I'm Already Planning My Summer Party Outfits, and They Look Like This

Out of all the fashion-based dilemmas in life, what to wear to a party has got to be one of the most difficult, as so many factors come into play. From how fancy or dressed-down to be, as well as working out which shoes won't give you blisters seconds after you leave the house, it's a veritable minefield of environmental and aesthetic hazards.

As a self-confessed planner (yes, I'm one of those people who decide their outfit the night before), I've already been scouting out key pieces to wear to parties this summer. If you think this feels a little premature (valid), I'd argue that it's better to get on it now, because you run less risk of panic-buying an & Other Stories dress in June. (You know, the ones that you've seen on five other girls on Instagram? Just saying.)

My four outfits have largely been formed around one key piece—be it a bright skirt or distinctive dress—and have been paired with complementary (but not limelight-stealing) accessories. When it comes to event dressing, my mantra is very much "less is more," and this season, I'm enjoying balancing pops of lime green or powder blue with more muted tones such as brown and black.

So if you're on the hunt for a summer-ready party outfit, feel free to take inspiration from my ensembles: Whether you're going for cocktails or attending a garden party, there'll be a look for you. Scroll down to see my full edit.