While summer gatherings require a carefree and effortless fashion attitude, looking the part can at times become tedious and even stressful. With so many options to choose from, leading yourself astray is easier than not. To avoid looking overdone or even worse, underdressed (a feat that is easily achieved even when attending a summer soiree), stick to one or two key summery items to help you look effortlessly chic. To assist with your party prep, here are 7 of the biggest trends to rock the perfect summer vibe.
For a Cool Night
Rebecca Minkoff's modern take on the classic blazer is the perfect way to keep warm on a cool summer night. This chic single-breasted jacket in a vibrant Ikat print is a must-have when attending a posh pool or beach party. This jacket is perfection when paired with denim cutoffs and a simple silk camisole or over a cotton strapless frock. A favorite among celebrities, the Becky jacket is tailored at the waist with some poof in the shoulders to take you from desk-to-night instantly.
The Night Dress
Looking for a bright ensemble to liven up the party? Look no further than this colorblock maxi dress from Chelsea Flower. This strapless crepe dress contrasts two of the hottest and boldest summer hues, orange and fuchsia, for a stunning combination that is sexy and fierce. Made from a lightweight crepe, this pretty frock is not only fashion forward, it's also practical and comfortable. Wear with either gladiator sandals or metallic braided wedges for a party-friendly combination.
The Day Dress
For a daytime beach party, work a shorter length dress that feels both flirty and fun like this one from BB Dakota. While the frock's colorful striped design is playful and lively, its sateen fabric and sexy cut gives this dress both edge and sophistication. Boasting a fitted bodice and a pleated skirt, this dress offers a super flattering fit that looks great on all body types. Tone down the bright colors by pairing this ensemble with tan colored sandals and tribal-inspired jewelry.
Your Go-To Wedges
Because summer is all about color and bold choices, keep your accessories and footwear on a neutral level for easy and practical pairing. Sergio Rossi's Cork Wedge Sandals offer all that and so much more, featuring luxe leather in a neutral color that is both timeless and fashionably chic. These cork platform sandals are both day- and night-friendly, and make for the perfect transition desk-to-night shoes as well. Details such as a button closure at the criss-cross ankle strap and the label's logo lettering at the wedge heel, make for a posh option that you will find yourself putting on over and over again.
Party on your Feet
If you're opting for a short frock or skirt when getting ready for a daytime beach or pool-side party, then it's probably best to leave the heels and platforms at home. Instead, rock a pair of funky flat sandals like these colorful ones from Sam Edelman. These flat sandals feature snake-embossed leather straps at the vamp and leopard print at the haircalf ankle straps, a combination that is both on trend and bohemian-chic. To further get these hot flats on focus, keep the color going by opting for a bright nail hue on your toes like a sweet baby blue or a bold fuchsia.
The Bright Bag
Unless you are planning on going into the water and will be in need of a change of clothes, when attending a beach party, make sure to leave your oversized totes at home. Instead, carry a mini-purse that feels more like an adornment to your outfit than an actual carry-all. Cleobella's Mini Cantina Bag is small in size but roomy enough for all of your party essential including a cellphone, money, and a bright lip balm. This structured leather bag adorned with tiny geometric cutouts features tonal leather stitching creases on the outer seams, as well as a buckle detail that covers the magnetic front flap closure. Brass hardware and adjustable shoulder strap give this bright key-lime bag a vintage aspect. Not only is this bag unique in design and fresh in appeal, it's also pretty darn affordable.
The Mayan Bracelet
Handmade in LA, Vanessa Mooney jewelry is a blend of glamorous, rock, and bohemian influences, lending itself to casual days or cocktails. The designer's Twist of Fate Bracelet, which features a brass double-chain bracelet and colorful glass beads is no exception. Wear this delicate but cheerful bracelet as your main gem when rocking a strapless silk maxi dress or a neutral colored tunic. To keep the spotlight on this pretty and unique bracelet, keep the rest of your outfit simple and streamlined. Makes for the most adorable present or friendship bracelet.