Standout Style for Thanksgiving and Black Friday

Black Friday @ H&M
Black Friday @ H&M

Thanksgiving is a holiday where we all come together with family and friends to give thanks for everything we have and appreciate, but you really want to know what my favorite part of Thanksgiving is? It isn’t even the holiday itself; it’s what comes after the holiday, which is Black Friday. For those of you that don’t know what Black Friday is, allow me to tell you. Black Friday is the official start of the holiday season for shoppers. Most importantly, it’s a day where I can spend a ton of money without caring if I’m depleting my bank account.

Thanksgiving and Black Friday are two important days for my family. Thanksgiving is a day where we all come together to enjoy the delicious food and desserts prepared by my mother and aunts. Being the fly guy that I am, it’s always a struggle trying to decide how I’m going to look while throwing down, and at the same time be comfortable in what I’m wearing.

On Black Friday, I want to look good, so I can flirt with all the female cashiers at my favorite retail stores to get even more discounts, but I also want to be comfortable like I am at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Luckily, over the past few years I’ve learned how to dress comfortable and fashionable for both the holiday and the day after.

First, I’m going to begin with giving you all tips on what to wear to Thanksgiving dinner. I personally have a rule for Thanksgiving dinner. That rule is, NO sweatpants at all, unless I’m going to change into them after dinner to watch the football game on TV with the rest of my family. Other than that, I don’t wear sweatpants on that particular day. I know it sounds weird, but I feel like one should treat their Thanksgiving dinner like a family dinner party, and put some effort into getting dressed to look at least decent while being around family and friends that day.

Instead of sweatpants both women and men can opt for something casual such as a sweater or a cardigan paired with jeans, or guys can pair them with chinos (It’s not too late in the season to rock chinos; you can rock ’em until there is snow on the ground.). Women can wear skirts, which can be dressed up or down. Guys can also rock a fresh button-down shirt or a flannel at the dinner table with dark denim; wear that with some Clark’s Originals desert boots or Chelsea boots, and I bet you’ll be the man at Thanksgiving dinner. For those women out there that like to get a little fancy, a casual dress appropriate for the season will look cold at the dinner table (no pun intended on the weather).

Now, just because I mentioned that you can go the casual route for dinner, that doesn’t mean that you have to get uptight about dressing for it. Some families are very relaxed when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner and could care less about what is worn on that day. So if the focus of your family is only to eat and take turns sharing what you’re thankful for, then go for wearing joggers, sweats or hoodies and crewnecks with jeans; just make sure your pants are loose after eating dinner. The last thing you want is for a button to pop off your jeans or shirt from being so stuffed… That would not be a good look.

Moving on to Black Friday. Whether you’re going out at 4 a.m. or 4 p.m. that day, you have to have a Black Friday ‘fit planned out. When it comes to Black Friday, it doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, you must be comfortable. Especially if you are one of those people who is going to run around the mall, Walmart and Target like a maniac trying to find all the best deals. My suggestion would be skip wearing sweats on Thanksgiving and save ’em for Black Friday. Also, you guys might want to wear a comfortable shoe like a runner or something light because, I don’t know about you, but my family and I spend a lot of time walking around the mall and outside retail stores that day, and usually there’s always that one person whose feet fails them from walking too much. So you may not want to wear boots that day… unless you’re going out in a blizzard.

Because there are always huge crowds of people in the store and people are standing so close together, stores and malls can become hot, so I recommend wearing a jacket, fleece or pullover that is lightweight but still has the ability to keep you warm. Brands such as NorthFace, Marmot and Columbia are great for lightweight and breathable jackets and fleece.

If you are going out on Nov. 28, I recommend that you look your best, although you want be comfortable. Don’t get too comfortable; make sure you’re good on the grooming side, keep breath mints, wear deodorant. There’s nothing worse than standing in line with someone who has bad body odor. Also, guys, wear some good smelling cologne if you have some, and, ladies, wear some good smelling perfume or body spray. I know that sounds weird, but every year when I go on Black Friday, I always make sure I’m comfortable but also still dressed and groomed nicely. I can’t tell you all how many winter coats I’ve been able to purchase for my little sisters and brother that were damn-near free because I flirted with the cashiers who were working in the children’s department at Macy’s. (Now, if only that worked with some of the girls I try to flirt with inside PacSun on Black Friday.)

I know you guys are probably tired of me talking, and some of you are even thinking to yourselves, “Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving break aren’t for another few weeks,” AKA what seems like an eternity for right now. But just remember it’ll be here before we all know it, and, besides, it’s never too early to start dreaming about fresh turkey and pumpkin pie. Also, remember those tips I gave you: Depending on the dress code for your family, for Thanksgiving dinner, keep it comfortable but casual at the table. Sweats are cool if your family isn’t going to judge you for ’em, and as far as Black Friday goes, dress comfortable but try to keep it fresh and work on how to flirt. You can really benefit from it on Black Friday.

If you loved this blog, then go check out my Cyber Monday blog.

Last but not least, I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, and I hope the start of your holiday is LIT and filled with GOOD vibes.

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