Celebration season is upon us. With The Taste of the Vineyard Gourmet Stroll on June 14, The Island’s summer social season will take off into a whirlwind of fundraisers, galas, and garden parties.
And weddings are already adding another splash of summer color to Vineyard landscapes from Oak Bluffs to Aquinnah. Now’s the time to add a new party dress (or two) to your wardrobe.
The key ingredients for a Vineyard festive frock are comfort and individuality. You’ll really shine in these party dresses from local stores, all of which will look great with flats — or even flip flops! — as you navigate the tricky terrain of an outdoor gala.
Midnight Farm’s collection truly defines the Vineyard boho sensibility — in everything from furniture and housewares, to clothing and accessories. The Vineyard Haven store’s collection of statement dresses will suit any occasion from casual to elegant. For an evening affair, this Gold Hawk sequined cocktail dress has a bit of a flapper feel and a tease of sparkle. Silk lined. $300
“The quintessential garden party dress” is how owner Tamara Weiss describes this Tracy Reese dyed lace floral frock. A dramatic punch of color is delivered in a very feminine silhouette. $298.
Suka in Edgartown carries a great selection of fun, affordable pieces that can go from daytime to dressy. This very versatile sheer top with an antique lace look will dress up a casual look or can instantly add romance and elegance to any LBD (little black dress). Vintage Havana $58. The asymmetrical flounce on this Patrons of Peace skirt gives a country blue flower look a flirtatious finish. $52. Navy blue lace tank (underneath), M. Rena, $28.
Tie-dye has grown up and this floor-length cotton tiered dress with lace insets proves it. Accessorized, this is the perfect look for a yacht club party or, thrown on with flip-flops, it will make a splash around town. Fully lined. Charlotte Tarantola, $148. Long lacy scarf, Subtle Luxury, $69.
The Great Put-On in Edgartown is the place to go for statement pieces that combine Vineyard laid back with cosmopolitan cutting edge. This eye-grabbing full-length rainbow dress looks like it morphed from a frame at the MOMA, but its slinky silhouette is pure comfort. Graham & Spencer, $298.
This sheer, lemon chiffon strapless silk dress has a subtle pattern and a fishtail side train for a look that’s sweet and innocent with a mischievous streak. Perfect for any midsummer night’s dream. Robert Rodriguez, $375.
Katydid’s striking selection of summertime prints define the Edgartown look. These colorful, comfortable looks, from this quaint Edgartown store, can all do double duty for lunch with the girls or cocktails and dancing at the Daniel Fisher House.
Aqua rose cotton-lined Hawaiian dress, Tori Richard, $135. Mustard floral cotton-lined tunic sheath, Lesley Evers, $185. Navy blue and white strapless dress, Escapada, $69. Aqua coral print silk spaghetti strap dress, Nell Couture, $184 (all come in other colors and/or patterns).
Laughing Bear in Oak Bluffs is party dress central with an emphasis on playful and romantic. “I always love to celebrate…something,” says owner Annie Schwenk.
These two dresses by Komarov are made of a wrinkle-free fabric with a figure-friendly crinkle finish. Perfect for traveling wedding guests, they are available in a range of flattering silhouettes and unique prints.
Pink Bittersweet Poppy dress, $298. Pink sheer scarf, Top it Off, $24. Colors of the Vineyard purple and green Mardi Gras dress with slip, $320. Coordinating scarf, also by Komarov, $89.