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The Summer Dress Guide

While the fate of block parties, beach clubs, and blowout BBQs is still in limbo, gathering in small groups is finally okay again—and we’re thrilled. In the interest of being prepared, we put together a short list of the micro gatherings most likely to pop up on your calendar this summer, plus the preassembled looks to go with.

SO YOU’RE GOING TO…

YOUR FIRST DINNER PARTY

Getting together with your extended crew is delightful; getting ready for the occasion is even more so. Play up the prettiness of a colorblocked dress with glints of gold, inky-black lashes (missed you, mascara), and a clutch that’s big enough to bring home leftover dessert.

  1. goop x Mejuri Woven Hoops
    goop x Mejuri Woven Hoops goop, $115
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  2. Mansur Gavriel Clutch
    Mansur Gavriel Clutch goop, $595
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  3. Westman Atelier Highlighter
    Westman Atelier Highlighter goop, $75
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  4. G. Label Elisa Midlength Drawstring-Waist Dress
    G. Label Elisa Midlength
    Drawstring-Waist Dress
    goop, $575
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  5. AS29 Necklace
    AS29 Necklace goop, $4,600
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  6. Ilia Mascara
    ILIA Mascara goop, $28
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  7. The Row sandals
    The Row sandals 24S, $650
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YOUR FRIEND’S BEACH BIRTHDAY

Blanket? Check. Seltzers? Check. Picnic basket packed to the brim? You guys don’t mess around. Florals are always relevant, and a skinny-strap bikini will keep the celebration going long after the sandos are gone.

  1. Sophie Ratner Necklace
    Sophie Ratner Necklace goop, $500
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  2. GIGI C Bikini Top
    GIGI C Bikini Top goop, $120
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  3. GIGI C BIKINI BOTTOM
    GIGI C BIKINI BOTTOM goop, $108
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  4. G. Label Ralphie Skinny-Strap Tiered Dress
    G. Label Ralphie Skinny-Strap Tiered Dress goop, $525
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  5. Joseph SANDALS
    Joseph SANDALS goop, $560
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  6. Ray-Ban Sunglasses
    Ray-Ban Sunglasses goop, $154
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  7. Medina Mercantile Basket
    Medina Mercantile Basket goop, $60
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  8. Morrow Blanket
    Morrow Blanket goop, $299
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YOUR COUSIN’S BABY SHOWER

Quarantine babies are coming, and those teensy onesies aren’t going to tie-dye themselves. Celebrate in something appropriate (50 percent chance it’s a boy!) and easy (because hors d’oeuvres). Bonus points for procuring a booze-free beverage for the mama-to-be.

  1. Ariel Gordon Hoops
    Ariel Gordon Hoops goop, $875
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  2. Seedlip SPICE 94
    Seedlip SPICE 94 goop, $32
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  3. G. Label Mahoney Bustier
    G. Label Mahoney Bustier goop, $295
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  4. G. Label Andersen Pencil Skirt
    G. Label Andersen Pencil Skirt goop, $425
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  5. Neous Sandals
    Neous Sandals Matchesfashion, $374
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  6. Bondeye Jewelry Ring
    Bondeye Jewelry Ring goop, $950
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  7. Bembien BAG
    Bembien BAG Bembien, $175
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  8. RMS Beauty Luminizer
    RMS Beauty Luminizer goop, $48
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YOUR FIRST DATE IN A YEAR

You matched, you exchanged flirty messages, and now you’re meeting in person. Some nerves are normal, of course—but the right look can help you navigate the night with ease. Finish with a spritz of something sexily understated on your pulse points.

  1. Young Frankk Earrings
    Young Frankk Earrings goop, $82
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  2. Ilia Lip Oil
    ILIA Lip Oil goop, $26
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  3. Henry Rose Perfume
    Henry Rose Perfume goop, $120
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  4. G. Label Theodora Tea-Length Bustier Dress
    G. Label Theodora Tea-Length Bustier Dress goop, $525
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  5. Sophie Ratner Ring
    Sophie Ratner Ring goop, $590
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  6. Bottega Veneta Bag
    Bottega Veneta Bag Net-a-Porter, $1,250
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  7. Porte & Paire SANDALS
    Porte & Paire SANDALS Net-a-Porter, $225
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