How I Wear My: Casual Party Outfit

How I Wear My: Casual Party Outfit
Welcome to the 22nd How I Wear My!

One of the many joys of summer has to be the informal—and sometimes impromptu!—parties that happen in June, July, and August.

And because there are no hard and fast rules for summer dressing, Jill of Everything Just So and I thought we should devote August’s “How I Wear My” post to the Casual Party Outfit just to see how everyone styles their summertime look for all that fun socializing!

Jill of Everything Just So does casual chic so well for summer in white jeans and a black linen shirt. I love the addition of red to her look with the sleek cherry red clutch and lipstick.

Déjà Pseu from Une Femme d’un Certain Ậge wore this casual yet sophisticated look to a recent dinner party at a friend’s home. I love the luxury bag and gorgeous pumps mixed with jeans and a tee shirt.

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley shows us her casual party outfit choice with this beautiful patio dress. It’s her summer go-to pick for entertaining at night in the backyard. It is made of a lightweight silk, so it is  cool and the billowing skirt makes it so fun for her to wear.

The forgiving cut of the dress makes it a perfect no fuss pick for the role of hostess. Adding in her favorite bone and crystal bracelets give it the perfect finishing touch of down to earth glamour… her favorite style when entertaining at home.

Sarah of Cloud of Secrets says, “Casual party — to me that means comfort and honesty (especially if you’re joining longtime friends, as I did this weekend). But there must also be a touch of the festive, and respect for my hosts.  I’ll probably wear a fancier spin on my daily uniform.  Dark jeans on the bottom, something nice on the top, a comfortable heel or metallic flat, and some striking jewelry.”

Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb says that although not strictly a party, she wore this outfit to a hot air balloon festival where there was a definite carnival/party atmosphere! The weather in the UK has been boiling during July so head-to-toe white with pops of red definitely suited the occasion and the heat.

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo Style Files looks ready for a party in a deep blue jumpsuit/romper that Suzanne hilariously refers to as a ‘onesie’.  Comfort, style and ease all in one look.


Teresa, wife of photographer Denton Taylor bought this lovely skirt at the Manhattan Vintage Show. I love how she added the black and white statement necklace and her handbag is fantastic!

Ana of Mrs. American Made wore a jeans outfit for a cooler evening backyard barbecue at a friend’s house after work. Casual, but nothing says party like a cute little clutch.

Heather of StyleMindChic wore this sleek, black party outfit while on a recent trip to
Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. She and her husband were headed to seaside drinks and dinner at Zoetry.

She wore an off the shoulder black Culture Phit Ayden Dress, clutch and jewelry including Lizou wrap bracelet from my Stylemindchic Boutique. Tropical Paradise found for sure!

Trina of Tea Time with Trina loves to wear fun flats and a skirt for casual parties, and of course a summer hat. Don’t you love those shoes of Trina’s?


My casual party outfit was worn last weekend to a 90th birthday celebration for a neighbor friend down the street. It was warm out but not hot so I decided to wear my Banana Republic navy patio skirt with a linen blouse from J. Crew.
I built this outfit around the glitz and glamour on my ears. I wore no other jewelry except my wedding set and a watch. What else would I need with these babies on?
These drop-dead-gorgeous statement earrings were a generous gift from Tamera Beardsley, whom I had the pleasure of meeting in person recently in her fantastic home in Southern California.
She just listed them on her online shop. You can find these earrings and other luscious baubles by going here.
And she’s also got a give away going on right now to win one of these howlite bracelets featured above. Go here to find out how you can enter to win one!
Thank you to everyone who participated in HIWM this month. What a lovely group of fashionable women! Be sure to head over to Jill’s blog to see even more great casual party outfits.
Here’s what Jill and I have planned for September:
Is it just us or have you been noticing a bit of neon everywhere this summer? Day-Glo pink sneakers here, an over-the-top lime necklace there.
Doesn’t it seem like a fun challenge to find a way to wear something so bright? If your answer is yes, please join us for “How I Wear My: Neon”. Send us a picture of how you wear your neon by September 3.
xo, Adrienne



  1. August 1, 2013 / 3:49 am

    Dear Adrienne I loved seeing all of these great styles for the casual summer party! Everyone looks great!
    Thank you so much; sometimes I get in a rut wearing everything the same way!

    2013 Designer Series

    • August 1, 2013 / 7:43 am

      Doesn’t everyone look fantastic? I always love seeing what everyone is wearing for HIWM each month.

  2. August 1, 2013 / 3:52 am

    Always, always, always such a pleasure to see what all the lovely ladies in this community bring out to show us – Gorgeous, y’all! This might be my favorite showing yet even though I was too timid to submit one of my own… What’s a party?!? (Unless there are 20 screaming kids, birthday cupcakes in the shape of Elmo, and a bag full of plastic crap…)

    • August 1, 2013 / 7:44 am

      That sounds like a party to me! Maybe you’ll try out some neon before the end of August and submit a photo??

  3. August 1, 2013 / 4:20 am

    What a great topic to pick. Everyone looks great, and it does seem that a clutch can turn everything into something more festive. The statement earrings look wonderful on you too, what a nice gift.

    • August 1, 2013 / 7:46 am

      Those clutches – Jill’s and Ana’s – are such great additions to their looks.
      I am very grateful for Tamera’s generosity. She makes such lovely things. What a talent she is!

  4. August 1, 2013 / 4:49 am

    Everyone looks fabulous! Adrienne, those earrings are the perfect touch to add glamour to your simple-chic outfit.

    • August 1, 2013 / 7:55 am

      I think so, too, Deja!
      I love the way your dressed up a jeans and tee outfit. Perfect for a dinner party!

  5. August 1, 2013 / 5:24 am

    Love it all – your earrings are fabulous and i think Heather looks like she is Tabitha in bewitched! 🙂

    • August 1, 2013 / 8:01 am

      She does look like Tabitha! I really like her look…so chic.

  6. August 1, 2013 / 5:39 am

    I love that all these women on your post don’t look like so many of the “I don’t care what I look like” women at the malls. I’ve been on a sewing binge and I actually got some great ideas from your photos…plus I want to go to their blogs to check it out. Thanks, Laurel

    • August 1, 2013 / 8:02 am

      A sewing binge! How fun! That is the one thing I wish I would have taken too when my mother tried in vain to teach me when I was a teen.

      I know what you mean about the “I don’t care” women. Sometimes I am one of them, I must admit!

  7. August 1, 2013 / 5:42 am

    Fabulous, all! Lots of chic neutrals and statement pieces – a formula I love for casual parties. xoxo

    • August 1, 2013 / 8:05 am

      You’re right, Patti. Lots of accessorizing going on in the post while Jill’s is more pattern and texture focused. I think statement jewelry and great clutches and handbags are the ideal accessories for party-fying one’s outfit. Hey, I just made up an awesome word!

  8. August 1, 2013 / 6:27 am

    Adrienne your earrings are absolutely gorgeous… as are you in your chic maxi and knotted shirt!!

    The ladies all look wonderful in their party outfits -I love Heather’s elegant black outfit (beautiful!!!) and Suzanne’s onesie… though it’s really too nice to be a onesie, Suzanne!! ;))

    Thank you so much for featuring mine, I’m in great company as always!

    Catherine x

    • August 1, 2013 / 8:30 am

      Thank you for joining us, Catherine. I always love seeing what you’ve styled for HIWM.
      xo, A

  9. August 1, 2013 / 6:36 am

    Thank you for including me, Adrienne! I loooooove your drop earrings; I wish I had the bone structure to carry off exotic dramatic earrings like that!

    Déja Pseu is giving me courage to try some dark skinny jeans at long last…I even have some snakeskin kitten heels like that; I haven’t been able to work them into an outfit. Ms. American Made has a similar theory to mine, dark bootcut jeans, comfy heel, nice top — I like her idea of a trim shirt with a little belt over the jeans. Haven’t tried that yet. And I love all the festive mixed neutral ensembles.

    • August 1, 2013 / 8:55 am

      Thank you, Sarah, for participating this month. You look so great in that gorgeous green shade.

      I think Deja’s shoes are so stylish! They really make that outfit something extra special.
      And Ana’s belted top is something I would like to try, too.

      Thank you again!

  10. August 1, 2013 / 7:15 am

    Tamera looks like the quintessential hostess with the mostest! Adrienne, you look party ready in those great earrings. In fact they say “party” all by themselves. My casual party outfit is usually a classic combo with amped up accessories and cosmetics. Heavier eye makeup and more oomph in my hair. This is a great idea ladies!

    • August 1, 2013 / 11:36 am

      I know! I could have a party all by myself with those incredible earrings.
      I think accessorizing is key when dressing for a party – casual or formal!

  11. August 1, 2013 / 7:18 am

    YOu look wonderful, comfortable and glamorous – your earrings are fabulous! I love how different everyone looks – thanks for this initiative with Jill!

    • August 1, 2013 / 11:37 am

      Thank you for joining us this month. I adore your sequin skirt in navy blue and the way you styled it. Hope to see you for neon. I remember you have some yellow neon in your wardrobe, yes?

  12. August 1, 2013 / 8:05 am

    Hello Adrienne! How fun that you and Jill have done 22 of the HIWM posts. Thank you for hosting and I know it takes time and effort. 🙂 These women look gorgeous and I love being part of this fashionable group. Your navy skirt is patio party perfection and the earrings by Tamera are stunning. I love all the looks-so summery and fun!
    Happy Summertime!
    xx, Heather @ Stylemindchic

    • August 1, 2013 / 12:06 pm

      Can you believe 22 posts in 22 months! I am very proud of Jill and of myself for keeping this series alive. We are thinking about a Facebook page just for all the wonderful HIWM looks and to keep those who want to be up to date on themes and dates.

      I think everyone looks so summery too. You do summer very well. It is not my favorite season but you make it look much more appealing both with your outfits and your travel and home photos.

      Can’t wait to meet you later this month!
      xo, Adrienne

  13. August 1, 2013 / 8:43 am

    Those earrings are killing me! I LOVE them!

    Everyone really looks fabulous.

    Heather and Tamera are stand-outs for me. Classy sexy vibe.


    • August 1, 2013 / 11:45 am

      The California girls – Heather and Tamera – are both such glamorous women. I agree they both have such a sexy vibe.
      You do too! I love your “onesie” – you calling it that really made me laugh – and the way you styled it. Thank you for participating this month. Hope to see you in four weeks for Neon!

  14. August 1, 2013 / 8:56 am

    Hey my gorgeous friend! Thank you for the wonderful shout out and support! Very special thanks for wearing my earrings… they truly have never looked better! I am honored!

    Love these HIWM posts that you do! I look forward every month to this round up of stylish women and their interpretation of the chosen topic. Thank you for all the work you put into hosting this monthly event!

    I must now begin my interpretation of September’s neon… I do so enjoy these challenges you and Jill come up with!

    Thanks again for everything Adrienne!


    • August 1, 2013 / 12:04 pm

      Thank you, dear Tamera, for the wonderful gifts you gave me. I think of you whenever I see them.

      Jill and I love doing our HIWM posts. If we had the time I am sure we would do them weekly!

      I can’t wait to see what you come up with for Neon next month. I bet it will be fabulous!

      Thank you for my gorgeous baubles!
      xo, Adrienne

    • August 1, 2013 / 11:35 am

      Hi Annette!

      I think so too…so many different looks, all wonderful and original.
      I do hope you’ll join us next month. I know you have some neon in your lovely wardrobe!

  15. August 1, 2013 / 10:58 am

    Everyone looks fabulous! And I love the baubles…off to (look) shop!!

    • August 1, 2013 / 11:34 am

      I agree! Doesn’t everyone look ready for a party?
      You will love what you see at Tamera’s online boutique!

  16. August 1, 2013 / 12:14 pm

    I just love getting new ideas and I think I will copy everyone of these cute ladies. Thank you for sharing your fun and casual outfit ideas. And, Adrienne, I stopped wearing earrings many, many years ago due to some infection, but after seeing you I think I’m heading out the door right this minute to have them repierced. Seriously, those are absolutely amazing. A big thank you to both you and Tamera for the inspiration I needed to get this done.
    Thanks again for hosting a fun party.

    • August 1, 2013 / 12:17 pm

      So many inspiring looks on today’s post…I love the turn out. Thank you so much for participating. Might we see you next month for neon?

      Tamera’s gorgeous earrings are clip on so no need to get your ear re-pierced! They are surprisingly comfortable. The clips help better distribute the weight.

  17. August 1, 2013 / 2:54 pm

    Oooooh I love those earrings!!! They remind me of the ones Andalusian women wear to the feria! Going to have to check Tamera’s site out. Wonderful party outfits from all (really love Tamera’s gown). Glad you’re doing neon too – actually managed to wear it this season!

  18. August 1, 2013 / 8:28 pm

    Adrienne, I love your look and wish I had the height to wear a maxi like that, but I agree that what says party in many of our outfits is the accessories – and those earrings are amazing! Everyone looks wonderful – so many different, yet all appropriate and beautiful looks. I am always happy to be included in such great and stylish company.
    Thank you and Jill for hosting, as always.
    🙂 Ana

  19. August 2, 2013 / 9:54 pm

    Adrienne, This is the best HIWM yet! love everyone’s outfits and accessories, especially all the chic clutches. Some new bloggers on here and I am going to check them all out! A great post and I am going to try for September because I do own some neon!


  20. August 6, 2013 / 5:23 am

    Oh I love what everyone is wearing! Heather looks like super-glam blonde Elizabeth Taylor circa late 60s. I’m dying! How is it possible that I love the roundup even more every single month? XO, Jill

  21. August 7, 2013 / 8:07 am

    Anyone looks wonderful, congrats.
    I feel very much addicted (love-on-first-sight) to Mrs. Teresa’s handbag.
    Would it be possible to “dig out” the bag brand, pretty please?
    Love you blog so much, although it is my very first post.
    xx Livia

  22. August 7, 2013 / 10:27 am

    Hi Livia, Teresa is wearing a classic Dooney and Bourke All Weather Leather bag from the 1990s. The style, depending on who you ask, is either an Essex Carrier or an Essex Top Handle. imo it is Dooney’s most elegant bag, and being fairly large, is also practical for today’s needs. There are not that many around because I suspect it was one of Dooney’s most expensive bags back in the day but if you pay attention to ebay, etsy, and bonanza you’ll see them from time to time. Depending on condition they run around $100. Teresa has it in four colors (it also comes in two sizes, one slightly larger than the other). She has photos of her collection where you can examine the bag in more detail here:

  23. August 8, 2013 / 12:19 pm

    Hi, Denton! Oh, I am sooo grateful for your elaborate and quick answer – to be sincere, I almost did not expect the answer but thought there was nothing to lose asking… Should I ask that I carefully studied Teresa’s collection which is really adorable and beautiful. Of course, I am on hunt for the bag – one of the most beautiful bags I would carry with much love and I really feel that bag “is me”. Big thanks again, all congrats to your stylish life (envy is not a nice feeling, but sometimes…cannot be avoided :-); saying it as a compliment, of course. Thanks to our dear host Adrienne, who enabled communication, very helpful to me.
    Best, Livia

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