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Garden Party: What to Wear

Parties are typically centered around a particular event - like birthdays and holidays - but what about just celebrating the season? One of the best parts about summer is the outdoor parties, but one of the worst is figuring out what to wear.

Garden parties or outdoor parties can take place in a variety of settings. They can range from wedding-related, formal events (like galas), to casual get-togethers. Regardless of where your party is, you'll want to look your best!

a young woman in a summery dress outside

What You Need to Know About Garden Party Attire

If the invitation reads "Garden Party," you should strive for a Jackie Kennedy look. It's really just semi-formal, but have a little fun with it! Sundresses and skirts are ideal. Soft and flowy fabrics are perfect, but the colors are what will make or break your outfit. Go for bright or pastel colors, or a subtle floral print.

Prefer something more simple? Pull out your little black dress and add a spot of color with a necklace, scarf, or your shoes and you're good to go!

More Formal Outdoor Parties & Events

three women posing in front of what looks like a barn, all dressed in white

If you're headed to a wedding or formal event, you'll see most people wearing cocktail dresses. These would be more formal than a standard garden party, but keep the bright color and floral pattern scheme in mind. You can find lots of cute dresses in downtown Saratoga Springs!

You may find yourself invited to a "White Party." You don't have to wear all white, but make sure the other colors you wear are subtle. Avoid wearing another solid color.

Women opt for wearing everything from a white sundress to formal evening attire for white parties. White pants are a hit as well! Most men wear khaki pants and a simple white button-down.

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Keep Shoes From Sinking

a box of solemates for shoes

For garden parties and other outdoor events you'll have to keep in mind that heels or pumps can really sink into soft grass or dirt. Keep it safe and simple by opting for wedges, flats, or dressy sandals instead.

Or, if you have your heart set on heels, look into high heel protectors or "solemates" that you can attach to your shoes to keep them from sinking into the ground.

Relax and Have a Great Time

Garden parties and especially more formal events can be intimidating, but they don't have to be! Remember, when you look good you feel good, so dressing appropriately for the occasion is the first step to a successful garden party, gala, or fun event. Mix, mingle, and don't forget to have fun!

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