Thanksgiving Dinner: Hitting my Style Sweet Spot

Thanksgiving Dinner: Hitting my Style Sweet Spot

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s not just the food, it’s the family and friends gathering to celebrate and be thankful. No stress about gifts to buy. Just food, great conversation and loved ones.


This week Pam and I are Hitting Our Style Sweet Spot for what we would wear to Thanksgiving Dinner at a friend’s house. Your Style Sweet Spot is where your appearance and confidence meet. It’s when you know you look your best and are sending the message you want with your appearance.

We are fortunate to be going to the home of a dear friend, who is an amazing cook. I’ll pitch in to do some cleaning up, but she always does the food herself. As it should be because she can cook circles around anyone I know 🙂

Since the whole event involves food and usually lots of it, I would always choose pants or a skirt with a comfortable waistband. That means stretch to me. The other thing I consider is that my top is more important than my bottom. I’ll be sitting at a table for much of the time, so that’s what people will see most.


Texture in garments is great for woman over 50. It helps downplay the texture (wrinkles) on our faces. A mixture of textures in an outfit adds visual interest in non-patterned clothes. Since I rarely wear patterns, texture is an important part of my outfits.


Because my internal thermostat is never trustworthy, I wear layers. I may not be thrilled with my upper arms, but if I’m hot, I need to peel things off.

I start with a sleeveless shell that has some palettes, to add a party feeling. Surprise! It’s not black 🙂 It’s a deep purple knit, from Eileen Fisher. I rotate it into my wardrobe every holiday season. This has the most texture of anything in my outfit.


My earrings are simple and I skipped a necklace, because the top is enough by itself. I want to look subtle and festive, not like a Christmas tree.



I added a matte, silk jacket with leather detailing around the neck. The leather adds a subtle sheen that contrasts with the matte jacket and shiny palettes. I’m wearing a  bracelet just so there is detail on my wrist, if I remove the jacket.


velvet handbag


Velvet just says holiday to me and this is the only time of year I wear it. I added this purple, velvet handbag that I’ve had forever. Besides being the same color as the top, the velvet adds a soft sheen and new texture. It has a leather handle in the same type of soft leather as the trim on my jacket.


One of my favorite pair on Eileen Fischer pants, with enough stretch to let me eat as much as I dare, and still be comfortable. They are matte like the jacket and why the top and handbag take center stage.

Because I’m going to be sitting most of the day, I chose a low heeled, suede platform by Earthies. They have an incredibly comfortable footbed and anatomic arch that distribute your weight away from the toes and does not hurt my bunions. I also like the texture of the suede, which has no shine and draws no attention.

TG Dinner


So the dance of texture draws the eye around my silhouette. If I was wearing shiny shoes, that’s where the eye would be drawn. We want to draw the eye to our face. Earrings are usually the best way to do it, but in this case it was the downplay of other textures and letting the top do it all.



Now pop over to see what Pam is wearing to Thanksgiving Dinner at a friend’s house.


pants- on sale heretop- similar on sale herejacket- similar herehandbag- similar here


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  1. November 26, 2015 / 1:24 pm

    That’s an excellent top. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. November 22, 2015 / 6:28 pm

    Lucky YOU going to a friends………….
    Well, I spent $400.00 today and FORGOT THE TURKEY!!!!!!!!
    Lets hope I have leftovers for the SONS to take home!
    I bet I know where your going!!!Tell her I still make her POLENTA!
    Thanks for dinner last night!It was DELICIOUS!

    • Jennifer
      November 23, 2015 / 8:15 pm

      It was fabulous to have you over!! No Turkey and $400? That’s a major hit. What are you cooking??

  3. November 22, 2015 / 3:36 pm

    Great outfit! The sparkly top is so festive!

    I’m really enjoying your and Pam’s series! It’s fun to see what each of you will wear to certain events!

    • Jennifer
      November 23, 2015 / 8:13 pm

      Thanks Andrea. We both go about it with different tactics so I enjoy reading how Pam does it too!!

  4. November 22, 2015 / 2:44 pm

    Sequins and velvet!! I’m in heaven! You look fabulous! xoxox, Brenda

    • Jennifer
      November 23, 2015 / 8:12 pm

      Thanks Brenda!! Coming from you that’s a great compliment.

  5. November 22, 2015 / 12:44 pm

    I love the sparkle – you look festive and comfortable. Now that’s a winning combination.

  6. November 22, 2015 / 11:30 am

    Love the sequinned top just right for the holiday season. Reminds me to get my sequinned jacket out.

  7. November 22, 2015 / 11:18 am

    LOVE that bag. The top, too. I’m just now switching out my closet for the winter months and am pulling things aside for the holiday.

    • Jennifer
      November 23, 2015 / 8:11 pm

      It’s just gotten cold here too so I’m doing the same transitioning. It’s fun to pull out my winter things. Like revisiting old friends.

  8. November 22, 2015 / 11:02 am

    Love the sparkly top.


  9. Connie*
    November 22, 2015 / 10:48 am

    Such a wonderfully well thought out ensemble. You look beautiful. Texture. Yep. That’s what my skin has…Texture.

    • Jennifer
      November 23, 2015 / 8:10 pm

      We all have texture on our faces!! It’s the reward we get for living full, rich lives 🙂

  10. Donna
    November 22, 2015 / 6:36 am

    What a great outfit for any occasion! Love the shoes…

  11. November 22, 2015 / 5:46 am

    Jennifer this a a beautiful holiday look while being comfortable all day long!!

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  12. November 22, 2015 / 3:42 am

    Readers are going to believe we coordinate these looks…so this week we both wore sequined tanks! Second week in a row we have done something copy cat…that’s amazing! You look great as always, Jennifer!

    • Jennifer
      November 23, 2015 / 8:08 pm

      I thought it was hysterical we chose the same thing two weeks in a row. Great minds think alike!!

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