Perfect Party Style

Rebecca Taylor - Party-Perfect Style - Summer Fashion
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Perfect Party Style

01 of 10

Evening Wedding

Diane von Furstenberg - Party-Perfect Style - Summer Fashion
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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

French Connection - Mulberry - Party-Perfect Style - Summer Fashion
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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

Ace and Jig - Schumacher - Party-Perfect Style - Summer Fashion
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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

Madewell - Joseph - Party-Perfect Style - Summer Fashion
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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

Tibi - Party-Perfect Style - Summer Fashion
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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

Timo Weiland - Party-Perfect Style - Summer Fashion
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

ACNE - Milly - Party-Perfect Style - Summer Fashion
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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

Rebecca Taylor - 7 For All Mankind - Party-Perfect Style - Summer Fashion
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

Kiki De Montparnasse - Madewell - Party-Perfect Style - Summer Fashion
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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

Rebecca Taylor - Party-Perfect Style - Summer Fashion
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.

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