By Raquel Parks

Summer in the D is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with one of the most anticipated events in the city?  Mark the date, pick out your best attire, and pace your appetite for the Best Of Detroit Party 2013.

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The Best Of Detroit Party typically draws a large crowd, wearing a mixture of styles and looks. Although the event is formal, it is also laid back. To create a best dressed look, here are a few helpful hints to keep in mind.

First and foremost, comfort is important at the Best Of Detroit Party. The ensemble should be fashionable yet also be able to endure an evening of eating fine cuisine, mingling, and dancing.

A classic choice to wear for the event is a cocktail dress.  Cocktail dresses are easy to accessorize and come in a variety of styles to match any fashionista’s preference. A cocktail dress with a light fabric such as chiffon or lace will ensure easy movement.

Another helpful hint to getting ready for this event is to not be afraid of change. Formal wear does not have to be typical or expected. A fashionista’s look should cater to each event she attends and still reflect her personal style.

Be different and daring. The Best Of Detroit Party is one of the first events of the summer so embrace the season’s biggest trends for inspiration. This year, the black and white color combo is a major trend.

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Therefore a black and white outfit would be very appropriate for this occasion. For example, a pair of black pants with a white peplum blazer and a pair of killer stilettos would be sophisticated.

The other summer trends that are worth trying for the event are cut-outs and sheer-fabrics. Sheer fabrics and cut-outs can be chic, edgy, and are light for the summer.

Remember, however, balance is the key to wearing the trends well. To achieve these looks, pick subtle cut-outs or sheer ensembles. The goal is to not expose too much skin.

Lastly, accessorize the look with expressive summer statement jewelry and shoes. For instance, if the ensemble is black and white, make sure the jewelry is intriguing enough to add contrast. Essentially, use accessories as a way to add that final glam touch.

There are local boutiques and stores to shop at to help pull the entire look together. Paulina bh in Birmingham is an ideal place to shop if a fashionista is opting for an ultra-formal dress. Also, Stella in Royal Oak is a one-stop shop for accessories, a diverse range of dresses and pieces to wear for the event.

The Hour Detroit’s Best Of Party 2013 will be held Friday, June 21, at the MotorCity Casino Hotel’s Sound Board. There are a variety of ticket packages to choose from to experience the event. To purchase tickets, visit Ticketmaster.

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Raquel is a Michigan native with a Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Michigan. She loves fashion and writing about life’s everyday stories. She has written for various local publications that include Dearborn Press & Guide and Detroit Fashion Pages. Raquel also writes for her own local events blog, Metro Diva Pages. You can visit Raquel’s blog at and follow her on Twitter @MetroDivaPages.