Gorging and Thanksgiving go hand in hand, but oftentimes, the meal itself also can be a dressy occasion. Don’t torture yourself deciding between undoing your zipper for a little more breathing room and going after another scoop of potatoes — tomorrow, youcan have your cake (and pie and cranberry sauce) and eat it too. Ahead, eight clever ways (spanning the spectrum of attractiveness and expandability) to help you nurture a happy, healthy food baby without any weird relatives asking whether you’re actually pregnant.
A Full, High-Waisted Skirt — The obvious dressy-but-not-constricting choice is a high-waisted skirt with a flared skirt. Go for a version that’s got a little stretch at the waist so it’ll expand as you do.
Orla Kiely Sparkle Skirt, $360, available at Orla Kiely.
A Loose Peplum — As long as the body of the dress isn’t too tight, a peplum can be just the ticket for Thanksgiving. The flared skirt helps hide any belly bulge, but you’ll still look prim and put-together at the dinner table.
H&M Flared Dress, $34.95, available at H&M.
Oversized Sweater With A Mid-Rise Trouser — Mid-rise trousers are your safest bet when it comes to pants (anything too low encourages spillage and anything too high will constrict you). Also, look for pants with a little elasticity. If you really need to start unbuttoning, an oversized sweater will help hide your undone waist. Just remember to re-do it before you stand up!
Twisted-Waist Dresses — A dress with some center ruching, tucking, and folding helps disguise a full stomach. For extra camouflage, choose a dress in a busy print.
Karen Walker Jackie Dress, $218, available at Shop Les Nouvelles
Low-Rise Leggings — Get away with wearing leggings at the dinner table by choosing a tailored, thick pair with special detailing (like a leather tuxedo stripe!). A longer-length button down and a chic, snuggly cardigan will keep the comfort factor extra-high.
Fashion Sweats — Lucky for you, fashion-forward sweatpants are still acceptable…as long as you take care to dress up the rest of your outfit. Make sure you’re adding on high heels and a chic blazer, not your college sweatshirt.
T By Alexander Wang Slub-French Track Pants, $185, available at Net-a-Porter
Empire-Waist Dresses — A empire-waist dress might not be the trendiest thing in your closet, but in a pinch, it’ll do. Bring the silhouette into 2012 by wearing it with gold cuffs and ankle boots.
Bamboo by United Bamboo Pilgrim Dress, $340, available at La Garconne.
Caftans — Announce your Turkey Day plans to everyone at dinner by showing up in a caftan. Roomy, extra-fabulous, and absolutely ridiculous, a caftan is the sort of thing that will make you winThanksgiving. And seriously, if you end up actually going for it, send us a pic — we’ll publish it!
Roberto Cavalli Long Printed Caftan, $1,625, available at Bergdorf Goodman.
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