Hostess with the Mostess – Practical Outfits That Look Amazing

In a year as we try and head back to “normal”, we give hugs and kudos to you. Taking on the role of host, whether your group is family, vax friends, or both, is a herculean affair…but we don’t have to tell you that.

You’ve done your preparation on the cleaning, the seating, the food and drinks…so why leave your outfit to something you throw on last minute? Do yourself this huge favor, and set aside some time to plan and lay out your meet-and-greet look. Even with everything set up, you’re still going to be doing a lot before, during and after the meal, so you’re going to need an outfit that can move as gracefully and looks as chic as you do!

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Our editors are here to help with seven outfits that will help you check those boxes off your list. Things may still be a little different this year, but fashion never goes out of style…so let’s get going!

What’s the holidays without a little sparkle? We love how this outfit is perfectly put together to keep you moving between the kitchen and the table. With a wide waistband and easy-menswear style fit, these Marc Jacobs pants are the perfect companion to this gorgeous red Cato sweater with the most holiday-inspiring sleeves. Keep yourself in happy feet with Bruno Magli’s handmade Italian leather flats and remind everyone that you are the gold standard with Jacquemus drop earrings in the shape of the cult-worthy Le Chiquito handbags.

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The day may get crazy, but you’ll be going with the flow with this ensemble. Soft, flowy balloon sleeves up top and easy A-line below in fun, autumn-inspired colors. Say yes to this season’s trending charm jewelry with a lovely Marchesa necklace and some fun bling with a rhinestone buckled belt.  All that’s left is some perfect patent booties from Good American and we’re ready to greet the guests!

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Anticipating your time will be a little tight? This one-and-done maxi dress from Lulus will come to your rescue. Just slide into this silky floral number, layer on some custom necklaces from Baublebar, and head feet first into some buttery soft leather booties from M.Gemi. You are all set to face the crowd in no time flat!

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Lux textures make for an outfit you’ll love to move in. Rich vegan leather leggings and a flowy print blouse are leveled up with a pair of chic croc booties that look so cool, you won’t believe how comfortable they are. And while no one’s going to get rid of their gold anytime soon, silver jewelry is making a fresh appearance, especially in unusual forms. This twisted hoop style from the iconic jeweler David Yurman is your new instant classic. Bring on the turkey!

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Is this year’s feast happening on the patio? Stay warm without having to cozy up to the outdoor heater with this season’s trending favorite – the shacket! This neutral toned lovely we’ve chosen goes perfectly with a clean white mock turtleneck top and a touch of bling with a pearl and chunky chain combo. Add a pair of easy fitting, dark jeans and make sure your footing is secure with a Chelsea-style bootie. You are now ready to handle all the ins and outs of your celebration.

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If busy times in the kitchen mean a lot of lifting and plating, go for an outfit that moves with you. These easy wearing palazzo pants give a burst of color to your look. Complement the pants with a pale gold wrap top that has just the right amount of shimmer. Speaking of shimmer, this gorg, dark freshwater pearl ring from Gem & Harmony adds visual interest to your hands. Round out your look with a pair of supple, super chic loafers by Stuart Weitzman.

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Finally, when you just need to jump to it, this bold, butternut 3BN jumpsuit will do the trick. Pair it with some equally easy pieces, like some classic gold hoops and sturdy, but playful, clogs by Beek. The true centerpiece to tie the whole look together? Amrita Singh’s fantastically beaded and woven crystal necklace that just bursts with a rainbow of color and organic textures.

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That ends our collection. We hope you like the looks and from all of us we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hosting!

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