We get it — with all the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie on the table, wearing sweatpants to Thanksgiving dinner may be the only thing on your mind. But hear us out. Holiday gatherings are the best excuse for dressing up, and unlike a party dress you’ll wear only a handful of times, a suit is the versatile, on-trend, cost-per-wear-savvy outfit that keeps on giving (tailoring is the new streetwear, after all). And though there’s nothing more appealing than a pair of cashmere joggers, they’re best saved for when the guests depart. Need a little more convincing? Read on for styling tips and key insights on how to get the most out of your suit long after the holiday season is over.
Invest In Separates You’ll Wear Again
The suit is a classic alternative to a dress, but it wasn’t always that way. “The female tuxedo first gained attention in 1966 when Yves Saint Laurent introduced Le Smoking suit,” explains Merchandising Manager Noelle Sciacca. “Although the androgynous design was considered controversial at the time, it’s since become an iconic staple in women’s evening dressing.” Though Nan Kempner was turned away at Le Côte Basque in New York for wearing her Le Smoking suit, dress codes have since relaxed, and a suit is now essential 21st century party attire. Pieces like an intrecciato Bottega Veneta The Pouch clutch and minimal The Row sandals give a suit added polish, and will also serve as go-to accessories for your other holiday soirées.
The #1 thing to remember when looking for your Thanksgiving suit? Choose pieces you’ll wear as separates in the future. “Style the blazer and pants as a set for Thanksgiving dinner and nights out, but wear them separately for day, like the jacket with straight-leg Re/Done jeans, and the trousers with an oversized Acne sweater,” advises Sciacca.
Pull Out Prime Party Pieces
If you love to wear over-the-top pieces that will start some conversations over the cheese plate, now’s the perfect time to pull out all the stops. Dressing to the nines doesn’t mean you have to forego comfort, however. “Gucci’s velvet suit is ultra luxe, but it’s also ultra comfy,” says Sciacca. “The floral print is bold and tastefully autumnal. It’s a great set to have in your wardrobe, and is the ultimate choice if you’d rather be wearing pajamas. Also, if you opt for jeweled shoes, style them with a simple velvet clutch.”
When you’re ready to wear the suit again for a more casual outing, tone down the bling just a tad. “Wear rare pieces head-to-toe, but keep embellishments to a minimum,” says Sciacca. “Save stunning jewelry like these platinum Tiffany & Co. diamond drop earrings for special nights only.”
Don’t Be Afraid To Experiment
High-low dressing is de rigeur these days, and if you’re not committed to wearing Manolos to dinner this year, go for a bold suit and play around with hype pieces that are often reserved for the streets. “The easiest way to dress down a pantsuit is to swap your heels for sneakers,” says Sciacca. “Pick a pair of kicks that are crisp and white, like Christian Dior’s logo print high-tops or Alexander McQueen’s Larry low-tops—just be careful when you’re dishing the cranberry sauce.”
Next up: ditch the stuffy shirt for something more freeing and save the luxe part of your look for the bag. “Skip a flowy blouse or proper button-down and style your suit with a graphic tee,” recommends Sciacca. “Shop the men’s section for one with the ideal relaxed shape from brands like Off-White, Supreme and Raf Simons. Then finish the outfit off with a mini handle bag from Jacquemus or a sequin Fendi Baguette.”