It’s that time of year again, we can all feel it. The leaves are changing, the days are growing shorter, and suddenly porters and stouts are looking much more appetizing than they were just a few short weeks ago. Now that we’re past the madness of Halloween, we can focus our attention (and appetites) on the last great holiday of the fall season: Thanksgiving.
Every family’s Thanksgiving traditions are unique, but we can all agree on a few universal truths: stuffing is king, the Lions will probably lose, and someone’s uncle will get too drunk to drive home after dinner. However, as you get older and you start to break away from the holiday traditions of your youth, Thanksgiving may start to take on different a different significance in your life, whether that’s enjoying a more lax brouhaha with your close friends or meeting your future in-laws for the first time.
Although you might not be able to control which table you’re sat at or how much overcooked turkey you’re forced to eat to show your appreciation to the cook, the one thing that is solely up to you is how you dress for the occasion. Here are some tips for all of you gents on how to best present yourself at this year’s most festive celebration of gluttony and American pride:
1. Celebrating With Friends
Let’s face it, friends getting together to celebrate Thanksgiving is really just an excuse for everyone to get drunk and reminisce about awkward family holiday experiences from yesteryear. However, that shouldn’t mean that you show up to dinner in your throwback Aikman jersey and your college sweat pants. If you’re celebrating turkey day with your crew, aim away from the extreme when it comes to what you wear to dinner, you don’t need to be the most dressed up guy in the room and you don’t want to be the most dressed down.
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2. Celebrating With Family
If you’re lucky enough to make the trip home to see your family for Thanksgiving, it’ll most likely turn into a whirlwind of trying to catch up with aunts, uncles, cousins, and hangers on at the speed of light. Do yourself a favor and set the tone of your visit by letting the way you present yourself do some of the talking for you. Whether you saw your family last November or you haven’t seen many of them for years, use Thanksgiving as an opportunity to show them that you’ve grown up while also displaying some of your personality.
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3. Celebrating With Your Significant Other’s Family
Meeting the person you’re dating’s family for the first time can be an intimidating experience. Couple that with the inevitable tensions and drama that arise from any large family gathering around the holidays and our best advice for you might be to become familiar with the heaviest drinker of the family. When walking into the unknown (and an environment where first impressions can be very important), it’s best to dress both confidently and comfortably, make sure that the slew of new people that you’re meeting remember you for the charming and intelligent things you said, not how sloppily you dressed.
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