For many people, hosting a party is a lot more enjoyable than attending a party. Even introverts can benefit from hosting a party.
Hosting a soiree comes with a ton of great perks.
For one thing, you get to set the invitation list and only invite people you like. You get to serve food and drinks you like, are in charge of the playlist and don’t have to drive to get there!
And because you are the host, you will be busy and will only have a few minutes to chat with guests before you’re whisked away to refill ice or something. So you won’t get stuck in a long, awkward conversation.
Plus, hosting a party will give you an excuse to deep clean your space (win-win).
Now the only thing left to think about is when to host and what you’ll wear. Read on for expert tips on how to dress for a party that you are hosting.
Did You Set a Dress Code?
Before you start thinking about how to dress for a party you are hosting, think about what you told guests.
If you sent out invites that listed the dress code, it is easier to follow suit. If you still have time, let your guests know what the dress code is.
Dressy casual or cocktail attire? Whatever vibe you are going for, make sure your guests know. That way no one will arrive in an inappropriate outfit and feel awkward.
Go for Ease of Movement
The most important factor in choosing your dinner party attire is that it needs to move with you. Your outfit must be comfortable to get your through the entire night without feeling pinched or constricted.
That means no restrictive pencil skirts today. Instead, opt for hostess attire that lets you breathe (and twist and bend and reach).
A great option that never fails is a swingy, midi dress. Choose a sheer fabric with a bold print to add some interest and elegance to your outfit.
A flirty dress is the perfect hostess outfit because it’s trendy without being too much. Your guests won’t feel like they are over or underdressed with you parading around in a gorgeous print midi dress.
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When you’re preparing hors d’oeuvres and wiping down bathroom sinks, you’re probably doing that without shoes. But when it’s time for your guests to arrive, you may want to slip into shoes that go with your outfit.
But, stay away from stilettos. After all, you will still be carrying in trays and refilling drinks. Show your feet some love by choosing shoes that have a wide, thick heel.
This will give you the height and elegance you want, yet still be comfortable enough to be on your feet most of the party.
If you plan to ask your guests to take off their shoes, then you don’t need any either. A sheer or dark pair of pantyhose will look great without shoes.
Accessories are tricky when you are hosting a dinner party. You don’t want your pendant necklace ending up in the dip.
What you need is a pair of statement earrings. They will stay out of the way but ve flashy enough to be noticed.
They will add class and a touch of flair to your outfit without going over the top. If your outfit calls for a necklace, choose one that stays put.
Match the Occasion
A good way to plan what to wear to a party is to consider the occasion. A new year’s eve party calls for metallics and sequins.
Greens and reds are an obvious choice for throwing a Christmas party. But you can also choose dark blue, rich materials and the ever-classic black with metallic accessories.
If you are hosting a friendsmas dinner, you’ll want to look cool but casual. A leather maroon skirt and a black or beige turtleneck paired with boots is just the ticket.
If you want to wear something fancy that you can dress up or down, look for a metallic tank or slip. You can pair it with a skirt or jeans according to your mood.
If you are having your dinner party catered, you’ll want to dress up to match the occasion. Go for a foil-printed, two-toned long skirt and a chic, black sleeveless blouse tucked in.
Add some gold accessories and you’ve nailed it.
Let’s say instead you’re hosting brunch. That definitely calls for something loungy.
A long, soft sweater dress and tights with comfy loafers is just right.
When You Don’t Want to Fuss
If you don’t have time to waste and can’t be bothered to try on outfits, you need a hero piece top. A hero piece item of clothing draws the eye, looks impressive and totally makes the outfit.
That way you can throw on a pair of black pants or leggings and you’ve got an instant party vibe!
Bottom Line on How to Dress for a Party
There you have it! Top tips on how to dress for a party that you are hosting.
At the end of the day, your hostess attire has to be true to you. You are naturally going to be the star of the show but you don’t want to feel like you aren’t yourself.
Within these guidelines look for colors and styles that you are drawn too. That way your outfit choice is one you will pull out of your closet again and again.
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