Check out style expert Moe Kelso's party style picks for your summertime socials.
Brunch with the gals - If anyone can appreciate a pretty, floral outfit complete with hat and clutch it's your girlfriends. Who can resist a sweet clutch to match and strappy wedge sandals to make this look daytime casual? Be careful not to make your look too girly by curling your hair. A sleek ponytail or straight bangs are more modern.
Cottage Cocktails - Margaritas go hand in hand with citrus coloured separates on the dock. Bright orange, lemon yellow and lime green look most delicious with white accessories. Choose a white floppy hat or white aviator sunglasses for sun protection. White strappy gladiators say 'cocktail hour' more than flip flops.
Patio Drinks - Take the office out of your pinstripes by removing your suit jacket and showing off a gorgeous silk tank underneath. You can get away with baring tanned shoulders at the local watering hole when your top isn't too revealing. Put a subtle hint of sexy in your pencil skirt by wearing patent leather, platform heels in a nude colour - your legs will go on forever.
Outdoor Wedding - Who's not inspired by Duchess Catherine and her fabulous collection of Fascinators? Nuptials in the garden is your chance to get crafty. Cover a drugstore headband in a cotton fabric to match your party outfit (slippery fabrics will not stay on your head). Check out the notions department in your local department store and search for feathers, rhinestones, fake flowers et al. Get busy with a glue gun and voila! DIY glamour a la Kate.
Date Night - Bust out your sexiest short skirt this summer but keep it covered on top if it's your first date. If he's already your guy show off your glowing tan and gleaming collarbones (many men's favourite part of a woman) by going strapless (since you'll be noticed mostly from the waist up at the dinner table). Carnival's in town? Cut-off denim shorts, sequin top and metallic wedge shoes will have him swooning before the ferris wheel ride.
Family Picnic - Grandma and Grandpa will approve of your boho, patterned maxi dress especially when paired with flat sandals in natural leather and a big straw bag. I love adding lots of beaded necklaces in colours from my outfit for real hippie chic. Find a fabulous, faux crystal ring and bring on the burgers.
Beach Party - You'll be chic at the beach when your dressing choices are nautical-inspired. Pull on a comfy pair of loose, white drawstring pants with a red and white striped bikini top for the clambake. Bring along an oversized, cotton knit cardigan in navy blue for sundown. Forego the footwear but keep your toes seaworthy by wearing bright red polish. Make waves at the party by slipping on some gold toe rings.
1. Floral dress The Bay $195
2. White aviators for cottage cocktails
3. Lime green bracelet $98.00 from nikabutik
4. Steve Madden Nude platforms Town Shoes $125
5. Fascinator from Kchats (prices vary).
6. Strapless dress Betsey Johnson $398.00
7. Beaded lace top Le Chateau $69.95
8. Maxi dress and crop jean jacket from Costa Blanca
9. Nautical striped bikini top Forever 21 $10.80
Moe Kelso, Fashion Expert