Thanksgiving 2020: Different, But Still Special

Thanksgiving 2020: Different, But Still Special

By Fern Baker-Guy, Stylist at Intrigue Fine Apparel

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. Maybe it’s yours, too. Food, friends and family, and zero gifting pressure! I so look forward to it every year. But it’s 2020, and one thing we know for sure: Thanksgiving is going to be verrry different this year.

Large family gatherings? Not this year. Friendsgiving with a bunch of your BFF’s? Nope. Jetting off to the islands? Probably not. 

Let’s face it, we’re feeling pretty stressed right now. So what can we do to inject some sense of normalcy into this Thanksgiving? I’ll tell you what (and this won’t surprise anyone, wink wink) – we can try our best to make the holiday still feel special by getting dressed. We can ditch the sweats, the pj’s and the comfortable but ratty sweater. Here are some ideas for dressing up for a different-but-still-special Thanksgiving, whatever your plans might be.

Immediate Family

You and your family can still enjoy the holiday, as you long as you keep it small and intimate. This is your opportunity for classic-with-a-twist styles, like this floral tiered skirt by Generation Love (hello elastic waist!). It’s in beautiful jungle shades shot through with a tiny bit of lurex thread. Pair it with a pearl collar camel sweater like this one from Leo & Ugo, or this beautiful merlot velvet button-down from Bella Dahl. The shirt can be worn buttoned and half-tucked, or open “shacket style” over a cami or sleeveless top.

Generation Love skirt
Leo & Ugo sweater

Small Gathering of Friends

Your Friendsgiving may be smaller than usual this year, but show up in casually festive attire that makes you feel on-trend. Try this cozy-but-glam hooded sweater with rhinestones by Leo & Ugo. It pairs perfectly with jeans of any type. A nice option that’s a bit different would be these J Brand hi-rise crop flairs in a taupy-gray. Finish it off with a cool bootie like this gorgeous kid leather Rodo ankle boot in tobacco and you’re done.

Leo & Ugo hooded sweater
J Brand jeans
Rodo boots

At-home Table for Two

It would be tempting to make it just another night on the couch with takeout. Don’t give in to the temptation! Even if you order your turkey feast instead of cooking it. Set the table. In the dining room.  Use the good china and crystal. Light candles. What to wear? Try these comfy velvet wide-leg pants by Commando (again, hello elastic waistband!). Add this burnout velvet peplum top by Ecru. You’ll feel beautiful and be comfortable all at the same time.

Ecru velvet top
Commando velvet pants



A popular option this year is the virtual Thanksgiving via Zoom. If your plans include a Zoomsgiving, all you need is a pretty top and you’re good to go. I am personally obsessed with this sheer, spotted top by Pinko in chocolate brown. The spots are velvet! It’s simply gorgeous. Wear it over a cami, or be daring and wear a nude bra. After all, it’s only Zoom!

PINKO Animal Print Sheer Blouse

I hope this inspires you to make the best of the current situation, even though it may be quite different from what you know and love. After all, Thanksgiving is about gratitude for all our blessings. So, however you are celebrating this year, please accept our warmest wishes for a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving. And we hope to see you at Intrigue!


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