What to Wear Where:
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.
Outfit Ideas for Every Summer Gathering
“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