Tomorrow night we’ll be hosting a casual Hanukkah get-together for extended family. What to wear when you’re the holiday hostess? I have a few suggestions…
The sweater is one of the two I jettisoned at the last minute from my Italy travel wardrobe. It’s a light mohair/alpcaca/cotton blend. I’m wearing it with the buttons in the back. Pants shown previously HERE. I’ve had these loafers for a couple of years, here’s a similar style.
Festive, not fussy
Even though our family gatherings are a joint effort, there’s still a lot of coordinating, planning, cooking and setup involved. So I like to opt for a simple outfit that I can throw on right before everyone arrives.
“Festive” doesn’t have to mean lots of bright color, frou-frou, sequins or bling. (Though it certainly CAN…that’s up to you.) Texture, pattern, and accessories can add a festive note to a simple look.
Comfort & functionality
Even if I’m preparing dishes ahead of time, I still need to re-heat, set up the serving area, help with drinks, etc. once guests arrive. And then clean up. I need comfortable clothes that won’t restrict movement.
- I avoid any fabrics that are stiff or bulky
- No layers (except for the after-dinner walk to look at the holiday lights)
- A wider neckline and sleeves I can push up help me stay cool
- No wide sleeves or other “flappy” pieces that can get caught or drag through food
- Nothing that has to constantly be adjusted
- Everything washable
- Makeup: add a little shimmer and/or a bright lip! 💄
And remember, an apron is your best friend! 😉
This Sunday at 12pm PT / 3pm ET I’ll be doing a live Zoom with Brian of Brian + MW. Brian will be demonstrating how to “dial up the glam” 💄 for those festive holiday events. It’s free, and you can click HERE to pre-register! Hope to see you there!