Summer’s dress code? A flared silhouette to flatter all shapes (and budgets!).
Stones layered with crystals turn a casual day dress into a “Let’s go out!” kind of outfit.To buy: $75, piperlime.com.
Eva Mendes for New York & Company Dress
Blue embroidery wakes up classic white eyelet.To buy: $85, nyandcompany.com.
Add dimension and glitz to a pared-down outfit with a chunky faceted-crystal necklace.To buy: $89.50, anntaylor.com.Tess Dress
This garden party–pretty eyelet handles all sorts of summer events (non-events, too).To buy: $120, tessdress.com. Enter the code simple20 to receive 20 percent off sitewide.Aldo Sandals
Gold sheen steps up the glam quotient in basic flat sandals.To buy: $45, aldoshoes.com for info.
Yellow stones add unexpected pop to crystal earrings.To buy: $18, theposhlet.com for info.Ann Taylor Dress
Designed with a tailored panel in the middle, this sunny shift offers a flattering, fitted look that’s rare in a drop-waist.To buy: $149, anntaylor.com.Zara Heels
Balance a whimsical pattern with simple nude sandals.To buy: $60, zara.com.
Who says studs have to be round? These sleek bars update any outfit. And in a rose-gold tint, they’ll pair with everything.To buy: $60, cuyana.com. (Go to cuyana.com/realsimple to see other items in Cuyana’s new six-piece capsule collection with Real Simple.)Stop Staring! Dress
With a structured bodice and a retro floral print, this frock is full of vintage appeal, right down to the hourglass shape that it creates.To buy: $178, 877-627-1480.
Matchy-matchy is the way to go when you want an outfit of similarly shaded patterns and jewels to stand out in a crowd.To buy: $28, robertachiarella.com.C. Luce Dress
The beading and the embroidery make this simple white cotton-blend summer dress a textural treat.To buy: $89, piperlime.com.
Zippers add a dash of edge to a sweet, ice skater–style floral.To buy: $114.50, asos.com.La Sera by Franchi Clutch
This slim frame clutch has just the right amount of space for your phone, cards, lipstick, and keys.To buy: $95, S&T Famous Bags, 718-375-2000.Mia Shoes
An ankle-strap stiletto looks twice as nice in two-tone faux leather.To buy: $50, miashoes.com.
A solid-color dress acts as a blank canvas for fabulous accessories, like this glittering statement necklace.To buy: $50, zara.com for stores.
W118 by Walter Baker Dress
Keep your cool this summer by switching out your LBD for an equally versatile LWD.To buy: $198, walterbaker.com.
Mirrored metallic slingbacks are a strong complement to sparkly jewelry.To buy: $81, bodenusa.com.