Men's Thanksgiving Lookbook! What to Wear on Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. You may have an outfit already planned, but we definitely can’t have you going from food prep to eating to napping to partying in the same outfit, now can we? Here are some looks you (and/or your boyfriend) should consider this Thursday.

Preparation is Everything
Whether you’re running around picking up aluminum foil or owning the bird in the oven, you’ll need a rugged, yet pulled together outfit that’s not afraid to get a little dirty.

TopMan, Eddie Bauer

A loose fitting, denim and cotton button down is easy to move in and is wash and wear–so you don’t have to worry about what kind of shape it’s in while you cook your masterpiece. These casual, wrinkle and stain-resistant navy chino pants are made with COMFORTCLOTHâ„¢ technology to remain breathable and flexible. Grab a pair in a darker wash to conceal any gravy splatters.


Flirty Aprons, John Varvatos, To Boot NY

A slapstick apron will keep holiday stress and ruined clothing out of the kitchen. For shoes, grab a hefty boot to tuck your pants into for an effortlessly cool look and protection from flying ham slicers.

The Main Event
When it’s time to sit down and enjoy the meal with friends and family, you’ll be more than thankful for a sophisticated look that will please everyone from grandma to your beau.

Ben Sherman, Pronto Uomo

Show off your style savvy by mixing textures and patterns like stripes and paisley for added interest–stay within the color family and remember the cardinal rule, “it doesn’t have to match if it goes.” Flannel print blazers are big this season. Throw one over a formal look for an unexpected, laid-back touch.

Brooks Brothers, Boss, To Boot NY

Keep it simple on the bottom if your patterns are busy on top–perfectly fitting, slim leg slacks will make for a superior balance. When it comes to shoes for this look, almost anything goes. Grab a color from any of the patterns and go from there. Simple black leather dress shoes with metal embellishments are always classic and versatile.

For a more casual look:

Pronto Uomo, McQ

Having a more modest get together? Choose close-fitting styles that aren’t overdone. Skip the jacket and go for a solid colored button-down. A stain-resistant tie with a fun design will keep you clean and looking fresh. Instead of denim, choose a dinner look that showcases your sense of style. These drop-waist zipper pants are the perfect mix of formal and casual, and look flawless with a high-ankle dress boot.

Post-Thanksgiving dinner naps don’t have to get ugly. You can still lounge hard while looking suave with these cozy get-ups.


Layer on the style with loose-fitting clothing from top to bottom. A stretch-cotton tee and unbuttoned button-down pair handsomely with a cuddly knit cardigan and slouchy, roll-bottom jeans for a casual slumber. Wear a leather slide strap belt for extra…give…when you need it most.

Or for a more casual look…

Ralph Lauren, Paul Stuart, Ugg Australia

For a no-fuss transistion from dinner-wear to loungewear, don’t mess with buttons, zippers or any other barrier to some turkey-induced Zzzzz’s. A matching cashmere V-neck PJ set that fits closely to the body looks cute and never sloppy. Shearling slippers will keep your tootsies warm and keep you ready to jump up once the food-coma wears off.

After Party
During the holiday season, you’re expected to step up your wardrobe game no matter what the occasion. So for cocktail parties at the office or out with friends, don’t hesitate to look sharp and go a little more formal.

Atelier Suiting, Cole Haan, Urban Outfitters, Calvin Klein

Be unpredictable and opt for suiting in a monochromatic brown scheme, light wool or tweed for some old-fashioned flare. Special details like mixed fabric collars or leather-patch elbows put your holiday look on a whole new level. Have fun with shoes for a night out–experiment with olive greens and textured finishes. Don’t be afraid to splurge on a worthy pair of unique kicks…they are what make or break outfits like these.

For a more casual look…

Tom Ford

Tom Ford can do no wrong when it comes to trendy elegance. A velvet blazer is a true staple for every man’s wardrobe, and even when paired with jeans, looks rich and timeless. If you do opt for denim, wear a dark wash and roll the ends for an edgier look. Don’t come up short on the accessories here, a leather strap watch and pocket square really go a long way in executing the ideal party look.