PARTY QUEEN / Nov 11, 2022


So you've scored an invite to a formal Thanksgiving dinner. Days pass and you finally start thinking about your outfit. You open up your closet for inspiration and then it hits you: "Wait, what colors should I wear on Thanksgiving?"

We've been there. We get so wrapped up with what dishes we're contributing to the dinner that we totally forget about our outfits. But it's a valid question. There are definitely colors better suited for the occasion. And if you want to dress to impress, it's important to rock a festive hue.

To help you find the perfect dress to wear on Thanksgiving, we're showing you four fabulous dresses in festive colors.

🍂 Four Formal Dresses in Festive Thanksgiving Shades 🌾

There are many things to be thankful for this year—and your outfit is about to be one of them! What color should you wear on Thanksgiving? What type of dress should you wear to a formal dinner? Find the answers below!

1. Forest green dress

One of the top colors to wear on Thanksgiving is dark green—and we love the forest green shade. It's gorgeous on any skin tone and, like black, flatters all body types.

If you're looking for a short dress, you can't go wrong with an A-line silhouette. It cinches the waist but flares out at the hips, which creates an hourglass shape on any body type. It's also very practical for an indulgent dinner. Nobody wants to wear a skintight dress when they're having a big meal, right? You can eat all the pumpkin pie your heart desires in an A-line dress!

If you're headed to a family event and want to keep your outfit modest, look for higher necklines, like a boat or crew neckline. You can jazz up your look in other ways, like choosing a dress with some bead or sequin embellishments!

teal chiffon cocktail dress

Get the look: style GS1612 | Embroidered Bodice Chiffon Short Dress

2. Burgundy red dress

When it comes to what colors to wear on Thanksgiving, here's something helpful to remember: every season demands different shades of colors. Pastels are best for spring. Bright colors are perfect for summer. And dark hues are ideal for fall and winter.

So when picking your Thanksgiving outfit, look for deeper or darker shades of your go-to color. If it's red, then we recommend opting for burgundy. It's a warm and comforting color—perfect for a Thanksgiving dinner.

A chiffon dress with off-the-shoulder sleeves creates a chic look very effortlessly. Want to make your outfit extra special? Look for a dress with lace! You don't have to do much to your hair and makeup. Throw your hair in a low bun, put on some mascara and blush, and you're ready to go!

burgundy chiffon gown

Get the look: style GL2525 | Embroidered Bodice Off-the-Shoulder Chiffon Long Dress

3. Pecan brown

What colors can you wear on Thanksgiving that aren't red or green? (Yes, we know that red and green are also go-to colors for December holiday events.) If you want to save those hues for another event, then we recommend warm browns!

Shades of brown are very trendy this year. Our favorites? We love toasty hues like pecan brown. (Also, it's very fitting since pecan pie might be on the menu!)

This color is perfect for ladies who gravitate toward neutral colors like white, cream, black, and gray. Make sure to add it to your repertoire for future Thanksgiving fits, too!

Complete this look with a little pop of color, like red lipstick. Just like that, you're ready for your Thanksgiving event.

brown lace gown

Get the look: style GL2170 | Spaghetti Strap Lace Open Back Floor Length Dress

4. Sienna orange

Okay, we don't mean to pick favorites—but when women ask us what colors to wear on Thanksgiving, we always say "burnt orange!"

Shades of burnt orange, like sienna, will make any outfit a Thanksgiving outfit. At this time of year, leaves are changing, pumpkins are everywhere, and sweet potatoes are on the menu anywhere you go. Plus, it's super gorgeous and will bring out your natural tan. Festive and flattering? Yes, please!

Look for shiny fabrics like satin or silk for an extra formal vibe. You can also dress up the look with your accessories and makeup. Throw on a pair of gold earrings and a red lip, and you're all set!

sienna satin gown

Get the look: style GL2963 | V-Neck Wide Waistband A-Line Satin Long Dress /w Slit

Let’s get you ready for the next big event!

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