Midtown Cocktail Week: Fashion Ideas

By the Editors

Has the wedding season and/or vacations exhausted your summer wardrobe? Have nothing to wear to the MCW 2012 events? Well, we’ve combed Sacramento’s local boutiques (and some of our favorite online stores) to find fun fashions to wrap up the summer.

Disclaimer – Most of the looks we chose were dresses – by far the easiest thing to wear in Sacramento’s heat!

Prohibition/Speakeasy Attire

Heading to the Vote Cockspur! at the Grange? Then don your roaring 20’s apparel – think art deco and Great Gatsby:

  • White/Lace Dress, $64 (Heart Boutique, 1903 Capitol Avenue)
  • Orange dress ($280) and Shrug ($130) (Felicia Strati, 1901 Capitol Avenue)
  • Art Deco Sequined Dress, $378 (BCBG) (Online or at the Roseville Galleria)
  • Vintage/Sparkly Dress, $38 (Krazy Mary’s, 3230 Folsom Blvd)
  • Neutral Dress with Pleats, $109 (LadyBuggz, 1903B Capitol Avenue)
  • Jane Tran Headpiece, $105 (Madam Butterfly, 500 Pavilions Lane)

Cocktail Attire

Attending Jigger & Spoon – A Cocktail Illuminati or Punched out at the Governor’s Mansion? From LBDs to bright/bold colors, strut your stuff with short and flirty dresses:

  • Short LBD with Rouching, $149 (FaceIt Salon, 1122 19th Street)
  • Purple Peep Dress, Herve Leger, $150 ($1450 retail), (RentTheRunway.com)
  • Contrast Bandage Dress, $32.80 (Forever 21 – online or at the Arden Fair Mall)
  • Neon Nightlife Dress, Sachin + Babi, $75 ($395 retail) (RentTheRunway.com)
  • Pink Haute Hippie Dress (also avail in Navy), $446 (Madam Butterfly, 500 Pavilions Lane)
  • Neutral Hi-Lo Dress, $320 (Felicia Strati, 1901 Capitol Avenue)
  • Blue Peplum Dress (Plus Sizes), $28 (Curvie B – online but based in Sacramento)
  • Royal Transformer Dress, $50 (FaceIt Salon, 1122 19th Street)

Summer Cute/Casual Attire

And just because it’s 102 in the shade, doesn’t mean we can’t look cute for any of the following casual events:

Here are GOTG’s picks for cute pieces that will survive Sacramento’s scorching heat:
  • Juicy Couture Striped Dress, $59 (French Cuffs, 2527 J Street)
  • Blue Floral Mini (Plus Sizes), $28 (Curvie B – online but based in Sacramento)
  • Funky Print Hi-Lo Dress, $174 (Krazy Mary’s, 3230 Folsom Blvd)
  • Coral Top ($34) and Aztec Pants ($36) (Sugar Shack, 2425 J Street)
  • Yellow/Striped Maxi Dress, $49 (Heart Boutique, 1903 Capitol Avenue)

Pool Party Attire

Similar to “summer cute,” flowing dresses and breathable fabrics are a must for Faces’ Classic Summer Cocktails – All Hands on Deck party (and don’t forget your sunscreen!):

  • Magenta Tulip Dress, $58  (FaceIt Salon, 1122 19th Street)
  • Twelve Street by Cynthia Vincent Yellow Dress $385 (Madam Butterfly, 500 Pavilions Lane)
  • Remain Belted Maxi Dress (Plus Sizes), $98 (Nordstrom’s – online or at the Arden Fair Mall)
  • Rainbow Halter Dress, $130 (Krazy Mary’s, 3230 Folsom Blvd)
  • Maxi Dress, $46 (Sugar Shack, 2425 J Street)
  • Eyelet Blouse, $59 (Urban Outfitters – online or at the Arden Fair Mall)
  • Peep Front Linen Short, On sale! $29 (Urban Outfitters – online or at the Arden Fair Mall) (multiple colors)

Southern Attire

And lastly, the Southern Soiree at Golden Bear is all about preppy and feminine styles – anything madras, seersucker, eyelet or nautical will work just fine:

  • Patchwork Madras Dress, On sale! $142.99 (Vineyard Vines)
  • Seersucker Boat Shoes, $90 (Sperry)
  • Straw Hat, $8.50 (French Cuffs, 2527 J Street)
  • BDG Sailor Short, $49 (Urban Outfitters – online or at the Arden Fair Mall) (multiple colors)
  • Esmeralda Dress, $164 (Lilly Pulitzer)

Hope that helps – and hope everyone has a fun and safe time!

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