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What to Wear Where: Outfit Ideas for Every Summer Gathering

What to Wear Where:
Outfit Ideas for Every Summer Gathering

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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.

“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.

“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.

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