By Caitlin Burnett
With the world opening back up and countless canceled events being rescheduled for this summer, chances are your calendar is looking pretty full over the next few months. And while the idea of getting dressed up and attending events again is exciting, it also requires a bit of a wardrobe shift from the leggings we all lived in the past year. With weddings, birthdays, and baby showers on the horizon, you’re probably going to need to do a little dress shopping.
We scoured the internet to bring you the most beautiful dresses for every event on your calendar. Dress codes vary depending on the event and host, so we’re highlighting the best styles for various dress codes you may encounter this summer. From formal gowns to garden minis to summer whites, here are the best event dresses for every occasion.
Time to break out those gowns again! Formal dress codes mean long hemlines, silky fabrics, tailored silhouettes, and sequins. Knowing you’ll be photographed endlessly at these events makes silky and shiny fabrics even more appealing, as they look amazing in photos and make for a memorable look.
Cocktail attire is always a crowd-pleaser—welcoming shorter hemlines, riskier necklines, and a generally more fun vibe. It strikes the perfect balance of polished and comfortable, with a celebratory flair. Whether you’re sticking with timeless black or going bold with a pop of color, these cocktail dresses are guaranteed to garner compliments.
Garden attire is a popular dress code choice for daytime events like baby showers, bridal showers, birthdays, and casual wedding ceremonies. Florals are a perfect choice, and with retro floral print being such a major 2021 trend, there are so many amazing dress options out there right now. Although these prints scream summer, they’re also quite versatile and can be worn to tons of other future events.
Summer is the official season of white parties, but white can also be incredibly chic for a baby shower or birthday soiree. Or if you happen to be getting married this year, this section is for you. Summer whites are as timeless as it gets, perfectly complementing your tan and radiating a fresh, clean feeling. Pair with classic gold jewelry or go bold with colorful accessories, as white can really do it all.
Daytime soirees are synonymous with summer, where linen and seersucker fabrics are welcome and a pop of color is always appreciated. Whether you go with gingham, florals, or prints, a daytime dress is one of the more versatile purchases you’ll make. Wear it to your event, on your next vacation, and basically everywhere else the rest of summer.