5 Fresh Formal Outfit Ideas For Even The Hottest Days

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Summertime dressing can be brutal in the heat but, ‘tis the season for parties, dinners and outdoor events galore, so we’re making sure we have all the essentials for those moments you simply must look your best. Now, lucky for us, the hottest season of the room tends to offer some wiggle room when it comes to formal dress codes for cocktail or black-tie events (thank you, summer!). We’ve compiled five foolproof outfits that not only offer a little ventilation but also endless style for any occasion. From statement dresses to T-shirts and midi skirts, here are chic outfit ideas for that jam-packed social schedule of yours.

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Endless Summer

Elevated Bohemian

Bohemian doesn’t have to mean über-casual. A crochet dress can look just as elevated as any other with the addition of some ladylike styling pieces and accessories. Try topping your bold, striped midi with a tweed jacket and finishing off the look with a waist belt and summertime sunnies.

Isabel Marant Zap Leather Belt

$115

Shopbop

Trim Tweed Jacket

$40

Mango

Proenza Schouler Re-edition Open Weave Dress

$1,990

Farfetch

Avery Sunglasses

$145

Warby Parker

Statement Dress

For the fanciest events on your calendar, consider a statement dress that wows. We particularly love florals in bright pastels, like a yellow or powder blue. Let the dress speak for itself by keeping your accessories understated and classic.

Rebecca De Ravenel M’O Exclusive Six Drop Silk Earrings

$345

Moda Operandi

Schutz Enida Sandals

$170

Shopbop

Self Portrait Pleated Asymmetric Floral Dress

$290

Shopbop

Original Wayfarer Classic

$153

Ray-Ban

One-and-done:

A one-and-done piece is always appreciated, especially come the hot and sticky parts of summer. Consider a dressier take on the jumpsuit, with a cropped silhouette or one with feminine ruffles. Keep it dressy with a pair of elegant heeled sandals and classically clean jewelry and accessories.

Straight Away Hoopla

$60

Roxanne Assoulin

Trademark Bucket Bag

$628

Shopbop

re:named Ruffle Overall Jumpsuit

$92

Shopbop

Purist Polka-Dot Elaphe Sandals

$925

Aquazzura

Casual elegance:

Dressy events during summer are a little more lax than those in other seasons, leaving the door open for dressing down your fancier skirts with a bright white T-shirt and even a pair of sneakers. While this look certainly isn’t fit for a black-tie event, you’d be surprised how many festive day parties it will take you through.

Converse Chuck Taylor Low Top Sneaker

$50

Nordstrom

The Cotton Box-Cut Tee

$16

Everlane

Zoe Skirt

$148

Reformation

Petite Isla Bahia Basket – Special Edition

$240

Pamela Munson

Summer Uniform

Play with patterns and textures this summer, styling your favorite printed midi skirt with a camisole made of a lightweight jersey knit and burlap-style sandals. Keep the look simply elevated with a pair of simple yet bold hoop earrings and you're good to go...anywhere.

Short Jersey Camisole Top

$10

H&M

Satin Spot Ruffled Skirt

$80

Topshop

2″ Samira Hoops

$500

Jennifer Fisher

Alexandre Birman Clarita Bow-Embellished Leather Sandals

$595

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