When it comes to preparing to attend a formal event in the summer, figuring out the perfect outfit to wear that is both stylish and comfortable can be tricky. Often, when we think of dressing up for an event, we expect to be uncomfortable in some way.
Fortunately, with a little bit of pre-planning and some creativity, you can easily build a formal look that is conducive to the warm weather, while also being appropriate for the occasion.
If you’re trying to put together the perfect look for your next formal event, look no further. Below are a few tried and true tips for styling the ultimate formal outfit for summer!
Start With Your Foundation
Before you put on the outfit itself, you need to pick out the appropriate undergarments for your ensemble. For just about anything that you could choose to wear to a formal event, smoothing shapewear is a great place to start when building your look. Shapewear can help smooth out your figure, while also keeping you feeling secure and comfortable in any outfit.
Pair your shapewear with the proper bra and underwear under your dressed up outfit—likely in a color that matches your skin tone—and the base of your look will be complete. Be sure to select underarments that fit you properly and won’t create any visible seam lines underneath your clothing, as this can take away from the beauty of your look.
Pick Something That is Lightweight
Similar to most events that take place during the summer, it’s important to make sure that you’re appropriately dressed for the heat. This means wearing light and airy fabrics like cotton and linen to keep you from getting overheated.
In the case of a formal event, opting for a flowy cotton dress, linen jumpsuit, or linen pants is a simple, yet effective way to elevate your look while also keeping your body cool.
Keep in mind that you don’t want to look completely shapeless in whatever you choose to wear. With any loose, flowy piece you go for, try balancing it out with something that shows off your figure. For example, if you opt for a pair of wide-leg pants, try wearing a slightly more fitted crop top to create an interesting silhouette. The same goes for a light and flowy dress: try cinching in your waist with a belt, or going for a shorter dress that shows off your legs to highlight your best features.
Try An Effortless Updo
An updo hairstyle is known to accompany many formal looks. This commonality will come in handy when you are preparing for a formal summer event. Take advantage of the opportunity to sport a hairstyle that is as simple or intricate as you like, so long as your hair is swept up off your neck and shoulders.
Not only will wearing your hair up help keep you cooled down, but it will also help to show off the details of your outfit. Whether you’re wearing something strappy, a dress with a modest neckline, or a piece with intricate details, you’ll be able to show off these features much easier with a stylish updo!
Putting together your look for a formal summer event doesn’t have to be complicated. Try following a few of our tips for your next big occasion and enjoy feeling comfortable and confident!
*Photos by Sam Lion