BBQs, Birthdays, and Backyard Hangs: 7 Flattering Summer Party Outfits

Want some ideas for summer party outfits that look hot without MAKING you warmer? Here are 7 outfits that are perfect for all the BBQs and birthdays!

Summertime is finally here! That means trips to the beach, backyard barbecues, and all sorts of other fun in the sun. It also means it’s time for cute summer outfits.

If you want to look as hot as it is outside this summer, try out some of this season’s best summer party outfits. They’re guaranteed to keep you cool while looking your best, no matter what where you’re spending these sunny days.

1. Crop Top and Denim Cutoffs

Remember when you used to make your own shorts out of old jeans you had laying around the house? Turns out you were a trendsetter. Cutoff jean shorts are back in, but we don’t recommend making them yourself anymore. Get a cute pair with just the right amount of "distress." Pair them with a crop top for a laid back look that works for just about any occasion.

The best thing about this summer outfit? You can dress it up or dress it down depending on where you’re headed. For a classier summer party, pair cutoffs with a floral crop top. Add some heels or wedges to complete the look.

If you’re looking to keep it as casual as possible, pair cutoffs with a graphic tee crop top or a sporty crop top tank. Throw on some flip flops or strappy sandals to complete your carefree summer style, perfect for the next barbecue or beach bonfire event on your schedule. 

2. Wide Leg Pants and Classic Tank

Though pants may not be your first thought when it comes to summer attire, it’s all about the fabric. Choose a wide legged pant made of a light and airy fabric to ensure you’ll feel that summer breeze even through the full coverage. Pair with a classic tank top for a look that’s simple but chic.

This outfit is also really versatile. You can add some flair by choosing pants with a bright, bold pattern. Or you can keep it simple by choosing solid colored pants and pairing with a tank in a solid complimentary color, creating a block color look.

This outfit is just as appropriate for that casual dinner party your coworker is throwing as it is for the beach party you're headed to next weekend. Pair with sleek heels for the dinner party or super casual sandals for the beach!

3. Bold Patterned Shorts and A Simple Blouse

No matter where you’re headed, a cute pair of shorts and a simple button down make for the perfect summer look. Bold patterns are in this season, so instead of going for boring khaki or black shorts, grab a pair in plaid, flirty floral, or even an animal print pattern. To offset the bold look on the bottom, pair the shorts with a simple, solid colored blouse. Long sleeves, three quarter length sleeves, and short sleeves all work for this classic summer outfit.

Pair with some boat shoes if you really want to feel like a Kennedy at the Cape for that casual summer party or pair with some gladiator sandals if you want a dressier look for a night out on the town.

4. Maxi Sundress

Summer was made for sundresses. No other summer outfit is quite as versatile as a great maxi sundress. You can wear it over your bathing suit to the beach, it’s perfect for any type of backyard or neighborhood gathering, and nothing looks cuter while you’re grabbing drinks with friends or headed out on the town.

Since this summer outfit is such a staple, treat yourself to a few different styles. Grab one with a bright and bold pattern for when you want to really stand out, grab a floral one for those times you need an extra feminine look, and grab a solid color one to pair with other essentials like a flowy blouse or thin cardigan.

5. Cami Dress

If you’re looking for something a little more flirty than a maxi sundress, a cami dress is the perfect summer outfit. The shorter hemline and the more open neckline means you’ll be able to show off a little more skin, which also keeps you cooler on those days that are literally hotter than Hades.

This dress is just as versatile as a maxi dress in that they’re available in multiple styles that fit any destination. Pick a simple cami dress in an airy fabric for a beach party. Pick one with a fun pattern for that block party you’re headed to this weekend. Or pick a flirty floral pattern and pair with a cami or blazer for work or that special thing you’ve got planned after hours. You literally can’t go wrong with this simple but chic look.

6. Crop Top and High Waisted Skirt

Crop tops are the summer look that can be paired with just about anything. If you’re looking for a dressier option than pairing your favorite crop top with shorts or leggings, try wearing a high waisted skirt. The high waisted look ensures that you’re showing off just the right amount of belly, and it conveniently accentuates an hourglass shape.

Pair the high waisted skirt with a simple cami style crop top for a look that’s classic and chic. Or choose a flowy, lacy crop top to make the look a bit fancier. For a truly stellar summer look, try a coordinating skirt and crop top set.

This look is perfect for after-hours plans or your next summer birthday party, but really, wherever you're headed this summer party outfit is sure to turn heads.

7. Bold Printed Romper

Rompers are another summer essential that can be worn pretty much anywhere. They’re perfect as a swimsuit coverup for your best friend's beach birthday party, but they can also be worn out for drinks, or even to work on those casual Fridays. Or casual every day if that’s your kind of office.

For the more upscale events, a floral patterned romper with some well-placed ruffles is a perfect choice. Pair with some chunky wedges or some strappy pumps to complete your sophisticated look.

For the beach or your next party choose a romper with a bold and colorful pattern or a simple stripy look. Pair with some strappy sandals or even flip flops to keep this outfit cool and casual.

Finding the Perfect Summer Party Outfit

No matter what kind of event you’re headed this summer you never have to sacrifice cute for comfort with these summer party outfits. Check out our website for more stellar summer options.

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