Easy does it dresses
Nothing signals allure quite like a red dress. The beauty of this design, with its free-as-a-bird print, simple cut, and flowing lines, is that it doesn't try too hard. Touches of ivory and gold on the belt and bag add to the light feel. And the ankle-strap stilettos? Just plain sexy.
Dress: Silk, Burning Torch, $363; burningtorch inc.com; Belt: Leather, J. Crew, $33; jcrew.com; Bangles: Swarovski crystal, agate, and brass, losselliani, $449/set of 5; shopbop.com; Heels: Printed leather, B Brian Atwood, $395; 212-415-4739; Clutch: Leather with metal hardware, Vince Camuto, $148; vince camuto.com.
Clean lines plus piquant color: What could be crisper or more business-appropriate? Because restraint is key here, fight the impulse to glitz up the dress with jewelry. A soft, muted scarf hits just the right note.
Eyeglasses: Acetate with metal, Mosley Tribes, $225; 212-925-5400; Dress: Viscose-ramie with belt, Comptoir des Cotonniers, $210; 212-460-5289; Scarf: Rayon, Calvin Klein, $38; calvinklein.com;
Cuff: Rose gold plate, Joomi Lim, $120; joomilim.com; Handbag: Leather, Marc by Marc Jacobs, $498; marcjacobs.com; Pumps: Leather, Eric Rutberg Transparent, $298; evesapple.com.
A rich floral, such as this silk number, is dressy without being fussy. The cap sleeves and graceful princess seams are perfectly tailored to daytime nuptials. Finish with a dainty bag and delicate heels.
Dress: Silk, Joie, $308; joie.com; Necklace: Glass, rhinestone, and brass, NC Bis by Nancy Caten, $398; ncbisjewelry.com; Clutch: Lace and Lurex, Kotur, $395; kotur Itd.com; Sandals: Snakeskin, Charles David, $189; charles david.com; Ring: Gold plate, Vita Fede, $200; vitafede.com.
When you're stuck in the bleachers under a blazing sun, there's no better friend than a stretchy white dress. Punch up the pristine shade with a cool green bag, and choose sandals for maximum airflow.
Scarf: Wool, Subtle Luxury, $86; www.shopsubtle luxury.com; Sunglasses: Plastic, Michael Stars, $78; michael stars.com; Clutch: Leather, Tory Burch, $345; at Nordstrom; Sandals: Leather, Pour la Victoire, $265; 770-522-0468; Dress: Cotton-spandex, Raoul, $325; saks.com.
It doesn't get much easier than a sundress. The ikat-style pattern is plenty chic for a patio party but laid-back enough for padding around town. Pair it with espadrilles—and don't forget a cute hat.
Fedora: Paperstraw, Hoss Intropia, $120; 409-721-5040; Sunglasses: Acetate with metal, Gant Rugger, $125; us.gant.com; Tote: Leather, Cole Haan, $248; colehaan.com; Necklace: Rhodium plate and painted chain, Capwell & Co., $38; capwell.co; Dress: Silk, Rory Beca, $192; rorybeca.com; Bracelets: Moonstone and antiqued silver plate, the 2 Bandits, $168 each; the2bandits.com; Slip-Ons: Canvas, Michael Michael Kors, $75; at select Michael Kors Lifestyle stores.