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Home for the Holidays ~ What to Wear to a Dive Bar

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and whether you have a 20 minute drive or a cross country flight to get home; there’s a few common style and etiquette concerns we can prep ourselves for the night before stuffing our faces with gravy and green bean casserole.

One of my favorite comedies is ‘Just Friends’ starring Anna Faris and Ryan Reynolds pre-Blake Lively in the scene when he bumps into his high school love (Amy Smart) at a bar in his home town. Whether you’re from a small town, the burbs or a big city; if you’re in the vicinity of where you went to high school next Wednesday night, you’ll likely run into ex-classmates. Here’s a few ‘Dive Bar’ tips from styling a look without looking like you tried to combating awkward conversations with old crushes while your new love is by your side…

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Tips to Country Chic ~ So you’re from a small town (like me), but still want to dress to impress while you’re out. Skip cocktail dresses and any outfit that is going to get you an immediate ‘un-like’ with your old classmates’ eyes. Leggings, riding boots, cardigans and tanks, plaid tops, leather jackets, skinny jeans work and in a pinch on a chilly day, raid your younger brother’s closet for a denim jacket.

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The Little Red MacBook of Holiday Dating Tips ~ If you’re taking your NEW bf or gf home for the holidays and plan to show them your old watering hole; here’s some tips for hitting a dive bar together. 1. Be extra attentive and make introductions immediately. The last thing you need is an icy stare across the cranberry sauce the next day over a silly case of jealousy. 2. Don’t drink too much. Holiday hangovers are brutal and your new love doesn’t want to escort you out of the bar in front classmates armed with iPhones. #UnTag  3. Be Polite as Pumpkin Pie to Old Classmates. Who cares if she stole your bf in junior high or he threw a ball of clay at your face in pottery class; don’t drag a new flame into any past hometown drama.

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Let Your Hair Down for the Holidays ~ If you’re always ‘dressed up’ for work; enjoy a few days to dress for comfort and relax in your old room.

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Falling Leaves & Leather Leggings ~ To stay trendy without looking over the top for a rural terrain, try a pair of leggings with added leather details and motorcycle boots.

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How to Take Holiday Style Up a Notch ~ If you’re going out to a lounge or want to dress up a bit for Thanksgiving dinner try faux leather leggings (stretchy of course) and a cable knit sweater, blouse or v-neck sweater. Accessorize as needed and toss a bottle of Tums in your clutch just in case.

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Thanksgiving Day Style Trick ~ My favorite part of turkey day has always been the Stovetop and the sparkling cider, but the sugary spritzer and artificial stuffing sure is filling. I’m always a fan of festive (forgiving) sweaters and stretchy skinny jeans or tights throughout the holidays.

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<DETAILS by Dale> Outfit 1 ~ Jacket ~ Levi’s, plaid top ~ c/o C&C California here, shades ~ Aldo, necklace ~ Zara, boots ~ REPORT Shoes, leggings ~ GStage (Similar here), Macbook cover ~ Michael Kors here (recent), watch ~Michael Kors, Outfit 2 ~ faux leather leggings (old) Forever 21 (Similar TopShop ones here), sweater ~ hazel, booties ~ Qupid, hat ~ old

Do you plan outfits for when you’re home for the holidays? ~xoDale

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17 comments on “Home for the Holidays ~ What to Wear to a Dive Bar
  1. Heather says:

    Gotta love hometown dives!!! Great tips!

    XO
    Pearls & Paws

  2. Ashley says:

    I am loving your themed posts!!! I remember that scene from Just Friends.

    I think these are perfect outfits for the holidays. Love those leather leggings!

  3. amy says:

    I woudl rather go to a dive bar than a fancy schmancy one anyday! Thanks for the tips, both of these are great looks!
    http://coffeebeansandbobbypins.blogspot.com/

  4. Irene says:

    That’s a really interesting post! I also plan my outfits for family celebrations in advance, especially Christmas and New Year’s Eve. I would also love to experience a real Thanksgiving some time but I haven’t had any chance so far!
    Great outfits, I really like that red jumper :)

    xo Irene

  5. Kim says:

    i love the idea of leather leggings dale! very ritzy, yet comfortable! also love your suggestions! very mature way of thinking and acting. love your sweater and leggings dale :) so pretty

  6. Atiqa says:

    Cute outfits and fun tips!

  7. Kate says:

    love the leather pants and the sweater will be forgiving after eating a lot on thanksgiving:)
    xx Kate

    The Style Department

  8. Cool rules to live by. I love the hat in the second outfit and all the great accessories in the first. Long time no dive bar for me.

  9. Kei says:

    love the faux leather leggings! although I really like your first outfit too. comfy chic :)
    thanks Dale for keeping in touch with me! I posted a look with that skirt from G-stage. It’s not the outfit I wore for my night out, but I made it school friendly :) I hope you’ll check it out!
    Also, have a wonderful thanksgiving break. :)

  10. Amy Black says:

    Great idea for an outfit post! Love that color red on you! Beautiful combos!

    xo

  11. Bree says:

    loving the purple plaid shirt and the leather pants! <3 You look amazing!

    xoxo Bree
    The Urban Umbrella
    http://www.theurbanumbrella.com

  12. Anouka says:

    Love your outfits! You look great.

    LUXESSED

  13. Marina says:

    I love your tips doll specially the part of bumping into old crushes while having your new love next to you!! LOL I been there. Hope you have an amazing time with your family doll and also fun catching up with old classmates. Take care gorgeous.

    <3 Marina
    Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle

  14. Lol, I am also a fan of stretchy pants and a forgiving sweater, particularly during the holidays :-)
    Great looks, Dale. I especially like the black pants paired with that hat–shows a fun touch of personal style. Hope you get a chance to visit my blog -it’s about career fashion and fashion law.

    A Preponderance of Fashion

  15. Loving this post! Dive bar attire…this is too perfect! Love both outfits!!
    Happy Thanksigiving to you!!

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

  16. sara says:

    Great outfits.

    WIN AN MISSONI SCARF!!!

    sarafashionocean.blogspot.com

  17. Lauren says:

    Love your style. Those accessories are too cute and that sweater is gorgeous!
    Following you now, hope you visit back at http://purple-rain-fashion.blogspot.in/
    xxx

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