What to Wear to Summer Soirées

After what felt like an interminable winter, it’s finally summertime in New York! With temperatures on the rise, and with social calendars becoming filled at a rapid pace, many women are faced with the age-old question: What to wear? Thankfully, Rochelle Gores Fredston, owner of ARCADE Boutique in West Hollywood, is here to solve your most vexing sartorial struggles. Located on Melrose Avenue — a veritable haven for the chic and stylish — carries an array of designs, from everyday casual wear to cocktail attire. With a designer list including Preen, Yigal Azrouel, Doo.Ri and Barbara Bui, and many others, ARCADE has cultivated quite a following among celebrities and stylists alike; Ali Larter, Cindy Crawford, Hillary Duff, Olivia Wilde, Audrina Patridge, Kelly Rutherford, Kristin Cavallari, Ke$ha, Rashida Jones and Nicky Hilton are among the boutique’s high-profile fans. Without further ado, here are some of Rochelle’s favorite items for the sunny season:

What to Wear to a Barbecue:

“A summer barbecue is an event where practically anything goes. If you feel like dressing up, this Maria floral dress by Preen is an excellent option, especially when paired with these Jerome C. Rousseau wedges. If you’d rather dress down, Arcade Label’s Georgette silk pocket tee packs a pop of color and looks great with cutoffs (these are from Black Orchid, and they are a versatile wardrobe essential). Finish off either of these outfits with Sedgwick’s Georgia chain bag in taupe, which was just named ‘the new It-accessory to tote around’ by Refinery29.”

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What to Wear to a Summer Wedding:

“For a summer wedding, you can go a little more casual. Opt for something light and feminine, like this Rebecca Minkoff Rumi dress, which looks great with a Fallon leather and pearl choker. Another option is this strapless Rebecca Taylor snake print dress, which is effortlessly stylish yet comfortable. Wear it with a Rebecca Minkoff linen clutch.”

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What to Wear to a Pool Party:

“One of the hottest swimsuits in the boutique is this super-flattering one-piece by Lenny. Because the top is adjustable (via the gold rings that adorn the straps), it suits virtually every body type, and it’s sexy without showing too much skin. Furthermore, the rouching in the center of the suit creates a slimming effect, which is an added bonus! This suit looks adorable and on-trend when paired with a Riller & Fount maxi skirt.

Arcade Label’s exclusive scarf is a multi-functional item; in addition to serving as a scarf (which is a must-have on chilly summer evenings), it can also work as a sarong or cover-up. Plus, it’s so incredibly soft, you won’t want to take it off! Lastly, tote your towel and sunscreen in style with this Snake Tote by Romy Gold, which pairs nicely with any summer ensemble.”

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