What to wear when you’re hosting a dinner party at home
‘Tis the season for throwing dinner parties. And with all the time and energy you have to put into preparing for them – selecting the menu, buying the food and drinks, creating a playlist, cleaning the apartment – deciding what do wear is probably pretty far down on that list.
But looking good at a dinner party, especially one that you are throwing in your own home, is just as important as all the rest of that. Here are a few things to consider.
| WEARING | Cardigan c/o Tommy Hilfiger, Brooks Brothers shirt, Banana Republic pants, Gitman Bros. tie, A. Lange & Sohne watch, Tod’s loafers | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo
Wear a tie. A tie at home? Yes. While your apartment or house is generally the space you reserve to not wear a tie, when you’re throwing a dinner party it is apropos. Not only do you look like you should be hosting a dinner party, but it shows your guests that you respect them.
Break out the shawl collar cardigan. While a tie isn’t too formal for a dinner party at home, a blazer is. A chunky, shawl collar cardigan, on the other hand, is the perfect substitute in this situation. It serves a similar aesthetic function, but looks a lot more relaxed.
Choose the right shirt. Speaking of appearing relaxed and less formal, make sure your shirt fits the bill too. This isn’t the time for a cutaway collar. A button-down with a seasonally-colored pattern will hit all the right notes.
Anchor with appropriate footwear. While I like my slippers around the house, they’re really not appropriate for this type of outfit. Loafers are a good choice and I find that my suede driving loafers make great around the house shoes as well.