Fashion Perfect Party Style By InStyle Editors InStyle Editors Facebook Instagram Twitter Our editors and writers comprise decades of expertise across the beauty, fashion, lifestyle and wellness spaces in print and digital. We prioritize journalistic integrity, factual accuracy, and also having fun with every story we share. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on May 17, 2011 @ 01:35PM Pin Share Tweet Email Trending Videos Photo: Courtesy Rebecca Taylor (2) Perfect Party Style 01 of 10 Evening Wedding Courtesy Net-a-Porter When the invite requests cocktail attire, skip basic black in favor of skin-warming shades like peach and coral. A gold inset at the neck makes accessorizing ultra-easy-no need for a necklace, just add a stack of bangles! Silk colorblock dress, Diane von Furstenberg, $365; net-a-porter.com. 02 of 10 Museum Gala Courtesy French Connection, Courtesy La Garconne A sweeping pleated skirt and vintage styling make this blush gown an elegant, unfussy choice for a formal event. Add a touch of modern-day glam (and ward off after-dark chills) with a sheer animal-print shawl. Polyester pleated maxidress, French Connection, $248; frenchconnection.com.Modal scarf, Mulberry, $275; lagarconne.com. 03 of 10 Bridal Shower Courtesy Les Nouvelles, Courtesy My Theresa Pair a lace pencil skirt with a stripy top for a feminine-meets-fun ensemble. The fresh look can withstand an icebreaker or two-and is pretty enough to impress the bridal party. Cotton and linen top, Ace and Jig, $116; shoplesnouvelles.com.Embroidered skirt, Schumacher, $355; mytheresa.com. 04 of 10 Girls Night Out Courtesy Madewell, Courtesy Net-a-Porter Spontaneous dance party? Pat Benatar karaoke? Be prepared for anything your girls throw at you in a hot (but comfy) sequin-sprayed tee and leg-lengthening short shorts. Sequin top, Madewell, $295; madewell.com.Twill shorts, Joseph, $295; net-a-porter.com. 05 of 10 Afternoon Wedding Courtesy Tibi For daytime 'I Dos,' try a flirty ruffled design that balances a shoulder-baring neckline with a conservative hemline. A sweet bird print adds a touch of whimsy to the sexy cut. Silk ruffled dress, Tibi, $385; tibi.com. 06 of 10 Gallery Opening Courtesy Les Nouvelles You'll be a work of art in this eye-popping print dress from Timo Weiland. The detailed graphic pattern is uber-cool, while the cinch-waist style is universally flattering. Silk print dress, Timo Weiland, $488; shoplesnouvelles.com. 07 of 10 Poolside-to-Party Courtesy My-Wardrobe, Courtesy Net-a-Porter A sparkling jacket turns a slinky bikini cover-up into a cocktail-hour ensemble in a snap. Just sweep your hair into a quick chignon-and stash your towel. Sequin bolero, Milly, $355; net-a-porter.com.Polymide tube dress, Acne, $115; my-wardrobe.com. 08 of 10 Backyard Barbeque Courtesy Rebecca Taylor, Courtesy My Theresa A grill and a picnic bench don't mean you have to rough it! Try a sexy floral bustier with a knee-length denim skirt for the perfect blend of down-home and down, boy! Denim pencil skirt, 7 For All Mankind, $235; mytheresa.com.Cotton floral bustier, Rebecca Taylor, $195; rebeccataylor.com. 09 of 10 Garden Party Courtesy Net-a-Porter, Courtesy Madewell A light-as-air silk gown is a relaxed yet feminine choice for an outdoor event amongst the greenery. Add a luxurious cashmere shawl after sunset. Silk floral dress, Madewell, $198; madewell.com.Embroidered cashmere wrap, Kiki de Montparnasse, $395; net-a-porter.com. 10 of 10 Office-to-Happy Hour Courtesy Rebecca Taylor (2) Sneak a strapless dress at work by topping it with a fitted leather blazer. When the clock strikes five, lose the jacket for a flirty after-hours look. Scallop leather jacket, Rebecca Taylor, $695; rebeccataylor.com.Silk dress, Rebecca Taylor, $495; rebeccataylor.com.