5 Easy Best of Philly Party Outfits

The hottest maxis, minis and jumpsuits to wear to the biggest party of the year.

Dressing for events is a skill that requires a well-trained eye, years of practice and an abundance of finesse — or an “oh-my-gosh-it’s-a-week-until-Best-of-Philly-and-I-still-have-no-idea-what-to-wear” attitude. Either way, this year’s Best of Philly Soirée is fast approaching (coming to Dilworth Plaza on Thursday, August 4th!) and it’s outfit crunch time.

No matter what camp you’re in (BOP veteran or first-year novice), we could all use a little style inspiration to make sure that our Best of Philly party outfits are up to snuff. Read on to discover what we’d love to see someone show up in and if you still need some advice, take a look at this list of do’s and don’ts from last year to get you on the right track. See you there?

Want the look of a dress and the functionality of shorts? Look no further than this Alexis embroidered lace romper ($570, Intermix). Add even more texture with studded leather oxfords by Givenchy ($1,175) – a mega-splurge, but you’ll wear them through the fall – and a lot of color with this rainbow tassel clutch by Christophe Sauvat ($245).

This Jay Godfrey wide-leg jumpsuit ($495, Intermix) is perfect because it a) is loose enough to keep you cool on these sticky summer nights and b) will totally hide your food baby after too many beers. Keep grass stains off your pants with pastel platforms ($55, Aldo) and the sun out of your eyes with Fendi cat-eye sunglasses ($505, Bloomingdale’s).

Channel the vintage garden party of your dreams in this lighweight, off-the-shoulder maxi dress from Topshop ($90). The key to pulling off a maxi dress is to make sure the number isn’t too formal but also not too schleppy. (Hint: Avoid jersey at all costs.) Top it off with a jeweled suede choker from Aldo ($18) and nude sandals — these are basically wedges, which provide optimum support on iffy surfaces — from Stuart Weitzman ($228).

For those who are tempted to grab a bandage dress, please, please, please put down the Hervé Leger and pick up this graphic embellished number ($210, Topshop) instead. You get all of the sexiness (super-short hemline and sheer cutouts), but with major hip factor (textural beading and sculptural patterns). Keep the rest of your look simple with lace up block heels ($398, Stuart Weitzman) and a metallic clutch ($565).

Embrace the last few weeks of summer in bright colors and graphic eyeliner ($22, Sephora). This bubblegum Halston Heritage midi dress ($426, Net a Porter) and minimal tangerine sandals ($398, Neiman Marcus) reminds us of a summer sunset.

We can’t wait to see you (and your totally-not-last-minute outfit) there! You can buy tickets for you and your stylish crew here.