With Memorial Day right around the corner, I'm sure you're anxious about your first big summer party. So, after a couple seasons of stepping out in shades of black every time the invite called for cocktail attire, what's a fashionista to wear to a cocktail party in summer 2011? This summer's all about three big trends: bright color blocks (seen at Jil Sander and Prada), jungle influences (seen at House of Holland and Alexander McQueen) and lace (seen at Chanel and Ralph Lauren).
Here's a look at what we suggest for arriving in style to your first summer cocktail party. And please remember a cute look is no excuse for overindulging. Remember to drink responsibly and designate a driver!
Bright color blocks is by far my favorite trend of the season, and vibrant pink and orange -- often appearing together -- are the standout colors. Pair a solid color dress in an exceptional shade with shoes and handbag in a contrasting color to snag the effect.
→ Buy the Halston Heritage Off Shoulder Cocktail Dress, $395.00, at shopbop.com; shipping and returns are free.
While the runways showed everything from feathers and raffia, to oversized animal prints as part of the jungle influence trend, a perfect real world take is a bright tribal print. This trend is ideal for a casual backyard party.
→ Buy the Voom Tribal Print Poncho Dress, $174.00, at edressme.com.
For a classic summer look gone modern, try a simple white sundress with lace details. Pair it with a pair of this season's stand-out wood heel sandals to do double duty with another big runway trend: '70s style.
→ Buy the Free People Lace Panels Dress, $99.99 (was $148.00), at macys.com.
** Check out our new favorite, super easy summer cocktail find -- The Bacardi Hand-Shaken Daiquiri:
Step 1: Moisten the rim of a tall glass then dip in sugar to rim the edgesThis summer, rediscover the daiquiri. Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri is the perfect addition to any summer get-together — fun, delicious, and ready to pour. Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri is made with Bacardi Superior Rum, tangy lime and sugar. It is a perfectly balanced cocktail that is not too sour and not too sweet. bacardidaiquiri.glam.com
Step 2: Pour over ice
Step 3: Garnish with a lime wedge
Step 4: Enjoy!
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