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    34 Clothing Items You’ll Want For Every Semi-Formal Event That's Coming Up This Summer

    Expect upscale basics, easy-to-style solids, and sophisticated patterns to get you through your schedule.

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    1. A glamorous halter-neck maxi dress guaranteed to stop you in your tracks anytime you catch a glimpse of your reflection.,

    Promising review: "I really didn't expect to love this dress, but I was so impressed with it that I ended up ordering it in two other colors and also in another style. It's the perfect dress to wear to a party, weddings, or the like. The shorter slip underneath the sheer polka dot overlay of the dress is the perfect length to add a sweet, feminine detail without being too short. Really happy and very impressed!" —Alyssa Algra

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 26 colors).

    2. High-waisted faux leather shorts, the style we predict will make you and everyone who lays eyes on them drool. Mark your calendars, because these babies will take up most of your June, July, and August evenings.

    the black high-waisted faux leather shorts

    Promising review: "A blogger posted about these leather shorts, and I had to get them and I did not regret it one bit! I am IN LOVE with these. They are so flattering and comfortable. If I could wear them everywhere I probably would. I got a bunch of compliments on them as well. If you’re thinking about ordering them, do it! They will easily become one of your favorite articles of clothing." —Christina Bourgeois

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL).

    3. A truly fabulous tulle skirt here to take the title as the perfect plus one. Birthdays? Engagement parties? Basically every occasion henceforth will now be a picture-worthy one, thanks to this showstopper.

    reviewer wearing the red tulle skirt

    Promising review: "This is a great evening/party attire for plus-sized women. This is a great a-line circle skirt. I bought the black version for a holiday party. I got many compliments. I’m a size 18 and bought the 3X. It fit perfectly, and hit me just below the knee and had excellent poof!" —Margeaux Chavez

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–5X and in 30 colors).

    4. An ever-reliant wrap dress which takes the guesswork out of getting ready when you're just not feeling your current closet picks. This beaut mimics the feeling of a perfectly formed hug, plus the long sleeves make it ideal for events where the AC is blowing beyond belief.,

    Promising review: "I've tried a few dozen dresses over the last couple of years, and, out of all of them, the Lark & Ro wrap dresses are my absolute favorite. This version, the long sleeved classic dress, is just beautiful. It fits very well, is made of a superior fabric that drapes beautifully without being overly heavy, and lasts with repeated wearing and careful washing. I love it. It's beautiful. It feels wonderful on my skin. For me, this is my best choice, every time I look in my closet." —Rae

    Get it from Amazon for $26.54+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 22 colors).

    5. A satin spaghetti strap dress designed to be worn for both classy and casual affairs alike. We suggest adding a blazer and sweater for yet another fresh 'fit option that disguises itself as a skirt.

    reviewer wearing the burgundy dress

    Promising review: "I recommend 100%. I loved the fit and and was super comfortable. Got a lot of compliments about it and it was accurate on the size. Perfect!" —Cynthia Arizpe

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XXL–4X and three colors).

    6. A cotton puff-sleeve dress with a sweetheart tie-up back that's giving me the sudden urge to scour Airbnb, grab my closest friends, and book a stay at a fancy farmhouse cottage.


    Promising review: "LOVE this dress! It’s so beautiful I got it in white and it is see through on the chest area but nothing that a bandeau or strapless bralette can't fix! Going to order it in blue and green next!" —MrsRodarte

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes S–L and three colors).

    7. A sleeveless button-up belted romper for breathable comfort that also looks polished enough for upscale brunches and birthdays.

    reviewer wearing the beige romper

    Promising review: "This romper was SUPER flattering! Honestly would never think I could buy something nice like this off Amazon. Could definitely dress this up or down. Wore it for my graduation. It was comfortable!" —Kelly

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and nine colors).

    8. A ruffly strapped midi dress, aka the answer you'll be giving in group chats when people ask you what you're wearing to all the upcoming baby and bridal showers.


    Get it from Target for $23.99 (available in sizes 1X–4X and three colors).

    9. A leopard print wrap skirt that's a) adorable with any and every top — seriously, crisp linen shirt, crop top, cardigan, you name it — and b) perfect if you're in between sizes since it has a tailorable tie-up waist.

    Reviewer wearing white leopard print wrap skirt

    Promising review: "I bought this skirt as part of an outfit to wear for my 30th birthday a bit back! This has become my FAVORITE skirt ever. So versatile! This will be perfect for whatever may come my way. Super cute and I feel sexy. Love it!" —Christina W.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and six colors).

    10. A two-piece ruffle cami and skirt ready to be all aboard at the postponed boat party you've been waiting for since early 2020. Prosecco in hand and a toast to an amazing summer ahead will pair beautifully with this.,

    Promising review: "I. Love. This. Outfit. I got so many compliments on our vacation to Puerto Rico. We spent the day doing touristy things and I was super comfortable. It’s stretchy, but fits as expected. I wore the top with white jeans and tan sandals to dinner another night. Didn’t shrink in the dryer, AND isn’t a heavy material but also isn’t see through. I’m definitely going to buy again from this company." —Pj

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes XS–L and 14 colors).

    11. A tie-front T-shirt dress if casual meets chic is your aesthetic for any outdoor endeavor. Because even though you're out and about — if pandemic fashion taught us anything — it's that comfort is *queen*.

    reviewer wearing the taupe-colored dress

    Promising review: "The go-to dress. With a nice-weight fabric and a front tie, this very comfortable T shirt dress is kicked up a notch into a decent-looking outfit. I love how I can just throw it on, add earrings and a pair of flats or heels, and I get compliments for being nicely dressed. I love the pockets! Whenever I take a trip, this easily packable dress comes with me. I bought grey and blue, and then this year I bought green. All are true to color." —PAM

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 16 colors).

    12. A deep V-neck dress considered a staple by moi for its ability to go from ~meeting the parents~ to potlucks with your BFFs all in the same dang day.

    reviewer wearing the blush tone dress with a teal and orange feather all over pattern

    Promising review: "I really loved this dress, I felt very pretty and everyone loved the dress. Wore it for a dinner cruise and I used pasties instead of a bra and everything stay in place... we dance all night long... worth it!!! Hubby loved it." —Rae

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in sizes XS–XXL and five colors).

    13. A sleeveless shoulder pad top made of strokably soft cotton that will probably hog all your attention, because there's nothing that this high-end-looking basic can't do. Brunch? Picnics? Dare I say... dinners with the in-laws? Yes. Yes. And of course, yes.,

    Promising review: "Beautiful, trendy shirt with a great, stretchy material. I love this purchase. I wanted a bit of an oversized fit so I sized up. You can’t beat the price and it shipped quickly." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 10 colors).

    14. A tailored pair of split hem pants since "occasionwear" probably hasn't been in your fashion vernacular in... what feels like, 87 years. Basically, you're gonna want to add these to your want list if you're due a re-up on some ~fancy pants~.

    Model wearing full teal occasionwear outfit

    Get them from Boohoo for $17.60 (originally $44; available in sizes 12–24 and three colors).

    15. A puff-sleeve top voted most likely to turn heads at every occasion you have on deck this season. Mesh ruffled sleeves, a high neck, and stretchy, not-too-tight fabric will easily make it the star of your summertime outings.

    a different reviewer wearing the same top

    Promising review: "I think this is my favorite piece of clothing I’ve ever purchased from Amazon (and I buy pieces like twice a week). It fits so nicely, and the material is so thick and sturdy." —Taylor G

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and in 26 colors and sleeve styles).

    16. A square neck jumpsuit that *gasp* ties at le back for an extra detail you can show off at your next ~aesthetic~ picnic party.


    Promising review: "Comfortable and cute. I can dress it up or down based on what shoes I wear with it. I love it" —bigcharles74

    Get it from Amazon for $25.40 (available in sizes XXS–XXL and three colors).

    17. A linen ruched neck blouse created with details that will make you feel like you're dancing on the streets of Barcelona... (or, you know, on your back patio on Tapas night.)

    model wearing the

    Get it from Nordstrom for $59 (available in sizes 1X–3X and two colors).

    18. An off-shoulder maxi dress ideal for when you have no clue what to wear to your SO's best friend's girlfriend's birthday. Throw this on with some sandals and your favorite statement earrings and you've got a sophisticated 'fit that took you zero time to piece together.

    Promising review: "I bought this dress with the intent of wearing it once to a rehearsal dinner. Little did I know I would end up wearing it ALL summer long! It is opaque, breezy, comfortable, and fit like a glove with some movement. I got endless compliments and no one could believe I found it on Amazon! I would recommend this to anyone looking for a classy, simple, long term closet sample." —SCram

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and in 19 colors).

    19. A cotton-linen dress hand-beaded with stunning "shisha" mirrors, because if compliments were a form of currency you'd be a gazillionaire thanks to this beauty. Not to mention those adjustable straps ensuring a glove-like fit.

    model wearing the green dress

    Abacaxi is a clothing brand designed by South Asian-American designer Sheena Sood. She creates stunning, ethically-minded clothing inspired by travel, vibrant hues, and the infinite beauty of nature.

    Get it from abacaxi for $350 (available in sizes XS–XL and two colors).

    20. A knot-front layered romper you won't have to worry about in windy conditions since the shorts will have you covered, and the romantic ruffles? Oh, they'll make this piece your perfect match for all warm weather activities.,

    Promising review: "This is probably my favorite romper to date! You can dress it up with heels, wedges, or make it a more casual outfit with a cute jean jacket and white sneakers." —Farzad Ezami

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in sizes S–XL and in five colors).

    21. A longline plaid jacket that proves heaven is in fact a place on Earth — and when you're visiting said place, you're going to want to do it stylishly dressed in something that's part blazer, part overcoat.

    Reviewer wearing the brown plaid coat

    Promising review: "WOW! This blazer is incredible! It is not stiff like business blazers; it is actually really soft and moves easily. I really like how it is not really heavy and won’t overheat you. It hit just below my rear. I really am happy with my purchase, and I recommend wearing this in the spring or on windy days." —Fluff

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in sizes XXS–XXL and five colors).

    22. Embroidered straight leg jeans in a simply stunning washed out blue/off-white shade that, *gets monocle out*, I believe, qualifies them as fancy jeans. AKA your black leggings are OUT and relaxed fit denim is IN.

    model wearing the off-white and brown embroidered jeans

    Promising review: "Fit amazingly. The fabric is soft and with embroidery makes them unique pair of jeans. Easy to dress up too." —Customer

    Get them from Anthropologie for $168 (available in sizes 16–24 plus, 24–32 standard, 26–33 tall, and 25–32 petite).

    23. A Bardot crop top that ties into a cutesy bow and is essentially like waving a magical wand that *poof* transforms you into a modern-day Disney princess.,

    Promising review: "In LOVE with this top! It is actually way cuter in person. I received so many compliments, and loved how comfortable it is to wear, and how it matches with many different outfits. One of my girlfriends ended up buying it after seeing me wear it." —Jules

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and colors).

    24. A satin slit midi skirt you're deemed to become fast friends with — since this compliment magnet will be in attendance at happy hours, snazzy dinner parties, and even family reunions.

    model wearing the light mint midi skirt
    Nasty Gal

    Get it from Nasty Gal for $33 (originally $60 available in sizes 0–8 and four colors).

    25. A gloriously shaggy cardigan that *checks dictionary* seems to be the definition of an outside outfit — aka it's time to toss that hoody you've been rockin' since 2020! Throw this over your favorite pair of denim with some ankle booties, and bless the world with your outstanding style, bb.

    close up of model wearing the gray shaggy parka over a white tee and distressed jeans

    Promising review: "I LOVE this jacket. It is ADORABLE. I wore it on my anniversary, and even my boyfriend complimented it. I get multiple compliments on it when we go out to dinner as well. It is extremely soft, and I want to get it in more colors!" —Emily Scherer

    Get it from Amazon for $28.98+ (available in sizes S–XL and six colors).

    26. A simply stunning, resort-inspired set featuring a tie-up top and wide leg pants that I'm (you heard it here first) going to be slipping into every single day, regardless of the occasion...

    model wearing the leaf-printed cream set
    Lucy Paris

    Lucy Paris is a woman-owned business developed by Lucy, a Parisian-born designer who is now based in California and creating intricate, fashion-forward pieces.

    Get the top for $70 and the pants for $95 both from Lucy Paris (available in sizes XS–XL).

    27. A pleated off-shoulder midi dress designed with flouncy bouncy fabric that moves with you and will never feel constricting. We predict this being your go-to uniform for weddings, summertime dates, or maybe even just to run errands in — you do you!,

    Promising review: "This dress is gorgeous!! It’s great having only 3 tiers so If you go to an outdoor event this summer you won’t get too hot. The off the shoulder truly stays put, I danced around with my arms in the air and didn’t have to worry about it slipping around my neck. It comes just above my knee. I would highly recommend this dress!" —Clothesgirl

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and eight colors).

    28. A pointelle ruffled dress that you can pull on and be out the door swiftly anytime your phone buzzes with last-minute plans that involve drinks and a rooftop.

    model wearing the cream dress

    Promising review: "Well made, not heavy and not too light, the sleeves are classy and sweet, and its comfortable and so cute!!! I think fits true to size. Definitely give it a try, its wonderful and comfortable!" —Customer

    Get it from Anthropologie for $130 (available in sizes XS–XL and two colors).

    29. A velvet cami soon to be THE "nice top" in question when your BFF texts and asks you what you're going to wear with your skinny jeans now that it's warmer out.

    A reviewer wearing the cami in pink, styled with jeans and a leather jacket

    Promising review: "This tank top is absolutely amazing, I love the material and it is very nice quality. I got the green and it is GORGEOUS in person. It's very comfortable and I can see it lasting for a long time, shipping is very fast and this is all around a great buy!" —Samantha

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 12 colors).

    30. A buttery-soft two piece destined to be worn once the sun goes down on a breezy summer night. A bonus? You can mix and match these all year long without anyone noticing.

    the chestnut colored midi pencil skirt and three quarter sleeved crop top

    Get it from Reformation for $128 (available in sizes 1X–3X).

    31. An elegant satin shirt if you're sick of drowning under bulky layers. This silky number only *looks* three-dollar-signs fancy, and the moment you slip it on? You might just be mistaken for an influencer.,

    Promising review: "Wow! I never write reviews and honestly I never got anything great on Amazon but this top is fantastic! It was inexpensive but does not look cheap, the golden color is beautiful.. I could have gone down a size but it’s fine I will be tucking in... beautiful soft blouse I’m very happy with this purchase!" —Alex Velez

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and colors).

    32. A geometric jumpsuit I currently cannot get over. From the print to the pockets to the... oh, hello, drawstring waist, I think this lovely 'fit just scored a place in the heavy rotation.

    model wearing
    Never Fully Dressed

    Never Fully Dressed is a woman-founded fashion business based in Essex, England.

    Get it from Never Fully Dressed for $150 (available in sizes 18–24 and colors).

    33. A T-shirt dress just begging to be added to your comfy cute collection. And I spy a crisscross hem, aka the kind of sophistication that pulls through when you've got somewhere to be but "nothing to wear.",

    Promising review: "I've purchased five of these dresses. They're perfect for pretty much any occasion. I've worn to parties, work, church, dates, and my nephew's graduation. Living in California means that I can wear this dress year round. Don't let the price fool you - this dress is well made, double lined, and the unhemmed finish at the bottom is interesting. Plus they are super easy to care for! Just toss in the washer/dryer. I've received so many compliments and 'where'd you get that?'" –KC

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 28 colors).

    34. And a colorful double-breasted boyfriend blazer that, once on your body, may elicit the feeling one might experience when winning the lottery — because in this, you'll look like a million bucks, baby!

    Reviewer wearing the red tartan style blazer

    Promising review: "There was nothing not to like about the jacket. It looks great, fits great, and got many compliments. Glad I got it!!" —Connie C.

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and seven colors).

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