Dressing for the Party


The benefit of entertaining on your own turf is that it’s totally acceptable to chose your outfit based on comfort rather than dress-code mandates—that said, the two are not mutually exclusive. Here, we put together cute-yet-comfy looks to accommodate four common at-home hosting scenarios.

Weekend Brunch

A crisp cotton shirtdress is inherently lightweight and leaves plenty of room for easy movement—and while you might be inclined to pair with heels, the right-below-the-knee length means a strappy flat is even more complimentary. 

Afternoon Barbecue

A straw hat is essential when you’re out in the sun, so start at the top and work your way down to a loose, flutter-sleeve top (it doesn’t need to be tucked in, so no fussing with the hem), a pair of denim cutoffs, and sandals with a bit of grip for running around.

Cocktail Party

Whether poolside, on a balcony, or in the living room, cocktail separates teamed with a manageable heel are an easy solution. A linen, ruched-neck top is especially flattering with high-waisted, wide-leg trousers; finish with fuss-free jewelry and a little eye definition.

Formal Dinner

The line between a festive celebration at home and a night out is pretty thin, meaning the black jumpsuit you swear by for date night will work just as hard at home.