Giving Thanks: Perfect Little Girl Semi-Formal Looks For Thanksgiving

2019 Oct 21st

Depending on your holiday schedule, you might need a few girls' Thanksgiving outfits. There's Thanksgiving, of course, but your little girl may also need a dress for early and late celebrations of the holiday, not to mention any Friendsgiving get-togethers and school activities. On a holiday like Thanksgiving, which is devoted to eating and having fun with your loved ones, it can sometimes be better to go with casual fall dresses as opposed to anything too dressy or fussy. Save the frills and ribbons for Christmas or Easter. Put your daughter in a pretty but practical dress that allows her to chase her cousins, romp with her grandparents, and battle for the wishbone without worrying about her clothing. Browse the selection of fabulous frocks at Sara Dresses, beginning with our list of top picks.

A Little Whimsy on Thanksgiving

girl in a butterfly-printed dress

Thanksgiving occurs smack in the middle of fall, but girls' Thanksgiving outfits can bring a bit of springtime to the holiday. It's tempting to dress up your princess in the colors of the season. As you'll see, that's certainly a fantastic—and fashionable—idea. However, a little girl on the West Coast might not feel those autumn vibes as strongly. A young lady in New England might already be yearning for spring. The point is that you can't count out bright colors and springtime inspiration simply because it's Thanksgiving.

We suggest sticking to something in the blue spectrum because the shades are neither too bright nor too drab. Let your little lass indulge in her love of colors and whimsy in a dress that's both practical and pretty. While the turkeys gobble and everyone roots for their favorite football team, she can frolic with the butterflies and horseplay with her cousins in a ruffled dress that still invites total freedom of movement.

Denim Gets the Job Done

little girl wearing a denim dress

Denim is one of the most comfortable materials on Earth, but your little girl can't wear jeans to Thanksgiving. What would the grandparents think?! There's a way around that, though. Plenty of casual fall dresses are made with denim. That goes for adults as well. The trend has traveled down to children's clothing, too, however, meaning that you won't have a problem finding an adorable jean dress. Dress up the practical fabric with ruffles and a few well-chosen accessories. Pick out something that's easy to layer with a winter coat or cardigan sweater.

Bright As the November Sun

child wearing vintage-inspired yellow dress

Yellow is one of the season's standout colors. Consider shopping for girls' Thanksgiving outfits that feature the sunny hue, which is perfectly at home in the prettiest fall palettes. The color lends itself well to vintage-inspired pieces. Just picture your princess in a vivid yellow dress with a subtle floral pattern and a fringe of pompoms. Here's a style tip that you can use anytime your lovely girl wears anything yellow: avoid black accessories. Shoes, belts, little bags, and coats should be brown, even if it's a dark shade. Black and yellow always create a honeybee effect, no matter how unintended.

A Shift in Style

child in a pink shift dress

Discover casual fall dresses with just a hint of fancy flair. All it takes is the right style. Shift dresses don't cinch and pinch in uncomfortable places. They won't restrict your little girl's movement, nor will she have to worry about wrinkled fabric or untied bows. If you want to step it up a bit due to the holiday, go vintage-inspired again. Might we suggest a little lace and a dreamy color? She'll look precious in all the family photographs, but she won't have to sacrifice any playtime while everyone else is trying to digest their pumpkin pie.

Florals Outside the Box

girl wearing a sunflower printed dress

Floral dresses are common as girls' Thanksgiving outfits go, but you don't want your little girl to wear anything too common. Instead of the standard pinks and blues, go back to that celebration of yellow. Pick out patterns and color palettes that speak to the autumn foliage outside. Yellow, red, orange, and deep, dark burgundy are perfect hues for the holiday. From fall wildflowers to oversize sunflowers, you can dress her head to toe in blossoms. Extra points if you snag a hair accessory to match her dress.

Something Semi-Formal

little girl in a grey and cream dress

When all else fails, go with grey. Grey is an underrated color. Contrary to popular belief, it's not a dreary or sad choice, especially if paired with the right hues. Silvery grey and cream white, for example, are lovely together. Grey is a softer, more romantic alternative to black, which is too much for a little girl to wear at Thanksgiving. Keep it light and frothy with a touch of semi-formal charm. Add in a bit of tulle to take it to a fairy princess level. Give your girl a dress that will inspire her to play the day away while the adults gossip around the table.

A Mythical Day

child wearing a unicorn dress

Have you noticed how popular unicorns are lately? You know what that means, don't you? Indulge your little girl's love of mythical creatures. You might be surprised at the bevy of casual fall dresses you can find with a unicorn theme. Nothing will spark her imagination more than a brightly colored dress with a print that pops. Halloween may well be the most magical holiday, but there's no reason your daughter can't bring a little magic to Thanksgiving, too.

Check out our selection of dresses to find just the right girls' Thanksgiving outfits for the holiday. You can find more inspiration on our blog, too. Spend more than $50, and we're pleased as punch to offer you free shipping.