How To Be Party Ready

How to be Party Ready - Dresses
Photo: Courtesy Ann Taylor

How To Be Party Ready

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How to be Party Ready - Flowers
Courtesy of Goody

You set the date, sent out the invites and prepped the menu. The only thing left? To look like you haven't been slaving away in the kitchen all day and night. Use these smart fashion and beauty tricks to make (or fake) like a natural-born hostess-with limitless style.

Keep Accessories Simple
Add a little sparkle without trying too hard: Top off a low, messy bun with one of these pretty floral bursts.

Tasha Chiffon Flower Clips, $38;

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Flats You Can Wear All Night Long

How to be Party Ready - Ballet Flats
Courtesy Longchamp

Being comfortable and being chic don't have to be mutually exclusive. Slip on a pair of color-bright flats that will keep you on your feet all night long and easily dress up a casual look.

Leather tie-dye flats, Longchamp, $408; 212-343-7444.

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Gloss in a Hurry

How to be Party Ready - Laura Mercier - Lipstick
Courtesy Laura Mercier

Stash a mini lip gloss set in the knife drawer for quick touch-ups between runs from the kitchen to the living room.

Mini Glace Set, Laura Mercier, $36;

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A Soft, Subtle Scent

How to be Party Ready - Perfume - Bliss
Courtesy Bliss

Spritz on fragrance that won't overpower the food, like thissoft Bliss scent. With notes of cucumber and dewy greens, it's almost like a palette cleanser.

Bliss Eau de Toilette, $54;

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Be a Chic Hostess

How to be Party Ready - Aprons
Courtesy Anthroplogie

Protect your clothing with a retro-inspired apron-which also cleverly hides stains in its mixed-pattern design.

Cotton apron, $38;

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A Classic, No-Fuss Dress

How to be Party Ready - Dresses
Courtesy Ann Taylor

Look for pieces in soft fabrics that move with you throughout the night. Dresses, like this one-shouldered Ann Taylor version, are an easy way to look put-together.

Rayon jersey dress, $88;

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