9 style essentials for the modern hostess
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By Nicole Mann Novick
When it comes to being a great hostess, dressing the part is half the battle—and a lot of the fun. From the ultimate apron to a wrinkle-free skirt, here are nine finds that are fashionable and functional, perfect for the modern party-thrower.
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This flattering full skirt is made with comfy stretch fabric and wrinkle-free tailoring, so you can focus on your guests, instead of adjusting your attire.
SHOP NOW: Madewell skirt, $88
Chill Out3 of 10
A sleeveless blouse will keep you cool when you’ve been slaving over a hot stove, and answering the door with a pop of pink sets the tone for the fun party ahead.
SHOP NOW: Joie top, $228
Lime Aid4 of 10
Don't let your apron cramp your style. The thoughtful tailoring of this citrus number mimics the look of a chic party dress.
SHOP NOW: Anthropologie apron, $32
Head Gear5 of 10
Keep your hair out of your face while you're busy preparing drinks. A retro turbanlike headband embellished with delicate beading exudes sophistication.
SHOP NOW: Anthropologie headband, $32
Go Bold6 of 10
It's your party, so don't be afraid to stand out. This vintage-style statement necklace screams, "Hostess With the Mostest."
SHOP NOW: Kate Spade necklace, $298
Sole Savers7 of 10
Comfy shoes are a must when you'll be on your feet all day. Wedge espadrilles offer more support while keeping your look polished.
SHOP NOW: Sam Edelman shoes, $175
Hands On8 of 10
Your guests will be amazed at your attention to stylish detail when you break out these pretty toile oven mitts.
SHOP NOW: Williams-Sonoma oven mitts, $13
Don't Sweat It9 of 10
Dressing in light layers will allow you to keep cool gracefully as you quickly tend to guests. Try a classy cashmere cardigan like this one that can be elegantly draped over your shoulders.
SHOP NOW: Equipment sweater, $338
Perfect Timing10 of 10
Managing your time is key when hosting your own soiree. Keep track with a posh watch that's also water resistant for kitchen duties.
SHOP NOW: Movado watch, $150