What To Wear To A Summer Rooftop Party In NYC When You're Trying To Beat The Heat

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Parks are lovely, but if you really want to escape the sweltering city heat of the summer, you have to head up. The rooftops of New York lie dormant in the winter but suddenly become the crown jewels of the city from July to September. For weekends when you're not leaving town, rooftop gatherings are the perfect way to enjoy the season without enduring the jostling activity below. Next time you're invited to kick back and take in the sunset overlooking arguably one of the most vibrant cities in the world, take it. And dress the part, using this rooftop outfit idea as your inspiration.

While there will be a breeze, it likely won't be much cooler on the roof, so wear a thin-strapped poplin dress. Khaite's Delphine Smock Dress is sophisticated yet laid-back, and can take on multiple personalities depending on your accessories. For sunset cocktails, pair the dress with studded wrap sandals, like this color-blocked pair from Marni. Playful and summery, the low heel makes these ideal for climbing stairs and traversing uneven rooftops. Finally, the perfect sunglasses feature a soft lens that won't render you unable to see in the evening light but will protect you from the sunset glare from surrounding buildings. This style from Ferragamo strikes the perfect balance, all in a refreshing aqua shade.

The Dress

Delphine Smocked Pleated Cotton Dress

$1,250

Khaite

The fitted bodice on this Khaite dress keeps it from feeling too dainty, while the white cotton-poplin fabric provides the perfect backdrop for you to showcase your favorite accessories against. Basically, this dress was made for nights spent high above the city.

The Shoes

Studded Kitten Heel Buckle Sandals

$990

Marni

Opt for a pair of sandals that will keep you grounded, even if you're nowhere near the ground. Who knows what your rooftop seating situation will look like. Luckily, you'll be able to stand in these all night.

The Sunglasses

Blue Sunglasses

Salvatore Ferragamo

With days lasting ever longer, you can count on your sunglasses factoring into your outfit well into the evening. The blue lenses on these shades contrast against see-through frames for a modern take on the classic cat-eye. While this exact style isn't available yet to customers, see similar styles at Ferragamo.