By InStyle Staff
Updated Oct 09, 2013 @ 4:40 pm
grown-up dinner party
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Below is an excerpt from “What to Wear: Hosting a (Grown-Up) Dinner Party,” which originally appeared on StyleBistro. Read the full story at

You've curated the perfect soundtrack on Spotify. You've lit tea lights in empty jam jars. You've prepped the soufflés—and purchased artisanal chocolates with sea salt as a back-up dessert, in case the soufflés don't rise. You've come a long way since the days of melting shredded cheese on tortilla chips.

Now, the only thing left to do for your super sophisticated dinner party is get dressed. Well cross that one off the list, because we have your outfit sorted. Read on for the perfect party outfits—full skirt and embroidered shirt included.