What to Wear: July 4th Cookout

July 4th is just a day away and if you plan to go BBQ-hopping in these hot temps, you’ll want a ‘fit that’s cute, cool and comfy. Our recommendation? You can’t ever go wrong with a maxi dress. It’s a quick and easy way to look stylish without being completely over-dressed for a summertime cookout.

If you plan to be outside for an extended period of time, remember to keep your accessories minimal. There’s nothing worse than roasting in the sun with a huge statement necklace around your neck.

Check out this budget-friendly look that perfect for a backyard barbeque — and under $140:

What to Wear: July 4th Cookout

TOTAL OUTFIT PRICE = $130.21

Where to Shop: 1Loveappella Colorblock Tonal Maxi Dress, $49.99, piperlime.com; 2ASOS Square Hoop Earrrings, $8.29, asos.com; 3Rhinestone Ring Set, $3.80, forever21.com; 4Faux Croco Hinge Bracelet, $8.80, forever21.com; 5SM Suede Crossbody, $32.80, forever21.com; 6ASOS FIELD TRIP Canvas Two Part Gladiator Sandals, $26.51, asos.com

Diffusion Lines to Get Excited About: Tracy Reese for Anthropologie

Tracy Reese for Anthropologie's "Made in Kind"

Tracy Reese for Anthropologie’s “Made in Kind”

Designer Tracy Reese is best known for her feminine frocks — go-to pieces for weddings, garden parties, downtown soirees and just about everything in between. Her clothes are the perfect mix of fashion and function incorporating flirty prints and classic silhouettes with a touch of trend.

Reese has teamed up with Anthropologie for a seven-piece capsule collection. It consists of dresses only and was inspired by botanical photography and artist Freida Kahlo. “In every collection, I try to create dresses that suit different personalities and body types,” Reese mentioned on the retailer’s Web site, “so that women everywhere can find something that suits them — and this collection is no different.”

The line is part of the retailer’s “Made in Kind” series, which features designs from Byron Lars, Karen Walker and Gregory Parkinson, and is available exclusively on Anthropologie.com. Prices for Tracy Reese’s collection range from $248 to $298.

Check out photos of  the seven-piece dress line below:  

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Peplum Tops We Love

Peplum tops are a trend that’s gaining steam this spring. The perfectly prim blouses offer a classic silhouette made new again with bright hues, fun prints and lots of texture (we recently spotted Gwen Stefani, Kate Middleton and Michelle Obama in peplum looks to die for).

It’s also a versatile piece that you can wear in more casual settings with tailored shorts or boyfriend jeans. Or you can dress it up for a swanky affair by pairing it with a pencil skirt to give the illusion of a cocktail dress.

Check out our top peplum picks — all for under $100:

Where to Shop (from top left)Peplum Blouse, $44.99, mango.com; Ochre Vines Peplum Blouse, $68, anthropologie.com; ASOS Peplum Top With Net Detail, $54.54, asos.com; American Rag Top Strapless Sweetheart Animal Print Peplum, $39, macys.com; All About Top, $37.99, modcloth.com; Pintuck Peplum Blouse, $68, anthropologie.com; Petal Peplum Top, $44, piperlime.com; Lauren Jeans Co. Corianne Ruffle Cotton Wrap Blouse, $89.50, lordandtaylor.com; Peplum Top in Floral Lace, $50.60, asos.com

LWDs (Little White Dresses) We Love

LWDs (or little white dresses) are definitely a spring/summer wardrobe staple. Much like the LBD, it’s a fail-proof piece that can take you from day to evening with a simple swap of shoes and accessories.

They also seem to be a celebrity favorite for high-profile events. How can you not notice a fabulously dressed woman rocking a crisp white dress standing on the red carpet? If you don’t already own one or two, now is the time stock up your wardrobe. You want to be ready for the flood of invites to outdoor brunches with the girls and sunset cocktail parties that require you look you’re most stylish.

Check out our round-up of super cute LWDs — that can be worn to work, for a date night or to run weekend errands — all for under $100.

Little White Dresses

Where to Shop (from top left): T by Alexander Wang Formfitting Tank Dress, $97, bergdorfgoodman.com; Linen Dress, $89.99, mango.com; Crochet Lace Short Sleeve Dress, $98, loft.com; Tulle Lace Exposed Zipper Dress, $69, piperlime.com; Rare Belted Skater Dress With Cut Out, $58.17, asos.com; Fit and Flair Dress With Crochet Waist Band, $69.08, asos.com; byCorpus Mesh Tank Dress, $29.99, urbanoutfitters.com; Pintucked Shirt Dress, $59.95, gap.com; Eight Sixty Women’s Sleeveless Dress, $84, amazon.com