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May 17, 2016

4 Looks: Casual & Upscale Summer Party Style

Memorial Day is near, school is ending, and we’re all ready to celebrate. This week’s Clothes & Conversation, “ Summer Party Style Guide: Kick off the Season in Fresh Style” talks about what to wear to outdoor parties, whether they are more upscale or on the casual side. These 4 outfits will help you do it with chic confidence.
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https://www.toryburch.com/carson-cropped-flare-jean-|-136-|-pants/190041133215.html
https://www.toryburch.com/carson-cropped-flare-jean-|-136-|-pants/190041133215.html
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Tory Burch - Carson Cropped Flare Jean
Carson Cropped Flare Jean
Tory Burch
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Why is it a Find? There has been a big trend in embroidery and detail on jeans. Tory Burch’s interpretation is by far one of our favorites. Not over the top, the embroidered flowers gives basic white jeans a fresh and ladylike finish that makes jeans party ready.
Wear it with: A solid top in almost any color and fabric looks beautiful with these embroidered jeans. Give them a feminine finish with an off-the shoulder white top, or a more casual one with this sleeveless light blue denim shirt. Even this navy top’s embroidered trim makes a perfect match. And any tee or tank that’s already in your closet will work, too.
Fit Tip: Tory Burch has a modern fit, so these jeans don’t run small. Made in sizes 24-32, go with your normal size and size down if you are usually between sizes. They have a higher rise that sits flatteringly just at the waist and a cropped leg that looks just right, whether it hits just at the ankle or mid-calf.
Alternatives: These jeans are selling out everywhere. We’re directing you to Tory Burch’s own website, where you’ll get free shipping and they even provide a shipping label for easy returns. Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Shopbop may still have some left, too.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/soft-joie-dabi-print-pants/4305368 Joie - Dabi Print Pants
Joie - Dabi Print Pants
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Joie - Dabi Print Pants
Dabi Print Pants
Joie
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Laid-back Outdoor Gatherings Look #1
Why is it a Find? Replace those basic drawstring pants for a stylish patterned pair this season. Comfortable as your favorite sweatpants, this pair from Joie uses an updated ikat pattern, in desert-colored neutral that is ideal for a casual day in the backyard.
Wear it with: The beauty of these pants is how easily they work with so many things you probably already own. We’re showing you a casual party look, but to just grab coffee or run some errands, throw on your favorite black or white tee or tank and you’ll be set. Any casual Summer shoes look great, from these amazingly priced leather wedge espadrilles to basic flip flops or simple white sneakers.
Fit Tip: These are cut for an easy fit with a fluid drape that is all about comfort AND style. Petite ladies, tell your tailor to keep the border when you get them hemmed.
Alternatives: If your size is sold out through the 'shop it' button, Joie carries this style on their own site, too. They also made an ikat print in a similar color palette that doesn’t have a bordered pattern along the hem – an easier (and therefore, cheaper) option if you’re petite and will need to shorten them. Nic+ Zoe also have a lovely green and black printed pair of flowy pants if you want to add some color to your look. And, hey, if it’s really warm, you can go with patterned shorts, instead.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/free-people-darcy-v-neck-tank/4286355 Free People - Darcy V-Neck Tank
Free People - Darcy V-Neck Tank
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Free People - Darcy V-Neck Tank
Darcy V-Neck Tank
Free People
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Why is it a Find? This easy blouse from Free People has the same loose styling and easy drape as the patterned pants featured in this outfit. The shorter length is in perfect proportion to the higher rise of the pants too, showing off the pattern at the waist without showing any skin. (Petite ladies, you can tuck in just a bit of the front of the shirt if it covers the waistband.) Airy and comfortable for a warm day, it’s a step up from a basic tee with the same ease.
Wear it with: The black version we’re showing here is an easy top to wear with the printed pants we’re highlighting in this outfit. And through the ‘shop it’ button, you’ll also see a Sage version that coordinates just as nicely. And all the colors are on sale. We love the deeper v of the neckline, but you can add a simple cami underneath if you prefer.
Fit Tip: This is cut in Free People’s oversized fit, as many of their sweaters are, so you can size down and still get the easy look and feel.
Alternatives: The crepe fabric of the top we’re showing has great drape and breezy flow in it’s loose shape. But if you prefer cotton, Gap’s simple sleeveless Henley keeps the look casual. If you prefer some arm coverage, Joie’s short sleeve embroidered top has all the coordinating details of the pants – and the neckline can be worn open or closed.
https://www.shopbop.com/madagascar-earrings-elise-m/vp/v=1/1552627316.htm Elise M - Madagascar Earrings
Elise M - Madagascar Earrings
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Elise M - Madagascar Earrings
Madagascar Earrings
Elise M
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Why is it a Find? Continue playing up the neutral palette of the patterned pants and solid top in this look by adding these Elise M drop earrings. The color combination of the oxidized silver, and medium brown/black stone is just right, while the arrowhead pendant styling really works with the ikat-boho print of the pants.
Wear it with: The colors in these earrings look so pretty with any desert color palette, as we’re showing here, and are really pretty with oranges, yellows, and any warm tones.
Fit Tip: They are 2” long, so they make a statement without being too chunky.
Alternatives: Nakamol’s beaded earrings use shades of brown, along with a bit of turquoise for a little pop of color in this outfit.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/packable-straw-hat/4309211 Madewell - Packable Straw Hat
Madewell - Packable Straw Hat
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Madewell - Packable Straw Hat
Packable Straw Hat
Madewell
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Why is it a Find? If you’ll be hanging around outdoors for the day, you need to protect yourself from the sun. And you might as well do it in style by adding this Madewell straw hat to your look. The black ribbon is elasticized, which not only helps secure it comfortably to your head (a perk on a breezy day), but it also is key to making this hat packable so you can stuff it in your bag, and just pull it out if you need it. On Madewell’s site, you can check out a picture of how easily it folds right up.
Wear it with: Whenever you’re in the sun, whether it’s at the beach, the backyard, or a day of flea marketing, have this hat with you. It will stylishly protect you and looks great with shorts, casual dresses, cover-ups…you get the idea.
Fit Tip: Not too oversized, the brim looks great on most every shaped face. And unlike many hats, it comes in S/M or M/L so it will comfortably fit your head – big or small. Get a sense of how it looks on here.
Alternatives: It comes in an all-black version through the ‘shop it’ button, too. And if your size is already sold out there, check out Shopbop or Madewell.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/eileen-fisher-the-fisher-project-v-neck-jersey-racerback-midi-dress/3970576 Eileen Fisher - The Fisher Project V-Neck Jersey Racerback Midi Dress
Eileen Fisher - The Fisher Project V-Neck Jersey Racerback Midi Dress
Laid-back Outdoor Gatherings Look #2
Why is it a Find? Instead of that beloved favorite tee, enjoy the same comfort with Eileen Fisher’s much more fashionable super soft jersey dress. It has some stretch, but it’s not clingy, so you can relax and comfortably enjoy some barbeque or poolside drinks. The denim blue is a mid-tone that’s perfectly neutral and has the right laidback vibe, just like a pair of broken-in jeans.
Wear it with: The racerback styling is a favorite of ours – the cut accentuates your shoulders and elongates your arms better than a basic tank style, and the v-neckline is flattering, without dipping too low, so any basic racerback bra will work perfectly. You’ll see we’re outfitting it here with some easy neutrals and a pop of floral, but there are no rules for what works with this dress because so many things do! A chunky necklace and wedges give this casual piece a dressier feel for casual drinks out, while sneakers and a denim jacket make it just right for a day of errands.
Fit Tip: This is from Eileen Fisher’s The Fisher Project collection, which has a bit more modern feel than typical Eileen Fisher pieces, giving the simple shapes the line is known for a slimmer, less billowy shape. However, it is not trim, so you can wear your normal size and it should still just easily skim your body.
Alternatives: Joe’s Jeans has a similar t-shirt styled dress, but with a crewneck, if you prefer a bit more of a contemporary fit (that’s still not super fitted, though).
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ted-baker-london-hanging-gardens-silk-cape/4287374 Ted Baker - Hanging Gardens Silk Cape
Ted Baker - Hanging Gardens Silk Cape
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Ted Baker - Hanging Gardens Silk Cape
Hanging Gardens Silk Cape
Ted Baker
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Why is it a Find? There’s a lot to love about this Ted Baker floral silk piece, and the thing we love the most is its versatility. As shown, it acts as a shawl, and when you click through the ‘shop it’ button, you’ll also see how the sheer fabric easily turns into a scarf. So start the day with an accent of spring color and pattern around your neck, and when the sun goes down, switch it to a shawl.
Wear it with: Whether you want to cover your arms or just add a splash of soft color around your neck, this 100% silk accessory is at home with a basic white tank top and jeans, a casual look like we’re showing today, or a pretty cocktail dress for a dressier occasion.
Fit Tip: It’s oversized shape makes it easy to wear as a shawl/cape, but the luxe sheer fabric loops around your neck as a scarf without any oversized bulk.
Alternatives: This version has a soft pink solid ground that is pretty gorgeous, too, and would also work with this outfit.
http://luxury.zappos.com/kate-spade-new-york-carolina-natural-vacchetta kate spade new york - Carolina
kate spade new york - Carolina
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kate spade new york - Carolina
Carolina
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Why is it a Find? Kate spade new york’s thong sandals up the game from your basic flip flops, but are just as easy and versatile.
Wear it with: While these also come in black and hot pink through the ‘shop it’ button, and both would work with the dress we’re highlighting in this look, this natural color goes with every other color in your closet, too. And the style is that perfect middle ground, working with the most casual shorts and tees, but also with enough polish and detail to coordinate with pretty sundresses and cropped or wide leg pants.
Fit Tip: These sandals run true to size.
Alternatives: TKEES makes one of our all-time favorite flip flops. They have a comfy rubber bottom and come in a shade of leather to match every skin tone, so you don’t need to match your outfit – just your skin.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/michael-michael-kors-large-morgan-nylon-tote/4236364 MICHAEL Michael Kors - Large Morgan Nylon Tote
MICHAEL Michael Kors - Large Morgan Nylon Tote
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MICHAEL Michael Kors - Large Morgan Nylon Tote
Large Morgan Nylon Tote
MICHAEL Michael Kors
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Why is it a Find? When you are heading to someone’s house for a casual get together, time can fly, with day turning into night. So, you might need to bring a few things – from a swimsuit, hat, and sunglasses to a scarf or cardigan. This simple nylon tote from MICHAEL Michael Kors can carry it all, with a sleek look so it won’t look like you’re planning on sleeping over.
Wear it with: The neutral dusk color ensures this tote goes with everything, from the look we’re putting together here to any weekend outfit – and your Monday-Friday looks, too.
Fit Tip: This tote has a lot of interior space with a couple of interior pockets for your small things, like your phone and keys. It has a zip top closure, so no one needs to see all the stuff you pack in there, and the straps are long enough to comfortably fit over your shoulder.
Alternatives: A raffia tote or even one with some vintage-inspired blue details will look great with this outfit and work just as easily by the pool.
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-florals/4130335965711.jsp#/ Moulinette Soeurs - Embroidered Bellflower Dress
Moulinette Soeurs - Embroidered Bellflower Dress
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Moulinette Soeurs - Embroidered Bellflower Dress
Embroidered Bellflower Dress
Moulinette Soeurs
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Upscale Outdoor Parties Look #1
Why is it a Find? It’s cotton (with a little stretch for comfort), it’s lined, and it’s simply pretty. This dress from Anthropologie looks so rich, from its creamy white ground to its intricately embroidered floral design. This dress will be your go-to for any nicer event in the warmer weather. The graphic black-and-white color combination will never go out of style, and it takes floral from sweet to sophisticated. Even the neckline is a little more interesting than your basic v-neck, with a squared off finish that doesn’t need any necklace to keep it interesting.
Wear it with: Here, we’re showing you accessories to keep the look utterly modern, playing up the graphic component of black-and-white, with coordinating accessories in different linear patterns. And you can highlight the softer side of this dress too, by coordinating it with color – pastel or vibrant – in your shoes and bag, jewelry, or scarf.
Fit Tip: This dress has a subtle fit-and-flare style that accentuates your waist, while gently flaring out to skim over the hip and behind area. In its modern fit, that comes in Petite, too, it really is a style that flatters every figure type.
Alternatives: This dress comes in navy, with a pretty multi-color floral embroidery through the ‘shop it’ button, too. And Tahari’s faux wrap a-line floral dress is perfect for ladies that love this look, but want to add some summertime color. If the event of the day is truly on the dressier side, Chetta B’s maxi dress is a showstopper.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/loeffler-randall-minnie-wedge-sandal-women/4282058 Loeffler Randall - Minnie Wedge Sandal
Loeffler Randall - Minnie Wedge Sandal
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Loeffler Randall - Minnie Wedge Sandal
Minnie Wedge Sandal
Loeffler Randall
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Why is it a Find? If you’re dressing up, but going to be outside, the ground you’ll be walking on can be very unpredictable. So, we always recommend going for a wedge. But you want to keep it dressy. This version from Loeffler Randall is one of the best. The overall style is delicate, with a covered wedge heel that is wonderfully “mid-sized” at 2 ½”, creating a dressier version of a wedge that is outdoor-approved.
Wear it with: The wavy curves of the straps give these sandals a bit of stylish interest. Yet, they are still as neutrally versatile as any simple black sandals, so they work with everything. With the floral detail of the dress featured in this outfit, we love the way the scalloping makes it look like you’re cleverly mixing pattern – which is so fresh this season. And the mid-size heel ensures you can also wear them more casually with crop pants, jeans, or a casual dress.
Fit Tip: These run true-to-size and are refreshingly comfortable.
Alternatives: The simple nude version works with this outfit, too, and also comes in a higher wedge, if that’s your preference. Both neutrals will get plenty of wear all season long.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/diane-von-furstenberg-twilight-resin-clutch/4275177 Diane von Furstenberg - Twilight Resin Clutch
Diane von Furstenberg - Twilight Resin Clutch
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Diane von Furstenberg - Twilight Resin Clutch
Twilight Resin Clutch
Diane von Furstenberg
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Why is it a Find? This Diane von Furstenberg clutch, much like the shoes we’re showing above, plays with linear pattern. Using the same monochromatic black-and-white color combination as the featured dress in this outfit, we’re accenting the dress’s floral design with sleek stripes. The clean lines and hard resin finish of the clutch are the perfect balance to the soft floral. It’s an updated way to add style while keeping the look simply chic.
Wear it with: Not only does this amazing clutch work for a dressed up look (in black, white, or as a contrast to any solid color), the resin material allows for it to be worn more casually, too. When you’ve got that sexy date night outfit on, this will be your go-to bag.
Fit Tip: This clutch has an optional drop-in chain strap, so you can keep your hands free when you’re holding that drink and some appetizers, while mingling. Click through the ‘shop it’ to get a sense of scale in the additional images – it will hold all the essentials, including your phone.
Alternatives: You can also opt for something sweeter, by going with kate spade new york’s leather clutch that has an adorable (but not silly) bow. While it comes in black, choose any of the bold colors available to work with this outfit. It also has a strap that can be worn crossbody.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/karine-sultan-textured-cuff/4273567 Karine Sultan - Textured Cuff
Karine Sultan - Textured Cuff
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Karine Sultan - Textured Cuff
Textured Cuff
Karine Sultan
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Why is it a Find? The graphic black-and-white color story of the dress and coordinating accessories lends itself perfectly to a bold silver cuff bracelet.
Wear it with: Beyond the look we’ve put together today, this cuff is a fun accessory for casual and dressy looks, alike – especially in the warmer weather when we’re often wearing shorter sleeves. It’s edgy with boyfriend jeans to chic dressier looks, and everything in between.
Fit Tip: Click through the ‘shop it’ button to see the 2” width on a model.
Alternatives: We chose the cooler tone of silver to go with the crisp white and black colors, but it comes in gold through the ‘shop it’ button, and that works, too.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Joie-Axton-Pleated-Front-Printed-Silk-Top/prod188640180/p.prod Joie - Axton Pleated-Front Printed Silk Top
Joie - Axton Pleated-Front Printed Silk Top
Upscale Outdoor Parties Look #2
Why is it a Find? When the dress code calls for something a bit dressier, but the event is going to be outside, a lovely blouse and pants can be just the thing. We’re starting with this 100% silk pleated top from Joie. The coral rose pattern is simply beautiful and the easy shape ensures you won’t get any unflattering cling if it’s a warmer day.
Wear it with: On a more casual day, you can wear this top with your favorite jeans. But today, we’re dressing it up with chic wide leg pants. The beautiful fabric is lightweight, so be sure to wear a nude bra or cami underneath for full coverage.
Fit Tip: The swingy shape is flattering on every lady, since it’s perfectly balanced with a split neckline and sleeveless silhouette keeping it from looking too oversized or boxy. Joie’s modern fit is always one of our favorites, available in sizes XS-L.
Alternatives: Joie also made a truly lovely floral silk blouse in the silhouette of the season…a cold shoulder. And if you prefer a bit of a sleeve, this midnight floral version looks just as great with the rest of this outfit, too.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vince-wide-leg-trousers/4245500 Vince - Wide Leg Trousers
Vince - Wide Leg Trousers
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Vince - Wide Leg Trousers
Wide Leg Trousers
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Why is it a Find? We are pretty obsessed with these wide leg trousers from Vince. Once you add them to your cart through the ‘shop it’ button, you’ll notice that they will be shipping at the end of month…and they are worth the wait. The creamy, off-white fabric has a washed finished with a pique texture so they aren’t as precious as basic white pants.
Wear it with: The flowing top we’re highlighting creates an effortless look with these equally fluid pants. If you are petite, you can tuck the top in to show off the slimmer waist of these pants. When you’re not out socially, these trousers are beautiful for the office with a tucked in blouse or button down, or a simple shell and cardigan.
Fit Tip: The hem of the wide legs should just hit the ground, otherwise the proportion won’t be as flattering. And that’s the key to making them look great, whether you are short or tall. As long as they are tailored to the appropriate length, anyone can wear them. So be sure to bring the shoes you’ll most often wear, if you need to bring them in to your tailor for hemming. The higher rise ensures the waistband hits the smallest part of your frame to further balance the look.
Alternatives: If you don’t trust yourself with off-white trousers at a party (we get it), these pants also come in navy blue through the ‘shop it’ button. And Banana Republic has a chambray pair of pants in a similar silhouette. Both options work with the silk top in this look.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/nordstrom-tissue-weight-wool-cashmere-scarf/4120271 Nordstrom - Tissue Weight Wool & Cashmere Scarf
Nordstrom - Tissue Weight Wool & Cashmere Scarf
Why is it a Find? In the beginning of the season, the weather is still temperamental in most parts of the country, so bringing a scarf along to an outdoor party is always good practice. This one from Nordstrom, is made of wool and cashmere, but in a seriously lightweight material. So this one is made for function, and precisely for this time of year. The tissue thin fabric is not bulky at all, but it will still keep you warm if there’s a chill in the air.
Wear it with: This shade of blue (called ‘blue colony’ through the “shop it” button) highlights the touches of blue in the featured top in this outfit. And, much like your favorite pair of jeans, it’s that perfect mid-tone blue that goes with everything, so you’ll reach for it on any cool evening.
Fit Tip: Beautifully over-sized, you can wear it as a shawl or a scarf.
Alternatives: There are tons of fabulous colors to choose from through the ‘shop it’ button. And Nordstrom also made this scarf in a cashmere/silk for a truly lightweight version.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/grayson-sandal/4130694 Sam Edelman - Grayson Crystal Flower Flat Sandal
Sam Edelman - Grayson Crystal Flower Flat Sandal
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Sam Edelman - Grayson Crystal Flower Flat Sandal
Grayson Crystal Flower Flat Sandal
Sam Edelman
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Why is it a Find? Keeping your look upscale doesn’t mean you have to wear heels. These Sam Edelman flat sandals are embellished with crystal flowers, making simple sandals so much more special.
Wear it with: We love the way these flat sandals look with the wide leg trousers in this outfit. Ladies, you don’t always need to wear heels to look dressed up. It’s really chic to choose flats, and as long as your trousers just skim the ground, they won’t make you look short. Really. They give a playful, party-ready tone to the look. And these sandals will become the surprising work-horse of you wardrobe – giving your shorts a fun finish, and adding a little pizazz to jeans, cropped pants, and summertime dresses.
Fit Tip: These sandals run true-to-size, and come in a wide range of sizes 4-11.
Alternatives: For an outdoor function, these dressed up flat sandals provide both pretty and fashion and practical function. But if you really do prefer a heel, Badgley Mischka makes a crystal accented sandal with a low wedge heel and a higher wedge in metallic leather.
 

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