Summer dinner parties are tough to dress for. If the hosts have a backyard or roof deck space, or it’s at their summer home, it’s almost always eating outside, which means you should be prepared for sun, bugs, and grass or sand. Now a barbecue is one thing, but if it’s a dinner party, the fancy quotient goes up a notch, which means rocking your cutoffs or sundress with your bikini under straight from the beach probably won’t cut it. But you also want to be comfy if it’s hot, buggy, sunny, etc. out and you don’t want to overdo it because outdoor summer parties are all about being easy, breezy.
The good news is, it’s an excuse to whip out the tunic you love that’s too fancy for a bbq, a little weird for work, but you’ve only worn once on the vacation you bought it for and are dying to wear again. With white jeans and fancy sandals and some statement earrings, it’s perfect. Bonus: You don’t have to worry about your legs getting bit all night. You can’t fail with a nicer sundress and wedges or fancy flat sandals. Dress it up with a gold or silver cuff or statement necklace.
Personally I like maxi dresses as they offer more coverage from bugs, but a midi style is chic and short is great for showing off your tan legs.
Of course if you want to show that even if you’re at the beach, you’ve still got ~style~ a romper or jumpsuit, or matching set is the fashion-forward choice. I like to wear heels or wedges with a jumpsuit to help elongate — it’s just more flattering. With a romper, you can go either way, though a little platform will give your legs and butt a boost, and really, who doesn’t want that?