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The Edit: What to Wear for a Stylish Thanksgiving


The festive season is almost upon us and but the precursory event that precedes the end-of-year celebrations is definitely here: Thanksgiving. It goes without saying that there is a lot to be thankful for, after another year of the pandemic and global disruptions. 

Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving the traditional way gathered around the dinner table with family and friends, or putting your own spin on events and choosing a different expression that feels more authentic to you such as meditation or reflection, the desire to look the part is still very much present. This season, African designer brands have updated classic designs with tactile fabrications and fresh silhouettes that are perfectly appropriate for the new normal.

Read on below for our curation of stylish festive outfits that meet the dress codes for several occasions.


For a formal dinner

If you’ve been waiting all year for a bona fide return to truly dressing up, and the glamor that comes with it, then a formal Thanksgiving is a good chance as any. Pull out all the stops for a sit-down dinner in a maximalist tailoring. South African brand VIVIERS’ pink velvet Tailored Jacket and Cocoon Pants set is a modern take on the classic suit, and is emblematic of the brand’s aim to redefine luxury by celebrating individuality. Wear it with a dark-colored top to complement the jacket’s contrasting collar and cuff trims and accessorize with the croc-effect Mini Amivi Apollo Bag from Ibeka.

Also on the velvet train is artisanal Nigerian brand BLOKE, who has crafted its Two-Tone Patchwork blazer from panels of the textile in mossy green and chocolate brown autumnal shades. Team the blazer with a simple tee and pants in another fall hue—red— for a smart look that’s perfect for the holiday season.

For a casual gathering

Having a low-key Thanksgiving this year? Whether you’re treating it as any other day on the calendar or have yet to finalize your plans for that Thursday evening, it is still a good idea to be low-key prepared. The co-ordinating sets from contemporary Ghanaian brand AJABENG are the perfect pieces for looks that are casual yet considered. Mix and match the blue tones of the Blue Short Sleeve Shirt and Standard Issue Pants. If you end up having a TV dinner or head on a spontaneous night out, you’ll be ready to go in style.

For a chic “friendsgiving”

The saying goes that friends are the family we choose for ourselves, and the rise in alternative Thanksgiving events spent with friends has brought about the modern portmanteau of “friendsgiving”. If you’re attending or hosting a friendsgiving, then it calls for a chic look that can last all day. Enter the Abstract Batwing Dress from VIVIERS. The artful design of the mid-length dress will have you standing out for all the right reasons. It cinches at the waist for a shapely fit and the skirt provides plenty of movement for a day of festivities. Finish the look with a pair of comfortable heels and the Staple Cuff from jewelry brand KHIRY.

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