6 Summer Party Looks for Every Type of Celebration

A wedding isn't the only summer party you'll attend this season. From white parties and pool parties to casual clambakes on the beach, you probably have a social calendar that's bursting at the seams—and it's putting a strain on your wardrobe, too. Luckily, here are some ideas for looking fresh using clothing, accessories, and jewelry:

1. The White Party

Choosing an outfit for a monochromatic summer party seems simple enough. However, the challenge lies in selecting accessories that will set you apart from the white-wearing crowd. That crisp white sundress will make your bronzed summer skin glow, so accessorize with something that will do the same, such as two or three rose gold necklaces carefully layered on top of one another. The rosy hue looks lovely against sun-kissed skin.

2. The Nautical Party

Whether on a boat, at the yacht club, or just on the beach, a nautical-themed affair calls for New England-style prep with some seaworthy flair. Avoid taking the theme too literally by skipping anything with an anchor print and replacing it with classic Breton stripes paired with fanciful star-shaped earrings.

3. The Pool Party

How do you accessorize a bikini without looking overly done? Keep it simple. A delicate chain with a subtle diamond resting on your clavicle will sparkle in the sun without interfering with your poolside fun. The classic piece will look perfect whether you're sipping cocktails in your cover-up or holding court from a larger-than-life flamingo float.

4. The Clambake

Clams, lobsters, or portobellos—it doesn't really matter what you're roasting. If it's on the beach, it calls for something comfortable yet chic. Try a long bohemian-style dress with a loose braid and dress it up a bit with a bold bracelet. Or, set off that wavy beach hair with a sparkling set of diamond studs.

5. The Tropical Party

Heat up your look with bold floral prints, whether worn on a killer cocktail dress or a strappy tank paired with jeans. Keep the jewelry fairly minimal when the rest of your look is bold. A few stacked rings on your right hand should give you plenty of sparkle for the night.

6. The Kid's Birthday Bash

Jump castles, silly string, and—gasp!—is that a clown? Whether it's your own child's birthday or you're doing your duty for a friend, you may find yourself at a child's birthday party this summer. However, that doesn't mean you should phone it in when it comes to getting dressed. You have to set a good example for the kiddos, right? Choose a look that's fun yet flattering, such as cutoffs and a loose linen tank with a pair of hoops and colorful sandals. You never know when you'll find yourself taking a turn in the jump castle.

Don't stress about your summer parties—with the right clothes and accessories, you'll be the finest fashionista in the crowd!