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Entertaining in Style: Dinner Party Attire

December 30th, 2016

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.


Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

Brian Sacawa

Brian Sacawa is the Founder of He Spoke Style and one of the original men’s style influencers. Since 2013, his goal has remained the same: to provide men the advice and inspiration they need to dress well, develop their personal style, and gain more confidence. Brian’s interest and passion for men’s style and luxury watches has led to his writing for The Robb Report, The Rake, and Sotheby’s and he has been quoted on menswear in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,, Brides Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He lives in the woods north of Baltimore with his wife, Robin, kitties Nick and Nora, and German Shepherd/Collie mix Charlie.

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