The Adventures of the VIP: Dress to Impress the Turkey

November 21, 2012

Columbus, MS, Culture, Fashion

“Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go! Over the river and through the woods, oh how the wind does blow. It stings the toes and bites the nose, as over the ground we go. Over the river and through the woods, to have a full day of play. Oh, don’t you hear the oven timer beeping and dinging, for Thanksgiving Day is almost here?!” What a great song to adapt to fit this wonderful time of feasting and thanking!  Change a few words and – BAM! – you have a Thanksgiving celebration tune to hum, as you cook up a big, fat delicious turkey, stuffing, and a sweet potato casserole! My mouth is watering, just thinking about it! The food will be amazing, as always, but let’s dress to impress, this Thanksgiving holiday! I can see it, now – we women dressed so elegantly, yet subtle, in pretty dresses, and men in dark denim and adorable bowties; all we need, now, is Grandma’s homemade pecan pie, and we will have ourselves a festive feast!

This week, in The Adventures of the VIP, I am going to show y’all how to look totally fabulous for all of your Thanksgiving activities!  It is as easy as cranberry sauce from a can!

Ladies, dress to impress the turkey, this holiday, by wearing lovely emerald! Pair an emerald green dress with a ravishing statement necklace, sparkly earrings and vintage-style heels for a look that will make you a Thanksgiving cutie pie! Carry that fabulous green dress into the Christmas holiday by simply changing accessories! Red heels and lots of sparkle will make this outfit a Christmas wonderland!

We all love Black Friday shopping! Who doesn’t love a super sale?  Shop the madness in style and comfort by wearing a graphic or band sweatshirt, dark gray corduroy pants, and retro sneakers.  This ensemble can easily be taken to the next level with a gray-hue fedora and layered necklaces. With this outfit, you will be ready to take on the crowds of Black Friday shoppers in VIP style!

Boys, boys, boys! Whatever will you wear as you travel to see family and friends, this Thanksgiving holiday? A vintage Gabardine raincoat will do just the trick! So classic and so attractive, it works dashingly for all of your adventuresome needs! Sid Caradine sports his terrific vintage Gabardine raincoat with Hartman luggage – talk about traveling in style! Now, for a quick history lesson brought to you by Mister Sid Caradine! “Hartman Luggage was founded 130 years ago by a Bavarian trunk maker, Joseph S. Hartman, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Hartman luggage was forever immortalized in Ian Fleming’s 1954 novel, ‘LIVE AND LET DIE.’”  Long story short, boys: a vintage raincoat and luggage is the perfect way to dash about in style and impress that turkey, upon arrival

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Time to talk tips, fashionistas and fashionable gentlemen! With these tips you will be ready to impress everyone at your Thanksgiving festivities!

VIP Tips on Dressing to Impress – Thanksgiving Style!:

  1. The Perfect Transition! – A red or green-hue dress works excellent from Thanksgiving to Christmas! For Thanksgiving, avoid green or red accessories. When in doubt, choose a multicolored statement necklace with a few bracelets and neutral-toned heels for a look that is simply divine and feast-worthy.
  2. A Day Full of Play! – You can never go wrong with a little black dress. It is so classic, so sleek, and it flatters all shapes and sizes! Pair a little black dress with fun patterned tights and vibrant-colored pumps for a look that will perk up any holiday dinner in style!
  3. Let’s Hear It for the Boys! – A white or pale-yellow Oxford button-up paired with dark denim jeans and cognac leather tasseled loafers gives off a subtle preppy look that will carry from brunch to dinner. Embrace the holiday spirit and dress up this ensemble with a festive necktie or bowtie.  If ties aren’t your style, pair this subtle outfit with a relaxed red coat and a patterned scarf for a daring and sharp outfit! These looks will have all of the girls saying, “Let’s Hear It for the Boys!”

Special thanks to Sid Caradine for emailing me his awesome traveling outfit!  A vintage Gabardine raincoat and Hartman Luggage – oh my, you cannot get more classic and VIP-approved than that!

Did you create the perfect Thanksgiving ensemble?  Email me photos at or post them to my Facebook page at!

Also, do not forget to like me on Facebook to keep up with sneak peeks and the latest VIP news!

Stay Fabulous!

 Abby Hathorn is a sixteen-year-old blogger and student who enjoys shopping, traveling, and all things vintage

Editor’s Note: Photo of Sid Caradine is courtesy of Carlos Rosales and Brenda Caradine.

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