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Laid-back Barbecue. There’s nothing that says summertime more than grilling up some burgers (or veggie kebabs), drinking cold cocktails, and relaxing with friends and family. It doesn’t get much more casual than this, and it’s a great time to show off some easy pieces, like a great tank top, perfectly broken-in denim shorts or this effortless J.Crew tunic. If the barbecue will carry over into the night, as any good barbecue will, having a long sleeve will keep you comfortable. And the lightweight cotton will work in the daytime, too, especially if you don’t like to show your arms or want some extra protection from the sun. The modern fit and XXXS-XL size ensures this will give off that cool casual vibe for everyone, and it looks great with shorts or pants of any color. See the rest of our top picks in this week’s Fashion Finds.
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05/19/2015

What’s A Lady to Wear: Casual Summer Party Style

Memorial Day is just around the corner, and the end of the school year is drawing near, too. And that means lots of casual parties are on the horizon. Whether you’ll be going to a laid-back barbecue to kick-off summer, an outdoor cocktail party at someone’s house, a garden luncheon, a pool party, or a graduation party (maybe even in your own backyard), fun and informal get-togethers are in your future. Unlike weddings that we talked about a few weeks ago, these are more casual events. And you still need to know what to wear to them. You’ll want to look stylish and appropriate, without all the fuss. So, this week, we’re all about eliminating the stress and maximizing the fun. Whether it’s an easy maxi dress, a pretty floral piece, or a great pair of shorts, we’re going to break down a few key pieces that you can wear to each type of summer party – and often with things already in your closet.

Take a look at a few of our favorites for each kind of party here, and then head over to “Top Ladies’ Picks for 5 Types of Casual Summer Parties” to see a more comprehensive list of our favorites for each. If you like something, just click on the “Shop It” button to buy it from our suggested retailer. And let us know what you think through the comments section below and on social media. Have fun!
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Backyard Graduation Party. Sure, this may be a casual celebration, but it’s probably filled with family and friends of all ages. And there is something to be said about dressing with respect for the achievement. Easy silhouettes, like maxi dresses, shift dresses, and flowing trousers are all appropriate solutions that are comfortable and fit in with ease. These wide leg linen pants from Nic + Zoe give you a lot of versatility, so you can wear them for the party and all summer long. The rich tan color is pretty with anything from a ¾ sleeve gauzy ivory tunic to a patterned racerback one. And the modern fit in a wide size range is a nice fit for all body types. If you are looking for a more contemporary fit, Theory’s linen sailor pants are just as party right. See the rest of our top picks in this week’s Fashion Finds.
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Pool Party. The ultimate good time, and you’ll need something besides a bathing suit. Your accessories become essential outfit pieces, and one of the most important is your cover-up. This lightweight shirtdress from Faithfull’s contemporary beachy line is the ideal hybrid – it’s semi-sheer so you can see some color from your bathing suit (but not completely sheer – if you’re avoiding a bathing suit, you can wear a bodysuit or slip underneath). And it’s structured enough with its short sleeves and braided belt to look a bit more polished. Add these oversized flower rubber flip-flops for a water-safe, and pretty, finish. See the rest of our top picks in this week’s Fashion Finds.
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Garden Luncheon. Whether it’s an engagement party, baby or bridal shower, or maybe a charitable event, a garden luncheon requires a touch of casual elegance to match the day. And a little floral pattern, especially this season, fits the setting with ease. Diane von Furstenberg’s fit-and-flare cotton dress has a textured hand and boldly lady-like floral pattern that comes in a great aqua, too. The even open pattern has a graphic feel that is very flattering and plays into the slimming silhouette of DVF’s contemporary fit. Add a metallic or nude sandal (flat, wedges, or heels will look great) to let the color of the dress stand out. And if it’s going to be a really warm day, the higher neckline looks great with your hair pulled in to a stylish topknot. See the rest of our top picks in this week’s Fashion Finds.
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Outdoor Cocktail Party. Cocktails with friends on a warm summer evening is the perfect time to break out some easy summer fashion. A dress or jumpsuit is comfortable and easy to throw on, while still looking completely stylish and ready for a fun night. This Donna Morgan dress is made of a geometric eyelet that is fresh and modern with a lining that is a little shorter than the midi length skirt to show off the fabric, and give it a stylish outdoorsy feel. The popover top effortlessly balances the hips and highlights your waist – and the 2-16 modern fit is great on every lady. (If you prefer a contemporary fit, this Parker dress has a textured knit in a fit-and-flare shape that flatters your figure, too.) Add a colorful wedge to make walking outdoors easy. As we talked about last week, white is on trend this season – and always timeless. See the rest of our top picks in this week’s Fashion Finds.
 

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