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Summer Event Dressing.

By: Jen Shoop

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I’ve had an influx of wedding guest / graduation / summer cocktail party dress requests, and wanted to share a few top recs today…

At the top of my list: the Fanm Mon Lorr dress. Comes in black, stripes, colors! This dress is simple but statement-making thanks to the embroidered flowers at the neckline. I absolutely love the fit — it feels so elegant and tailored. Can be worn with or without the straps. I would go true to size in this. I took the XS (my true size) and it’s a perfect fit. If between sizes, go up, as this dress has no stretch — it’s a tight-woven linen.

Next up: this linen Zimmermann dress. It’s delightfully unexpected — the colors, the rope belt, the diagonal stripes! — and the construction is brilliant (no zipper on side/back — just two zippers on the shoulders and you shimmy into it from the top down). I took the 0P and it was a tight, tight squeeze, so would probably rec taking your true size (I sized down to the P). You will need a nude slip beneath this (it’s fairly sheer without) and of course as with any linen dress, be comfortable with wrinkles! BTW, the shoes I’m wearing above and below are these Larroudes — probably my favorite sandal ever! So comfortable and add a little sunshine to any dress.

This Sir dress is an absolute knockout in color, silhouette, pattern. Be advised that this brand runs tiny. I took a size up from my usual size (I ordered a 1) and could barely zip it. The halter part is also non-adjustable so if I keep it (still on the fence), I’ll need to have that tailored as right now, it’s too long. But I just love the flattering folds/urching, the feminine neckline, the bold pattern. I felt like a bombshell in this, and I know Mr. Magpie would give it five stars.

A few other great wedding guest dress options:

+For the Cape Cod / Nantucket / seaside wedding: this striped maxi is the ticket (15% off with JEN15). Look for less with this under-$100 find.

+For the Hamptons, or any country club setting on the formal side: this La Ligne.

+Another great option for a country club setting: this floral Tuckernuck (20% off with YOUROCK).

+For either an urban cocktail or tropical wedding: this dress goes both ways! The silhouette is fashion-forward and elegant, but the pattern is ready for island time.

+For a garden party: this under $200 beauty. Reminds me of Emilia Wickstead!

+A big splurge but perfection for a tropical destination: Erdem.

+Agua Bendita always has the most spectacular patterns. I adore this floor-length option. The dresses are pricey but they are exquisitely made — you can tell from the fabric, the stitching, the details — and I have worn mine for several seasons.

+For a pretty cocktail-attire affair, around $200: this or this. LOVE the print.

+You know I adore Damaris Bailey. This floor-length floral is stunning, and this is one of my favorite pieces in my closet (I own in pink).

P.S. Recently eyeing and buying.

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4 thoughts on “Summer Event Dressing.

  1. Ok you look simply stunning in that Sir dress! Even if you have to get it shortened it’s well worth it. You rock that frock!

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