"Country Club Casual" appears as the dress code guidance in more invitations today than ever before. But figuring out exactly what that means can be a challenge.


For a cool-weather answer to the question, "What does Country Club Casual Mean?" writer Karin Greenberg turned to fashion expert Rhoda Kregsman, owner of Mazarro, Ltd. a women's clothing store in Huntington, New York. Kregsman suggested great fashion looks for Fall.

Readers wrote in that they'd love the same types of suggestions for Spring and Summer. So here, based on Kregsman's expert advice, are lots of ideas on how to put together wardrobe pieces and all types of accessories, to look "Country Club Casual" cool—yet elegant— for your warm-weather gatherings and special occasion events!


Just Cavalli Cheetah Print Tie Front Chiffon BlouseWHAT GOES ON TOP?

As Rhoda Kregsman pointed out, the not-too-dressy, not-too-casual party look is easy to achieve, if you focus on general style trends and make them your own. Here's a round-up of top tops this season:

  • Stand-out designs:—Choose a beautiful, unusual blouse. Try one with exotic prints, abstract patterns, or vibrant colors.
  • Feminine blouses:—The romantic look is in, particularly in blouses. Opt for a sheer or silk blouse with ruffles, bows, or puffed sleeves.
  • Beautifully styled jackets:—A key component of any dressy-yet-casual look is a well styled jacket. Shaped or belted jackets or cardigan sweaters are fashionable right now and very versatile.