As classes come to a close and the weather gets warmer, we’re getting closer and closer to arguably the most celebratory season of the year. Whether it’s a family wedding, a friend’s graduation party, or a poolside bash in your bestie’s backyard, there always seems to be an event jotted down in our calendars throughout the summer months. Because it isn’t always easy to find fashion inspiration for every event, Her Campus is here to provide you with some affordable summertime ensembles, featuring summer’s most versatile piece of clothing: the dress! These outfits can be worn all summer long to keep you confident and on-trend for any event that comes your way.
Most graduation parties are held at the graduate’s house; however, they can also take place at country clubs, or other event venues. Unless there is a specific dress code, the best grad party go-to is a pair of comfortable sandals or wedges and a sundress. This dress from Lulu’s makes an adorable pairing with the blue wedges from Target.
For a wedding, a dress with a bit more structure than a sundress will keep you looking classy. Floral and embroidered pieces are super on-trend this season, so this red body-con dress from Nordstrom is a playful and affordable piece that will make you stand out. Additionally, it can be paired with Steve Madden’s nude “Stecy” heel, a great staple in any collegiette’s wardrobe.
Professional Cocktail Parties
When graduating collegiettes start their first jobs and undergraduates hustle through their summer internships, there is the possibility that a cocktail party or work event will pop up on the schedule. Tailored dresses are a great option for these events and will assure that you look appropriately conservative and professional. This short-sleeved dress from Banana Republic is now on sale and would look great spiced up with a fun pair of shoes or a bold white blazer. Shiny pumps add some spark and spunk to the ensemble.
Possibly the most fun events of the summer, poolside parties give you a chance to show off your favorite swimwear! Abercrombie carries this adorable cover up that allows you to flaunt your favorite bikini under its see-through lace design. Pair it with your favorite flip-flops or this cool pair of sandals by Steve Madden for a killer ensemble.