I often get asked for advice on what should one wear when entertaining at home. Honestly, I don't know if there's an etiquette around hostess wear but I always coordinate my outfit with the type of event I'm hosting and then I take it down a notch.
Say you're hosting an elegant sit-down dinner at home. I decide what I would wear if the same dinner were to take place at a really nice venue and then increase the level of comfort little by little. So, instead of stilettos, I'll go for some nice strappy sandals with a smaller heel. Or even really nice flats if I'm wearing trousers (I never wear flats with a dress because I'm short). Anyways, read my blog post about What To Wear When Entertaining for more ideas and suggestions.
Here are some of my favorite looks for home entertaining without breaking the bank.