Turn Your Inappropriate Holiday Looks to See Your In-Laws into Appropriate Ones!

Turkeys are getting picked out, special sauces are being thought out, meal plans are being made … Thanksgiving is on its way! With all the excitement of our tummies and thoughts of football games and delicious smells radiating through our homes, in-laws do come to mind. Thanksgiving usually means family time, and family time usually means spending time with our partner’s family. For some of us, this is a good thing, for others … well, we won’t get too into that.

No matter what your relationship might be with your in-laws, we cannot forget the ever-important Thanksgiving dinner dress code. This dress code is something that, as silly as it seems and as annoying as it may be, is very important.  You want to be festive and all in the spirit, but you want to feel good, and most of all, you want to dress appropriately. There is a fine line, and even though something may feel right … it just might not be.

Whether it’s too tight, out of season, too short, or just too plain, I am here to show you what’s a “no” (inappropriate) and what’s a “go” (appropriate) when seeing your in-laws this holiday season! I’ll also share tips on how to simply switch between the two!

  • A NO!- Too short 1 of 8

    Besides this dress being ill-fitting, it's way too short to wear to dinner with your in-laws. Length is a huge deal, and should be first on your mind when picking out something to wear this Thanksgiving. If you have a small child, you should also think about wearing something that is a little less constricting. As cute as you may look, it may not be a logical choice. Picking up your little one and putting him or her down might be a tad uncomfortable. Lastly, if your dress is short, well, no one wants to see your undergarments as you bend over to pick up your baby. It's Thanksgiving, and I think everyone will be thankful if they didn't see that sight at the dinner table. 


  • A GO!- Just the right length 2 of 8

    To stick with my shiny sequin number, I simply switched my ill-fitting dress into a relaxed fit skirt. This shiny skirt looks much like a pencil skirt, but fits much like a T-shirt skirt. I paired my skirt up with a simple denim top and a fun and festive belt. This look can also be great for a simple family Christmas get-together as well. 


  • A NO!- Showing your undergarments 3 of 8

    I mean, this should be filed under things to NEVER do, but just in case you might think it's okay, it landed on my inappropriate for the in-laws list. It doesn't matter if your bra is black, pink, nude, or white, your in-laws should NOT see this. 

  • A GO!- Wrapping up chicly 4 of 8

    If your dress happens to show any bra or even a see-through bottom, a long wrap scarf is a go! Pair yours with a chunky belt to hold your wrap in place, but also to give a chic twist on your relaxed look. 

  • A NO!- A ridiculous "running" black 5 of 8

    This black get-up looks like I am about to go on a chilly morning run. Paired with a pair of running sneakers and voila! But, that's not okay for dinner with most likely appropriately dressed in-laws. This look screams "I didn't try!" — and we all know everyone loves just a tiny bit of effort!

  • A Go!- Mix up your black 6 of 8

    It's not that all black is a no. It's just that black with effort is best. For an all-black, still relatively relaxed look, I paired a soft black tee, with a black and white printed skirt. The skirt I chose was crazy comfortable, freeing up space for food. I also went with all-black tights and a pair of all-black boots. This simple green belt pulled my looked together. 

  • A NO!- Out-of-season styles 7 of 8

    We all love a good dress, but this dress is definitely a summer dress. I'm not sure of the rules when you live in warmer climates, but in New York City, this is a NO! This dress is thin and won't last against the November winds and chill. 

  • A GO! – In-season styles 8 of 8

    If you want to stick to your white, black, and red look, just like the previous picture, go with a pair of white jeans and a red blazer. 

You can find more personal style tips, thoughts on city life, and cute toddler pictures over on LaTonya’s blog.

And if you dare, even more on her instagram (@latonyayvette)

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