Dressing up for a summer party or barbecue is all about looking cute while staying cool. Crochet dresses, oversized floral prints, bright nails and messy hair are all in for summer 2012. Here are my top picks for summer party outfits.
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1. High Low Hem Dress
Instead of rocking a floor-length maxi dress, consider a breezy high-low hem dress instead. The asymmetrical hemline will instantly turn your look into something special, even if your dress is all one color. Plus, it’s a great way to show off your shoes and keep your legs cool despite the summer temps. This dress is by Lucca Couture, and features an adorable ruffle in the front, bright summer colors and a cute floral pattern. Buy Direct
2. Floral Print Dress
Floral prints always come back in one way or another for the summer season. For 2012, it’s all about big floral prints. Oversized flowers in colorful pinks, yellows and greens are all the rage, and Caroline Sunshine’s dress is perfect summer BBQ fashion inspiration. The light and bright colors play off her dip-dyed hair, while the sleeveless A-line fit is flattering and fun to romp around in while the summer breeze blows. Buy Direct
3. Three-Quarter Sleeve Crochet Dress
For 2012, it’s all about the crochet dress in earth-tone colors like ivory and light brown. A crochet dress like Cody Kennedy’s is light, airy and breezy, which will keep you cool under the hot summer sun. I love how her dress features delicate three-quarter sleeves and a scalloped hem. To keep this dress from being see-through, make sure to wear a tight slip underneath. Cody chose black, but really any color will do- it all depends on what look you’re going for. Black open-toed shoes and a bright clutch complete her look. Buy Direct
4. Separates: Crop Top and Skirt
For the summer party that’s in the scorching heat, consider wearing a crop top and a high-waisted skirt. Crop tops have been a favorite of celebs like Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus this season, and while they’ve gotten a little bit of flack for showing skin, I think this look is totally appropriate for a pool or beach BBQ. The key to pulling off this look is to wear a high-waisted skirt with your crop top. That way you won’t show too much skin, and you’ll be showing off the smallest part of your waist. How to Wear Evening Separates
5. BBQ Hair: Messy High Bun
Summer hair is all about being carefree, a tad messy, and keeping your locks off your shoulders so you won’t get overheated. Kristen Stewart’s messy high bun accomplishes all this while still being party-ready. I love how she choose to add some volume in the front before gathering all of her hair into a messy knot at the top of her head. You could easily add a flower or feather accent piece to really make this hair ‘do festive for your BBQ. Summer Ponytails for Parties Summer Hairstyles for Formal Occasions
6. Fringe Flip Flops
When the warm weather arrives, open-toed shoes are a must: they’ll keep you feeling cool while showing off a cute summer pedicure. But, skip the run of the mill plastic beach flip flops when you’re heading to a party, because they can instantly kill an outfit and make it just a tad too casual. Instead, opt for cute thong sandals that have a bit of fringe, beading or sparkle on them. That way you’ll be dressed up while staying cool and comfy. Summer Sandals for Parties
7. Colorful Pedicure
Since you’ll be showing off your toes in sandals and flip flops all summer long, you’ll want to make sure your toes are presentable. Taking the time to give yourself a colorful summer pedicure can go a long way. For 2012, it’s all about orange nail polish. Pick a shade with a little bit of pink in it to give your toes a pop of color. If you’re feeling arty and ambitious, paint a design on your big toe. A flower, peace sign, sun or stripes are easy summer go-to designs. Nail Ideas for Prom Get the Ultimate Prom Nails