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.
A breezy gingham dress that doesn't look like a straight-up table cloth for an outdoorsy gathering
Farrow Daytona Dress, $68; needsupply.com.
When you want to recreate Lemonade for your next Beyoncé-themed bash (bat sold separately).
Farrow Adealia Dress, $78; needsupply.com.
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.
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.
A curve-hugging number that's especially well-suited for dancing (just watch the ruffles in motion).
Ruffle Hem Midi-Dress, $198; jcrew.com.
A halter-style dress for a cocktail shindig with plenty of breeze potential.
Mara Hoffman Knot-Front Party Dress, $250; matchesfashion.com.
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.
Because highlighter pink is the best way to make an entrance at your own event.
Frill Midi Pencil Dress, $110; topshop.com.
A Greek-style tunic that's giving off major goddess vibes.
Norma Kamali One-Shoulder Stretch Jersey Dress, $175; net-a-porter.com.
Technicolor stripes for the dream party dress.
Diane von Furstenberg Aikin Dress, $223; matchesfashion.com.