The holidays are officially upon us, bringing joy, excitement and lots of stress. Thanksgiving serves as the official kickoff to the season, and many of us travel home to be with family, see friends and celebrate. While spending time with our families can be wonderful, all that traveling and all those heated political — er ... football — debates can be stressful.

Thanksgiving Day plans change and evolve over the years as we enter different phases of our lives. For many of us, tradition lends itself to spending the day with family and loved ones, heading to our favorite aunt’s house for her signature mashed potatoes and pumpkin cheesecake. Over the years, we may spend the holiday with friends or colleagues, share dinner with our significant other’s loved ones or even host the day, as we celebrate milestones like the purchase of a new home or the start of a family.

Though the holidays can be stressful, deciding what to wear shouldn’t be. Whether hosting or heading out, the recipe for success is to dress for the type of day. From meeting the parents for the first time, attending a Friendsgiving soiree or spending the day a home, we have the looks to keep you looking like anything but a turkey.

For meeting the parents

When you’re newly dating someone special, the holiday season lends itself to a major milestone in your courtship — meeting the parents. Naturally, Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to get to know your SO’s family as there are plenty of opportunities for conversation, laughs and any awkward exchanges can be mitigated by wine and good food, as everyone’s gathered around the table.

But the priority should be making a good first impression. Meeting the parents for the first time is much different than if you’ve been together for year, when Uggs, a cozy flannel and a great pair of jeans might be the outfit du jour.

The goal here us to look dressed, but not overdone, and polish off your outfit with a great coat.

• Booties: A festive bootie makes the sophisticated but more casual || Calvin Klein | Florentine Bootie $76.99 | Macy’s

• Coat: Kate Spade was a truly iconic designer and the world lost her way too soon earlier this year. As someone who started my career as a publicist, for many of us working in the entertainment and fashion industries as a junior executive, when you were finally able to purchase your first Kate Spade handbag, it was a sign you made it. I’ve been eyeing several classic pieces by the iconic designer of the last few months, and spotted this coat at the Kate Spade Factory Store at The Walk in Atlantic City. A cross between Jackie O’s timeless, classic style, and Jennifer Lopez’s glam, this coat is a statement piece that you will have in your closet for decades to come to rock on all of life’s milestone occasions.

• Kate Spade Factory Store | $795

• Dress: Velvet Dress by Vince Camuto | $128 |

For the at-home hostess

Comfort is key here, but you also want to look polished. A great pair of wide leg pants in a fun print, paired with a sweater, keeps things fun and casual.

• J Crew | Frankie Wide Leg Pants $200

• Free People Sweater | Macy’s | $76.80

For celebrating Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving might just be its own holiday these days, often hosted the week of Turkey Day, if not celebrated on the actual day. A great cold-shoulder sweater by Free People, a great pair of skinny jeans, and some great thigh-high boots celebrates autumn style just before heading into the winter season.

• Yuna Over-The-Knee Boot by Marc Fisher | | $229.95

• Lauren Conrad LC Off The Shoulder Sweater | Kohl’s | $36.99