What to Wear to a Summer Party
Summer is almost here. Almost. It's so close at this point, I can smell it. It's (finally) time to get your summer clothes out, dust them off and get them ready to be worn!
My son William was looking at our family calendar the other night and said to me, "Mom, we have a lot of things planned this summer, don't we?" And he's right. We do. Just in June alone we have a school cookout, a baseball cookout, a summer beach party to kick off our beach club opening, my father's 63rd birthday party, my fourth sons' Baptism (don't ask) and a special Girl's Night IN at my house. William's right... we sure are busy this summer!
Each summer gathering is different in its own way. Some will involve my family. Some will involve my girlfriends. Some will involve the boys' friends. Some will be casual. Some will be dressy. Some will be on the beach. Some will be at the park. Some will be at my own home. It's a mixed bag of summer events, truly. I'm a little nervous (myself) to be hosting 2 of the June events - the boys' Baptism and my Girls' Night IN - but I'm working through it with a little help from my friends!
My friends, Dawn and Elizabeth have suggested some creative and fabulous party ideas, which I'm excited to try out this summer. And my friend Katja has suggested some must-haves for my parties! These ladies are my united force when it comes to accomplishing something spectacular on the summer party front! Thank YOU!
So essentially that only leaves me wondering one thing... WHAT TO WEAR?
Oh, yes... dressing the part is an important ingredient to a successful party, too! Since I LOVE to create outfits for particular events, I thought it would be fun to put together some fashion ideas for a summer party. As you can tell by my calendar, there are such different kinds of summer parties, so it's important to have different attire choices.
If you're heading to a Beach Summer Party, think about wearing something casual, yet comfy. The beach can get a little chilly in the evening, so I love to dress in layers. I always keep a light denim jacket with me throughout the summer to use as a coverup. I also love dressing in blues for a beach party because it reminds me of the water...
If you're heading to a summer party at one of your local parks, think about dressing VERY casual. I love to wear denim capris, but add a little punch of color to my outfit. I always gravitate towards pinks and peaches. When you're heading to a party at the park, there's usually some sport activity being played, so keep that in mind. I can still look chic, but I can still chase a ball comfortably!
If you're heading to a summer party at someone's house, it's good to dress up. I love a beautiful dress to wear, and I always go for a floral print because it's such a SUMMER outfit! Maxi dresses are my personal favorite in the summer because you can wear them with flip flops, sandals, mules, espadrilles, just about any kind of shoe. I just love the elegance and beauty of a long maxi dress, it's PERFECT summer party attire.
If you're heading to an elegant summer affair... a wedding, a baby or bridal shower, a special birthday party or something else that is occasional, go ultra-chic'd out! I love a beautiful strapless dress in the summer, it's a staple that should be in every woman's wardrobe. Since the nautical trend is so hot this summer, I would opt for a striped strapless dress. You can dress it up with any kind of jewelry you have and really pump it up on the footwear! Incorporate in some red, whites and blues!
If you're having ladies over to your house (my Girl's Night IN) party, or just friends over for a summer cookout, it's nice to dress down, but still have a look of elegance. My advice is to take out your khaki capris and find a gorgeous top. I love to balance out an outfit with a casual top and fancy bottom, or fancy top and causal bottom... it's like a seesaw. It works very well when you're having people over to your house and you'll be running around taking care of everything, but still want to impress.
Summer fashion is so much fun! Add some color and some beautiful trends into your next summer party!
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