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.
You're here to make a splash, so start with your suit. A bold one-piece lays a colorful foundation. From there, you could keep the look neutral … but why not follow our lead and layer on another vivid print? Florals are big this season, both literally and figuratively, so you can't go wrong with a skirt like this. To complete the look, slip on a pair of sandals, keep the blouse unbuttoned and make sure your sunnies are always in reach.
For spontaneous soirees, the trick is to keep things casual but go a step beyond your usual going-out uniform. Nailing that beachy-chic balance is as easy as this: a structured halter and on-trend denim. A high waist and finished hems dress up the denim, while a vintage wash adds instant old-favorite status. Since the key pieces are neutral, use your shoes and accessories to add the perfect pop of color.
When the celebration moves outside you can get a little playful with your wedding wardrobe. An all-over print looks right at home when you're surrounded by flowers. For climate control, choose a dress in an airy fabric like cotton or linen—a full, fluid skirt will swing like a dream once the dancing starts. Elegant accessories elevate the look, and grass-green stilettos are a fresh finish.