**Note: This post has been updated as of 11/17/2013**
Sweetpeas! My parents are in town (their original visit was rescheduled due to hurricane Sandy), so this will be a quick one. So many of you had asked for more formal versions of a Thanksgiving dinner outfit, and I didn't want to leave you in the lurch. Besides, reader Amy cracked me up:
My family is the Fockers, and my in laws are the same as the movie. I would love a bit more sophisticated option for them
How could I refuse a mother Focker?
Work Shift + Chambray + Man Accessories
[photo credit: J.Crew]
Try layering a chambray shirt under a shift dress to make it feel less workplace stuffy. It's a holiday party! If you fear the look is a bit too casual, swap the chambray for silk.
Polish off the whole thing with quirky menswear accessories: a tie (or bow tie), plaid scarf, large watch. I'd wear sexpot heels with this one, but shiny loafers or ballet flats work OK too.
To recreate, try these pieces:
Lipstick: Tarte Matte Liptint in Fiery red. BEST. EVER.
Thin, Patterned Sweater + Big Skirt
[photo credit: Garnet Hill]
I love this. Tucking a patterned sweater into a big skirt (extra points for mixing prints) makes this look a bit artsy….rather than expected. A cardigan (as shown) is fabulous, but I'd also try this look with a striped merino sweater or even something color-blocked (think baseball sweater rendered in cashmere). Obviously the sweater should be fitted.
Pencil Skirt + Peplum Top + Ankle Booties
Peplum tops are perfect toppers for pencil skirts, and flatter so many different body types. A slim belt and booties, like Natalie from Like Fresh Laundry wears, make the look edgy, but feminine. Swap booties for pumps if you need a more conservative look.
Pencil skirt: Boden Plaid Pencil Skirt
Pencil Skirt + Graphic Sweater (Do the Half-Tuck)
[photo credit: J.Crew]
This, I realize, is barely making the "sophisticated" cut. But it's my fav, and what I would probably wear to a Thanksgiving dinner at a country club. I'd pair it with heels and pearls, of course, for a slightly ironic twist on the usual.
Sweater: Ann Taylor Dot sweater
Bright Pencil Skirt: J.Crew Factory
Hope this helps, Mamas!! I can't believe were here, almost Thanksgiving…..already??!!??