Hosting for the Holidays

As the host you, pick the dress code! Check out our Dress Code, Decoded blog to read more about which dress code you want to go for. After that, read on to learn some helpful tips for what to wear when you’re hosting a holiday party. 

What to Wear as a Host

  1. Dress comfortably. That doesn’t mean leggings and a sweatshirt (unless that's what you would prefer) but dress to make YOU feel comfortable and confident. Push aside the tight unforgiving jeans and opt for our soft stretchy palazzo pants. Our Sheri pants are flowy, with a sheer layer to create an effortless outfit.
  2. Don’t wear something too precious. Hosting means being in charge of the food, drinks, and just about everything else! Unless you have help with caterers and a clean-up crew, don’t risk ruining your night over a stain on your favorite dress. Because of this owning a machine washable dress is essential, this ensures a care-free experience during and after the party—the Brandy Bordeaux dress is the perfect example of this, despite its delicate details you can throw it in the washer.
  3. Prevent a panic. Have at least 30 extra minutes before the party starts to prep yourself for hair, makeup, shoes, jewelry. Style yourself head to toe with a little extra time to make sure you feel you’re the very best in your host outfit. If you anticipate being in a rush, grab a one-and-done jumpsuit like the Uptown, Sheryl, or many of our other jumpsuits.


What Are You Hosting?

For Thanksgiving Dinner, a New Year's Eve party, or functions in between, it’s important that you give your guests a dress code and follow it as well. Not every affair has to be an elegant ball but when going anywhere, the first thing we ask is “ What are you wearing?”, read on for an easy guide that explores the proper attire for you and your guest.

Holiday Cocktail Hour

For Friends, family, and even your co-workers, you may have cute cocktail party ideas to celebrate end of the year happenings, this usual calls for casual cocktail attire.

In case you’re wondering "What is casual cocktail attire?", think fun and flirty, a look that says, "Oh, this old thing?" while maintaining an air of elegance. The Lisa 2.0 is a great dress for this, while the faux wrap detail elevates this simple dress, the flared sleeves make it extra special for a party.

Our Sunny Dress in Dark Mallard on the other hand has a bit more glam for cocktail formal holiday cocktail hour. The chiffon flounce neckline adds a sophisticated and modern twist to a classic sheath silhouette. While the fabric hugs your body in all the right places without being constricting. Pair with strappy black heels and your favorite silver jewelry for a stand-out holiday outfit your girlfriends won’t be able to stop talking about.

Holiday Dinner

Knowing what to wear to holiday dinner is sometimes difficult. Holiday dinners are all about feeling good, eating well, and expressing gratitude. Whether you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner or bringing loved ones together for Passover, you'll want a dinner outfit that accommodates your needs from day to night.Your outfit should prioritize comfort without sacrificing style. Choose a soft, non-restricting dress that will allow you to eat that extra pie slice because we all deserve it! 

If you happen to be the host of your holiday dinner with family, take the stress out of the day by already having an outfit put together. We all want to look our best while enjoying holiday fun, however, we rarely think about making sure we wear a practical and comfy outfit. A holiday wrap dress like Selena is the perfect style because it looks very put together while feeling like a cozy dream!

Holiday Gala

When hosting an elevated occasion, formal attire, polished glamor, and feminine charm are the key to your regular, petite, and plus size holiday outfits. No matter how you celebrate, when figuring out what to wear for a formal party, keep in mind the nature of the event.

New Year’s Eve is the perfect occasion for razzle dazzle details! The Drew Sequin Little Black Dress is a glitzy knee-length sheath dress that will raise the bar. For a longer dress with ample sparkle and glam, Maren in Silver is our floor-length dress perfect for a formal soiree. Another fabulous option is our Stevie Dress in Black and Silver. This knee-length wonder features split chiffon sleeves, making it the perfect choice for dancing the night away.


Whether you’re...

... trimming a tree, spinning a dreidel, lighting a candle or sending love out into the universe. We hope to take some stress out of women's outfits for special occasions and holidays.

Dresses that comfortably move from your workplace happy hour to a six-hour family dinner are a reflection of how Connected Apparel integrates fashion and comfortability.

Whatever your plans this festive time of the year, we hope you slip into holiday outfits that make you feel comfortable and confident. If you love these looks, shop the full special occasion collection for more luxurious, affordable holiday dresses and jumpsuits.

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