Summer's officially here, and so is outdoor party season. After months of keeping a safe social distance, it's exciting (and maybe just a touch intimidating) to see our calendars filling up with face-to-face events. Chances are you're feeling a little rusty when it comes to deciphering dress codes. No worries, we're here to ease you back in. So go ahead and send that RSVP—our personal stylists can help find perfect looks for all your summer parties, whether they're casual or catered.
The goal is to look and feel good in and out of the water, so start with quick-drying shorts in a fun print. From there, you could keep the look simple … but why not follow our lead and layer on some stripes? Pattern mixing is an easy way to add some personality. To complete the outfit, slip on a pair of sandals and an on-trend hat—in this context, camo makes you stand out instead of blending in.
For spontaneous soirees, the trick is to keep things casual while going a step beyond your usual going-out uniform. In this outfit, the shorts get dressed up with a clean cut and corduroy fabric, and the mix of stripes and salmon tap into the season's preppy trend. A lightweight jacket ties it all together after the sun goes down.
When the celebration moves outside you can get a little loose with your wedding wardrobe. Try summery stripes under your sport coat, and leave the tie at home. Breathable cotton blends help you keep cool in the heat, and clean white sneakers look unexpectedly fresh against black trousers.