An outfit for every summer occasion

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As the weather heats up, so does your social calendar. Your weekends are about to be jam-packed with al fresco parties, sporting events, outdoor concerts and poolside gatherings.

Keeping up appearances as you swing by one party and on to the next means looking the part, so we’ve rounded up a quick style guide for your upcoming summer activities.

Backyard Barbecue

Whether it’s a laid-back get-together or a more sophisticated to-do, crisp summer whites make for a classic and versatile uniform. Incorporate a pop of color for a bold twist, or keep it simple with minimalistic accessories and a monotone palette. This chic shirt-dress takes you from afternoon to evening looking pulled together yet totally understated.

Summer Wedding

As you head from a rustic-luxe celebration to an enchanted outdoor garden, look for pieces that incorporate this season’s top trends in a way that’s subtle enough to be worn again and again. Think of-the-moment colors that flatter your sun-kissed skin such as burnt orange and marigold yellow. These “spicy” colors work day or night and pair well with gold statement jewelry or touches of a cool contrast color such as pastel blue.

Fourth of July

Whether you’re attending an upscale patriotic soiree or just setting up some lawn chairs to take in the fireworks, it’s best to keep things simple while you try to beat the mid-summer heat. For a more formal affair, try an embroidered maxi dress for a statement- making look that’s also comfortable and cool. If you’re keeping things casual this year, this fresh take on denim offers an all-American look. Add shades and a patterned scarf to offset your blues.

Outdoor Events

Outdoor events such as concerts and games or tournaments are apt occasions for this spring’s gingham trend. Be ready to sprawl on the grass in high-wasted gingham shorts or a lightweight gingham top with rolled-up sleeves. These pieces are easy to incorporate into any style, from country club preppy to festival-friendly boho.

The summer is full of events (and adventures!), and a few easy updates can take your wardrobe from lukewarm to hot, and still keep you looking cool.

Source: Sarah Vukalovic for GuideLive

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