So you’re planning a housewarming party or other special event at your home. And, you want your party outfit to be extra-special, right? But, you know that you will be moving around all evening, on your feet. In addition to everything else going on, now you have to figure out what to wear! You need a fabulous outfit that is also comfortable, so you can enjoy your party.
Well, you’re in luck! We just hosted our Holiday party, which was also our housewarming party. I’ll show you the details of my party outfit, plus tips for selecting a hostess outfit when entertaining at home. Hopefully this will provide some inspo to help you plan your party outfit!
Planning a Housewarming Party Hostess Outfit
Consider the Party Attire
Once our holiday housewarming party invitations were mailed, friends began to ask about the attire. I told them, “Cocktail attire, whatever that means to you – just wear something festive!”
Although our housewarming party was truly a “cocktail” party, I knew that most of our guests would prefer to wear jeans than a cocktail dress. We wanted everyone to be comfortable and have fun, so I pretty much left the attire up to each guest.
Consider What Guests Will Wear
Now, I generally like to dress up. Therefore, at this point I began to think about what my party outfit would be, as hostess.
Based on my response to the dress code inquiries, I anticipated that most guests would arrive in jeans, with a few dresses here and there. So, I decided to put together an elegant jeans outfit. I wanted to select an outfit that would make everyone feel comfortable and appropriately dressed, regardless of their definition of “cocktail attire”.
My “Festive” & “Casually-Chic” Party Outfit
We are having an extremely mild (HOT!) winter here in New Orleans. Luckily, the night of our housewarming party was very cold (cold for us, at least – the temperature was in the mid forties). Therefore, I was happy that I could wear some fave boots and not worry about sweating all evening!
For my holiday party hostess outfit I decided on dark skinny jeans with a dressy lace off-the shoulder top (both from Ann Taylor) and tall low-heeled boots. The top was designed to be a bit flowy. I don’t do “flowy” very well, so I tied a velvet sash at the waist, which gave the top a peplum effect.
The Accessories & Makeup
The gorgeous bracelet I wore is the Marcellino Cuff, from local designer Mignon Faget. I have been a collector of her designs for many years. This is actually one of my favorite pieces.
This Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick (mine was “Ricco”) goes on smoothly and dries to a gorgeous matte finish. It won’t wear off and does not feel drying to the lips.
A key tip for wearing matte lip color is to exfoliate the day before. Because, a matte lip will show any dryness or flaking on the lips. Also, be sure to use lip balm and prime your lips prior to applying.
Elements from my holiday party hostess outfit are linked at the bottom of this post. Earrings, sash and boots are similar to my items.
5 Tips for Selecting Your Hostess Outfit
- When hosting a party, regardless of how formal the attire, it is important to wear clothing and shoes that are “comfortably chic”.
- Consider what your guests may wear, and plan a party outfit that won’t make them feel over or under-dressed.
- Remember that it’s easy to dress up more “casual” clothing with accessories. Even makeup and the way you wear your hair can make an outfit more festive.
- Fabrics such as matte jersey look elegant, yet are extremely comfortable.
- Flats or very low-heeled shoes are a must, because the hostess rarely sits down!
I’d love to see your hostess outfit for your next party. Please tell me all about it in the comments below!
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