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Summer is finally here, which means it’s party season! Do you have formal events such as a wedding or black-tie party to attend? It can be a struggle deciding what to wear. These four options will give you some ideas when you get your next invitation.

What is a formal event? The term can be loosely used so it really depends on the organizer. Always check with your host about what is expected regarding dress code. If it is a black-tie event, a gown would be appropriate. A cocktail party might require something shorter.

Ali & Jay Dress, Steve Madden Heels, Sparkly Fix Necklace

For a black-tie event, lean towards a long and elegant gown as shown below. This black maxi dress is glamorous and sexy at the same time. The cascading hi-lo hemline creates movement as you walk and the subtle cutout details enhance the midriff.

Come Shop With Love Dress, ALDO Clutch, Steve Madden Heels

At a cocktail party you can have fun with color and wear something vibrant. This little red number has a gorgeous scalloped, open back with a flirty, flare swing.

Chicwish Dress, Ivanka Trump Heels

Weddings or summery formal events call for midi dresses. The longer length makes a statement without being overly formal. Bold prints pop in summer and the rose pattern below is feminine and oh so chic.

Adelyn Rae Dress, Steve Madden Heels

Finally, you can never go wrong with a classic shift dress. I’m obsessed with this one and love the gorgeous pink ombre lace.