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10 Head-Turning Summer Dresses for Hosting Your Next Party

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Design by Betsy Farrell

Whether you're hosting an intimate dinner party or a full-on soirée this summer, this season's dress styles are as striking as they are wearable. From the form-fitting body con dresses to flowing maxis, we've narrowed down the 10 most eye-catching confections for playing hostess.

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A breezy gingham dress that doesn't look like a straight-up table cloth for an outdoorsy gathering

Farrow Daytona Dress, $68; needsupply.com.

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When you want to recreate Lemonade for your next Beyoncé-themed bash (bat sold separately). 

Farrow Adealia Dress, $78; needsupply.com.

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The stereotypical floral dress for summer but chopped and screwed with asymmetrical ruffles and a deep slit (so we'd consider it groundbreaking). 

Topshop Unique Aster Ruffled Dress, $355; net-a-porter.com.

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A chic coverup for a poolside hang that's designed with a cool contrasting hemline. 

Rachel Comey Mosaic Contrast-Panel Midi Dress, $360; matchesfashion.com.

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A curve-hugging number that's especially well-suited for dancing (just watch the ruffles in motion). 

Ruffle Hem Midi-Dress, $198; jcrew.com.

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A halter-style dress for a cocktail shindig with plenty of breeze potential. 

Mara Hoffman Knot-Front Party Dress, $250; matchesfashion.com.

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An orange-print summer dress that's ideal for hosting a mimosa brunch (yes, you could say it's "on theme").

Orangerie Crepe Tie Front Dress, $378; katespade.com.

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Because highlighter pink is the best way to make an entrance at your own event. 

Frill Midi Pencil Dress, $110; topshop.com.

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A Greek-style tunic that's giving off major goddess vibes. 

Norma Kamali One-Shoulder Stretch Jersey Dress, $175; net-a-porter.com.

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Technicolor stripes for the dream party dress.

Diane von Furstenberg Aikin Dress, $223; matchesfashion.com.

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