seersucker picnic dress
by Ida Hsiang
Whether you're a guest at a summer wedding or rubbing elbows with your fancier friends, there's bound to be a summer soiree (or two) in your near future. The nights are still balmy but those cute maxi dresses and short shorts that are so sweet for day may be a little too casual for night. A few tips while looking for the perfect party dress for summer? Try light, floaty fabrics or draped silhouettes for a more chic vibe and opt for bright colors or pretty patterns to keep your ensemble looking summer fresh. Keep it classy by balancing out your outfit - strapless necklines give longer hemlines sex appeal and cute cap sleeves help keep a mini from being a little too revealing. Check out the slideshow for our picks for summer party dresses that will be sure to make you stand out in the crowd!
by Brooke Baker
We've fallen in love. Again. This time with the Lucca Couture Pleated-Bodice Strapless Dress from Urban Outfitters. The print is pretty and floral, rendering the black dress pre-Labor Day appropriate; the sweetheart strapless neckline is super flattering; the proportions of the dress will make your body look great. This is the kind of dress you can throw a cardigan over and wear to work and then easily amp it up with heels, giving you a cute and sexy girl-next-door charm. Rock it with espadrille wedges or vintage pumps, gladiator sandals or jellies - this sweet dress will match your every style mood and whimsy!Where to Buy - Urban OutfittersPrice - $49.99Who Found It - Idabone was the first to add the 'Lucca Couture Pleated-Bodice Strapless Dress' to the Hive.