How to Look Comfy and Cool at the Same Time

Happy Thanksgiving, turkeys.

11.21.17

There are few greater joys (for me, personally) than consuming a delicious meal while swaddled in comfortable clothing. Though I’m more of a Seamless girl myself, if I were to cook something, the first instruction I would add above “boil water” is “take off pants.”

But pantlessness is typically frowned upon in most social settings, especially Thanksgiving dinners with stodgy grandmothers wherein you are required to not only clothe your bottom half but make yourself look snappy. It is, after all, a festive occasion, and while the activity of eating large quantities of food is theoretically best-suited to nudity — nature’s most forgiving ensemble — the pomp and circumstance of celebrating alongside 50 relatives is not.

Ergo, when Elizabeth proposed the idea of styling three perfect-for-Thanksgiving outfits that are not only free of restrictive waistbands but also actually look cool, I unbuttoned my jeans and paid attention. Below, definitive proof that you can feel comfortable and put-together simultaneously, plus styling tips to seal the deal.

Outfit #1

“This velvet dress has a removable rope belt, so you can loosen it as you please or take it off entirely,” Elizabeth told me. She chose to do the latter but added a blazer to ensure the silhouette would still have some definition, with pockets big enough to smuggle leftover bread rolls.

Outfit #2

“These pants have a great elastic waistband but still retain an elevated feel due to the material,” said Elizabeth. “The Creatures of Comfort sweater also nails that elusive combination of comfort and sophistication thanks to a Peter Pan collar.”

I’m an advocate for any sweater that matches the color of the pat of butter I would theoretically enjoy spreading on the aforementioned smuggled bread rolls, so there’s that too.

Outfit #3

Elizabeth is obsessed with puffer jackets from the brand Ienki Ienki, which she discovered on a recent market appointment. “They’re the perfect Thanksgiving outerwear because they’re basically wearable down comforters, but chic,” she said. Add in a midi dress with just the right amount of internal wiggle room, and you’ve got yourself an outfit ready-made for second helpings.

Okay! Your turn: Do you have any tips or favorite outfits that facilitate comfort and cool at the same time? If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, what are you planning to wear? Oh, also, what’s your favorite kind of pie??? Meet me in the comments with a slice.

Styled by Elizabeth Tamkin, Photos by Edith Young; Modeled by Hui Wang of Fenton Model Management

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  • Harling, I know this will make you cringe, but I plan to wear my high-rise jeans (from Madewell, so stretchy/flexible). It’ll keep the belly from looking too expanded, but will also be comfortable with a nice, cropped oversized sweater.

    • Aydan

      omg I was just having this thought this morning. I need to pack tonight and I was thinking about packing high waisted isabel marant black trousers to pair with an oversized turtleneck sweater tucked in….am I cursing myself?!?!?!?

      • How tight is the waistband/are the pants stretchy?

        • Aydan

          All relevant points!! It has a little give and I always dry clean them cause I’m scared my wash and fold place will mess them up—I think I gotta rethink my outfit 🙂

  • Imaiya Ravichandran

    that tibi coat really has me fucked up 😍

    • Amelia Diamond

      S A M E

    • Elizabeth Tamkin

      S A M E ^2

  • Dressed With Soul

    Love especially the first looks but the other outfits are also so cool and for sure comfy!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

  • Sarah

    Yo i audibly gasped at all of these outfits thank you Elizabeth 😍😩😍

    • Elizabeth Tamkin

      that makes me beam!!!

  • Abby

    I’m so here for outfit #1, I would wear it every single day.

  • Anna

    Great outfits! I’m in love with the last dress, even thought about buying it a few weeks back, but sadly it was just too expensive for me

  • Aleda Johnson

    I need those Prada boots, but like cheaper? They cost more than I make in a month.

  • WHOA. Haven’t read the rest of the post yet because THOSE PRADA BOOTS. Off to a fantastic start.

    • TinySoprano

      Those Prada boots are something my D&D character would wear. I knew she had good taste!

  • Alissa

    Planning to wear a dark floral Christy Dawn maxi dress so I don’t have to worry about waistbands or shaving 💁🏼

    • Elizabeth Tamkin

      YES!

  • Patricia Sendón

    I love that dress but I haven’t wear one during fall-winter in ages. For some reason I’m no able to wear tights, they make feel my legs so itchy😣

    • Alissa

      I have the same issue with most tights. Have you tried sweater tights? The ones I have from Hue are fleece lined so I can tolerate them, and they almost feel like leggings!

      • Patricia Sendón

        Yeah sweater tights sound like and option too. I’ll have a look at the Hue. Thanks a lot 🙂

    • Elizabeth Tamkin

      American Apparel used to make good tights. I also really like Hue! These one’s were DKNY and they even have a control top 😉

      • Patricia Sendón

        I’ll check them, thank you:)

  • Harling Ross

    Eliz killing it on the lewk train

  • Susie Gorden

    I’m going with the easy pant from J Crew in velvet with a simple jersey top with statement sleeves. Hope I don’t drag the statement sleeves in gravy!

  • Amelia Diamond

    i want that rhode resort dress, tibi coat and toga blazer, santa if you’re reading

  • ChiefCC

    Great styling!

  • Randip Parhar

    Outfit 1 is to die for. So chic, and literally goals. Too bad I’m too broke to afford those boots =(

  • Rachel Schindelman

    I feel like this – and just about every other article on this site – could be retitled “Things I Can Get Away With Because I’m Skinny”. Where is the plus-size representation? I love MR’s style but have never seen any suggestions for how to embody it when your body isn’t stick-thin.

    • I hear you. That second outfit for example, on my short and rather thick frame would make me look like a sack of potatoes! There have been a few plus size articles I’ve seen recently on MR with some fantastic outfits, but they’re definitely few and far between.

  • That first outfit is gorgeous and I want it immediately. I wonder how easy it woukd be to sew a velvet smock dress? I’m tempted to give it a go.

    • tinygoldenpins

      The dress would be easy but it’s very difficult to sew with velvet. The best way to do it is: little by little, handsew (in as big a stitch as you like) the sides together and then sew them with the machine. Do same with arms, etc. Velvet is really slippery. Look online for other tips but I find basting the best (am sewing a velvet tee shirt right now).

  • Victoria

    OMG this is so good

  • Megan

    How to look cool and comfy: wear thousands of dollars worth of clothes.

    When I’m 55 I’ll be able to wear/afford all these amazing looks.

  • Sophy

    I just love the vibes of man repeller’s comment section also loving these outfits!

    • Sophy

      Never any trolling like other websites 🙂

  • Charlie

    Where I live we don’t celebrate thanksgiving… but that’s okay because look #2 is a complete party on its own and I am definitely attending that one! That Tibi coat is the main course and those Golden Goose pants are the dessert.

  • In order to look comfy one can wear their summer dress as inner wears and layer out the jackets and sweaters. High heels looks perfect when wore with jumpsuits. Prefer for the cream color.

  • Summer Mosher.

    blazers are a big one for me for sure, specifically an oversized blazer. YES. I HAVE SOME INSPO now thanks guys xx

  • Natalie Redman