Summertime means the livin’ is easy but the struggle to figure out what to wear for every event on your jam-packed social calendar is real. You have beach trips, formal charity galas and countless outdoor weddings to go to, but honestly, you’re too busy trying to chill on your deck to rummage through your wardrobe. To help you put the effortless in effortless chic, I called up some of your favorite department stores. Yes, you do have something to wear.
Watching friends and family exchange vows al fresco, whether it’s a Caribbean destination wedding or at a Long Island vineyard, is a mainstay on your summer calendar. Outdoors may or may not mean a little less formal, so arm your wardrobe with a versatile frock in a pretty pastel, like this sleeveless embroidered gauze number by Rebecca Taylor. “[This dress] offers a flattering fit you can easily dress up or down,” said designer Rebecca Taylor. “The color is quite beautiful as well.” For a dressier look, pair with a statement necklace and strappy wedges (because it’s never cute when your stiletto sinks into the grass). If the wedding is on the informal side, opt for flat sandals, and bring along a topper like a cardigan, leather jacket or blazer in case it gets a bit breezy.
A lazy day by the water never gets old, which is a good thing given that most Long Islanders are 20 minutes from a beach. Make sure your outfit is as fresh as the sea-salted air. “Most of all, you need a swimsuit that celebrates your femininity with a rose print,” said Lord & Taylor vice president and fashion director Stephanie Solomon. Try this Kate Spade Bay of Roses Smocked Swim Top, part of Lord & Taylor’s Free Spirit Rose collection. Stash beach-day essentials like sunscreen, iPhone, Pulse Magazine and towel into a roomy tote, and grab your hat on your way out the door. “A wide-brim hat is a fashion must-have and the good news is it will also protect you from the sun.”
From Market Art + Design and ArtHamptons to local Main Streets, the perusing for paintings and sculptures is moving outside. Continue to rock the patchwork trend that exploded in the fall. “The mixed-print patchwork adds an artistic touch,” Taylor said, adding that the silhouette would work well with a flat sandal or shoe.
Channel your inner Grecian goddess in a petal pink gathered-waist gown. The high side slit dress paired with strappy stilettos will give you legs for days as you work the room from cocktail hour to last dance.
When Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone and barbecue season is in full swing, dress accordingly. Striped polos are a summer wardrobe staple. Show off the abs you worked all spring for by knotting it at the mid-section, and finish the ensemble with a solid pair of shorts or crops. If you’re feeling confident in your ability to avoid spills, dare to wear white pants.