What to Wear to a Summer Event: The Summer Dress Round Up.

May 23, 2018

This post was inspired by a reader and a friend who I ran into today on my way to lunch. She said, "hey, you should put a post together to give your readers some ideas for what to wear for a spring/summer event." We both work in higher education and graduation and all the events that surround graduation is upon us.  GREAT IDEA and super fun to put together.

Disclaimer: I LOVE wearing dresses to spring/summer events so all of my inspo are gorgeous summer dresses and depending on the event can be worn to both a formal or casual event.  Many of these dresses are classic and timeless investment pieces that you want to invest a good chunk of money into especially if you will be attending a formal evening event.  Don't worry, I love a good bargain so I have picked out some dresses for a lower price point.  It is never about how much you spend! How it fits and how you style it is more important than the price tag.  I promise! Shall we jump in?

Day Event (Honoree)

Are you headed to an event that honors your accomplishments?  Are you graduating from college or graduate school?  Are you being honored for service or for just being plan awesome? This is your time to shine and I have curated a few beautiful dresses that are chic, stylish, fun and have you stand out for all the right reasons.

Day Event(Guest)

I didn't realize it at the time but all my picks for this category are white and I am not mad about it.  Summer whites are the EASIEST way to chic up any look!  These dresses are really affordable and can be used for many summer occasions.  Pair these dresses with some strappy heels think nude, white (really in this season) or personally my fav and go-to a gold strappy heel with a matching clutch.  Done!
Work Event

As I said before I work in higher education so we have two graduation ceremonies to dress up for!  Now, I work in a creative environment and my every day attire is business casual so during graduation season I do try to dress it up a bit more.  Graduation is my favorite event!  I mean it is the whole point of higher ed, we all work tirelessly to help these young adults graduate with a degree in the profession they want to pursue, thats the whole deal.  Well, they come dressed up with their families and significant others and they are over the moon happy and I soak it all up!  It really gives me tremendous purpose and I just love my students.  Ok, back to the looks.  I tend to lean towards a more fitted cut in my dress, bold and solid colors.  These dresses are a great addition to any wardrobe and can be easily worn during the colder months with a fitted blazer or a cardigan (I prefer a blazer, just saying.)
Evening Event

Say you have a more formal event to attend, think a gala, reception or an indoor summer wedding and you don't know where to begin?  I have got you covered!  Now these dresses are a bit on the higher end and I am on the fence on whether or not you should invest in a gown especially in the social media age where you take a photo in it once and you can't wear it again.  I don't believe that btw, but some do.  However, if you have the means then by all means take a look at what I have picked out.  If you don't want to spend your hard earned cash on a dress then you should definitely take a look at my Rent the Runway Review.  It is a great way to rent designer gowns which you will wear for five hours at your special event, give or take, and return with no one the wiser.
I hope this helps give you some ideas on looks you can pull together for your busy summer social calendar. This was a lot of fun to put together, so thank you friend for the idea! 💟

 Until next time! Oh, while I have you don't forget to subscribe so you NEVER miss a post. :)

 LifeStyledbyErica 💋

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