The coziest time of year is just on the horizon! With the changing of seasons comes the delicate dance of nostalgia and joy. The warmth of summer sunshine is replaced by the coolness of soulful autumn skies and sweet summertime adventures are replaced by endless fall festivities. Thanksgiving is amongst these annual occasions for many of us and for those who celebrate this occasion, finding the perfect outfit to wear as a petite and feel your best in can be tricky. Read on to gain some inspo for attending those upcoming family gatherings in your best petite style and, of course, comfort!

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Flowy Dress

If you fancy wearing dresses, flowy silhouettes are staples for this occasion! They allow for comfort and breathability while being on the go and enjoying a plate (or two) of that tasty Thanksgiving meal! On petite frames, sometimes looser styles can feel visually overpowering. To balance out proportions and flatter at the waistline, try accessorizing with a belt!

You can also opt for a solid color or a smaller print that reminds you of this fall and joyous season. Pair with your favorite neutral-colored boots/booties to elevate the look or dress it down with fashion sneakers–the choice is yours!

Faux Leather Pants

Chic faux leather in the form of pants?! Yes, please! You may have noticed the increase in popularity of this trend–and for good reason! Regardless of the silhouette, faux leather can instantly elevate an outfit. If you are petite, cropped or ankle-length options tend to work best because of the shorter inseam!

Black or brown faux leather will definitely be staples in your wardrobe, as they can easily pair with white blouses and other solid tops & fun sweaters. Don't be afraid to try out dark green or burgundy shades for an adventurous feel. If you plan to host or attend a less casual celebration, these may be a great elevated choice!

Casual Joggers

While joggers can most certainly be the perfect year-round lounge option, they can easily be dressed up or down for other casual occasions too! Joggers and jogger-style bottoms are especially conducive to those of us shorties, as the cinched leg is never a trip hazard! This feature can often make them slightly adjustable as well since most styles tend to be cut right above the ankle.

If you plan to celebrate the day in a laidback way, elastic waistbands are also going to be your best friend. Try styling your joggers and pair them with a matching sweater for a monochromatic and cozy look!

Your Favorite Sweater

Name a better occasion to bring out that favorite sweater you’ve been waiting to wear all year! The easiest, breeziest outfit combo for Thanksgiving might just be this: a sweater and jeans! As this day may necessitate greater comfort than many others throughout the year, a pair of jeans that is high in stretch would be an especially excellent option!

Most sweaters tend to have long sleeves and hemlines which can leave you drowning in fabric as petite. Choose true petite styles that accommodate petite proportions! Whether you gravitate toward high necklines or classic v-necks, the perfect sweater is calling your name this season!

Long Skirts

Never underestimate the power of a skirt! Who doesn’t like a good, cinematic twirl-moment, am I right?! Like flowy dresses, long skirts can be well-suited for Thanksgiving gatherings, due to their ease of wear and comfortability. While maxis can sometimes be tricky for petites, they can also be confidence-boosting and fun to wear!

If you wish to channel all the fall vibes but don't love maxi lengths, try out a midi! These are a great choice for petites since they show off a little more leg. Style with neutral shoes, a pretty blouse, and glam accessories for a dressier option to give thanks in!

Thanksgiving is a special time spent in both reflection & celebration of all that we are thankful for. It is another opportunity & reminder to extend this gratitude to the world around us. Whether you plan on attending a formal family gathering or a casual day in play, dress in a way that makes you feel best!

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*Cover photo: Dawn P. Darnell