If you’re headed to Venice for a housewarming party or Malibu for a deck BBQ, you know it’s all about layering and wearing something that will look great at dusk—and keep you warm by night. Thankfully, we've got some indispensable styling tips and loads of stellar outfit inspiration for dressing up a cool summer evening. Just throw on your fave skinny jeans in a classic blue wash, and layer on a linen jacket in the season’s hottest—or, more accurately, coolest—hue: neutral. A pair of kick-ass heels, a bright clutch, and a no-fuss topknot will round the look out brilliantly. Now, all you have to do is pick up a glass of prosecco or a homemade mojito, and your style will be as smooth and easy as your summer vibe.
Essential #1: Skinny jeans—This closet staple isn’t going anywhere for summer. We love the mid-blue hue of these Paige jeans.
Skyline Skinny Jeans, $199, available at Paige Premium Denim, 116 North Robertson Boulevard (at Beverly Boulevard); 310-360-9888.
Essential #2: Neutral jacket—A breezy jacket in a khaki color is the ultimate way to top off any outfit this season.
Linen Career Jacket, $30, available at Forever21, 6801 Hollywood Boulevard (at Cherokee Avenue); 323-462-8500.
Essential #3: Red clutch—Get the look of a Céline clutch at a fraction of the price with this lovely Clare Vivier number. It’s big enough to hold everything you need and nothing you don’t.
Clare Vivier Flat Clutch, $139, available at Vivier and Bentley, 1404 Micheltorena Street (at Sunset Boulevard); 323-665-2476.
Essential #4: Spiral hairpin—Want a top-notch topknot? We highly recommend you check out these nifty Spin Pins for a cheap hair fix!
Goody Spin Pin, $6, available at Target, 7100 Santa Monica Boulevard (at La Brea Avenue); 323-603-0004.
Essential #5: Raffia sandals—This summer, add a little spring to your step with a heel made in a natural material.
Boches Sandals, $100, available at Aldo, 6801 Hollywood Boulevard (at Cherokee Avenue); 323-465-0100.
Photos by Claire Thomas