How to be a Haute Hostess

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How to be a Haute Hostess

When it comes to throwing a dinner party, cocktail hour, holiday get together or any other social gathering, there are a million and one things to worry about: There’s deciding when to have it, who to invite, what food you should prepare, what music you should play and more. When inviting people into your home, you want to make sure every little detail is perfectly in place so nothing goes awry and everyone has a fabulous evening. And just when you think you have enough to worry about, you remember the most vexing task of all: deciding what to wear.

As the hostess, we know you feel obligated to look your best. However, when you consider the night of clearing plates and serving food ahead of you, you feel the need to be comfortable as well. We’re here to tell you not to fear: Finding the perfectly balanced, wonderfully chic hostess outfit is a lot easier than you think.

When it comes to your outfit, go basic. Opt for a simple dress that is easy to move in. Stay away from strapless dresses or funky cut outs that will have you tugging and shifting all night long. If your occasion is a little more casual, go for cute pants and a chic blouse. Again, avoid pants that will have you wishing you could slip into your yoga pants five minutes into the party. Go for jeggings or slacks that you know are comfy and cute. Stay away from super-drapy tops. The last thing you want is your pretty silky sleeves ruined by chip dip. Here are a few pieces that will make you the most stylish hostess in town:

From left to right: BDG Velvet Pant, $59 at Urban Outfitters, BB Dakota Dress, $85 at ModCloth, Sheer Coral Pink Top, $41 at Lulu’s, Crochet Stripe Dress, $78 at Nasty Gal, Pins and Needles Blouse, $69 at Urban Outfitters, Silence & Noise Crinkle Denim Legging, $39 at Urban Outfitters

When it comes to footwear, choose comfort over style. (Gasp!) No, we’re not telling you to rock your sneakers or flip flops, but we are telling you to stay away from the sky high stilettos. As you will be on your feet a good amount of the night, you want to make sure you’re wearing shoes that don’t hurt. Go for cute flats or, if you still want some height, fun wedges. Your feet will thank you for treating them right. Here are some great options:

From left to right: Isaac Mizrahi New York Wedge Booties, $130 at Macy’s, Call it SPRING Wedges, $40 at Zappos, Timeless Galaxy Wedge Boot, $49 at ASOS, STEVEN by Steve Madden Flats, $67 at Macy’s, Vince Camuto Jazz Flats, $68 at Macy’s, DV by Dolce Vita Flats, $60 at Zappos.

Finally, invest in an apron you love. Don’t worry, you don’t have to sacrifice your style here! You definitely don’t want to get your clothes dirty while you’re washing wine glasses, but luckily for you there are tons of cute aprons available. Here are a few of our favorites:

From left to right: Ruffled Retro Apron, $40 at Etsy, Sugar Spots Apron, $38 at Anthropologie, Tea-and-Crumpets Apron, $32 at Anthropologie, Retro Pinup Apron, $40 at Etsy.

Next time you’re hosting a dinner party, no matter what goes wrong, we know you’ll nail one thing: Your perfect hostess style. And, after all, isn’t that the most important thing of all?


 -Laura Petro

Images Courtesy of: Urban OutfittersModClothLulu’s Nasty Gal, Urban Outfitters (1,2),  Macy’sZapposASOS, Macy’s (1,2), ZapposEtsy, Anthropologie (1,2), Etsy. 


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