What to Wear Where:
Outfit Ideas for Every Summer Gathering
As summer kicks into high gear, as do the invites—backyard BBQs, evening cocktails, dinners al fresco, and naturally, summer weddings. And while we have nothing against a tried-and-true LBD for dressier situations, let it be your back-up plan, says our fashion director Laurie Trott. Instead, opt for celebratory prints in easy cotton, smart separates with playful details, or really go for it with a floor-skimming show-stopper. Here, Laurie breaks down a few of her warm-weather occasion-dressing directives.
“For day, you can’t go wrong with a festive floral print
dress—maxi, midi, or mini, they’re all fair game.”
So many summer events require threading the needle between formal and low-key. With that in mind, consider the invite when determining your hemline of choice: above-the-knee styles work well for lazy lunches and backyard BBQs, while both midi and floor-grazing dresses are easy solves for drinks-to-dinner. Just remember to keep your footwear sensible—you can’t go wrong (or feel over-dressed) with a pair of classic leather sandals.
- Tory Burch AMITA DRESS goop, $598
ISABEL MARANT Lindley belted
embellished silk mini dress THE OUTNET, $371.95
- TORY BURCH Dayton Dress goop, $450
Robin Top goop, $258
Robin Pant goop, $298
“Stick with neutrals that incorporate thoughtful details like a ruffle, a
puffed shoulder, or a deep-V.”
Now’s the time to show off a hint of sun-kissed skin, but ultimately, it’s all about the balance: a plunging V-neck teamed with a cropped pant; a demure bracelet-sleeve balances a supersexy block heel; a pair of well-cut white linen shorts feel just dressed-up enough when matched with a girlish one-shoulder blouse.
Tailored Ponte Jumpsuit goop, $450
Bergamot Cuff Ruffle Top goop, $255
Iman Linen Shorts goop, $295
Cotton-Poplin Top THE OUTNET, $279
Legging goop, $225
Rhapsodie Dress goop, $857
“Sometimes it’s about the drama of over-the-top prints paired with
sleek, architectural accessories.”
Any of these dresses are wedding-season gold. Here, a feminine floral skirt-and-top set gets an edgier update in black jacquard. (Just add a red lip and a bit of sparkle.) It’s also the right moment to try a pussy bow, which lends plenty of ladylike charm. For the print-shy, a silk-satin, body-skimming gown is a no-brainer, one you’ll reach for well beyond Labor Day.
silk-georgette gown THE OUTNET, $3,038
Side-Tie Floral-Jacquard Top Erdem, $1,424
Floral-Jacquard Maxi Skirt Erdem, $1,807
Black Cami Gown Nili Lotan, $595
Floral Print Pussy Bow Dress Browns Fashion, $2,360