What to Wear Where: Outfit Ideas for Every Summer Gathering

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.

“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.