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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
<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