you still want to be comfortable enough to indulge, and maybe even lie down somewhere once the food coma sets in. 

We've styled four Thanksgiving looks, presented below from the most formal to the most cozy. Because ideally, we're all basically wearing tracksuits next Thursday, right? 

The Shift

1 — Topshop dress, $110, available at Topshop; 2 — Theory Tremayah vest, $625, available at Barneys; 3 — Sarah Chloe bracelet, $139, available at Shopbop; 4 — Opening Ceremony oxfords, $445, available at Opening Ceremony and Nordstrom.

1 — Topshop dress, $110, available at Topshop; 2 — Theory Tremayah vest, $625, available at Barneys; 3 — Sarah Chloe bracelet, $139, available at Shopbop; 4 — Opening Ceremony oxfords, $445, available at Opening Ceremony and Nordstrom.

This is the most structured look of the bunch, for meals at which demanding grandmothers might be prone to displeasure if you're wearing drawstring pants. The advantage of a fit-and-flare shift dress is that the waist sits high on the torso, freeing up valuable belly space for corn breads, cranberry sauce, etc. Pair it with a long, sleeveless coat for warmth and ditch heels for platform oxfords: they look sleek and provide height without any of the headaches. 

The Midi Dress

1 — Suno dress, $795, available at Net-a-Porter; 2 — Marc by Marc Jacobs hair pin set, $58, available at Shopbop; 3 — Étoile Isabel Marant, $335, available at Net-a-Porter; 4 — Acne boots, $550, available at Barneys.

1 — Suno dress, $795, available at Net-a-Porter; 2 — Marc by Marc Jacobs hair pin set, $58, available at Shopbop; 3 — Étoile Isabel Marant, $335, available at Net-a-Porter; 4 — Acne boots, $550, available at Barneys.

A long, flowy and patterned dress hides all sins. This crepe de chine Suno style has sweet lace pleats, modern Pilgrim vibes and, most importantly, a loose-fitting waist. Pair it with low heeled black boots and graphic yet simple hair pins, as well as a soft scarf to bring out the dress's bright red dots and stripe. 

The Trousers

1 — C/Meo Collective top, $231, available at Shopbop and BNKR; 2 — J.Crew floral lace pants, now $99, available at J.Crew; 3— Faris disco hoops, $125, available Need Supply Co; 4 — Vince haircalf flat, $275, available at Vince. 

1 — C/Meo Collective top, $231, available at Shopbop and BNKR; 2 — J.Crew floral lace pants, now $99, available at J.Crew; 3— Faris disco hoops, $125, available Need Supply Co; 4 — Vince haircalf flat, $275, available at Vince

On to the elastic waist pants! Our first option is one even the fanciest of grandmothers could approve. A simple yet statement-making boxy top, preferably with belly covering fringe, just needs some pull-up pants in a nice fabric, like dark floral lace. Complete the look with luxe slipper-like flats and bold earrings. 

The Sweatpants

1 — & Other Stories color block knit sweater, $125, available at & Other Stories; 2 — Asos sneakers, $36, available at Asos; 3 — Talula Bayan pant, $70, available at Aritzia. 4 — Happy Socks five color socks, $12, available at Happy Socks. 

1 — & Other Stories color block knit sweater, $125, available at & Other Stories; 2 — Asos sneakers, $36, available at Asos; 3 — Talula Bayan pant, $70, available at Aritzia. 4 — Happy Socks five color socks, $12, available at Happy Socks

Our final look is for those of you who don't anticipate leaving your homes all Thanksgiving day, and want nothing more than a more stylish version of Sue Sylvester's tracksuits. That means billowy drawstring waist pants and a simple but bright pullover knit. Finish the look off with cool footwear — silver sneakers you only need to wear for that last minute pie run, and coordinating cozy socks. Another serving of turkducken, anyone?