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How to Host a Backyard BBQ, the Gwyneth Paltrow Way

There ain’t no party like a Gwyneth Paltrow party.

Last Friday in the Hamptons, the A-lister co-hosted a Goop x Net-a-Porter event (alongside the online retailer’s president Alison Loehnis), which was the chicest barbeque you’ll ever lay your eyes on (thanks to its designer Oren Cove Productions). The kicker? It was in her own backyard.

There were tarot card readings, a surprise dance troupe and, most importantly, a custom tequila bar (so, pretty much your standard summer bbq, no?). The guest list included major style stars like model Molly SimsRachel Zoe, Hannah Bronfman and so many others (#casual). And let’s not forget the unofficial (yet totally official) dress code that called for the latest summer attire from Net-a-Porter, obviously, and any variation of a flat shoe.

Needless to say, Gwyneth was the hostess with the mostess style…and there lies the true lesson-to-be-had in celebrity party-throwing (and going): It’s all about the outfit.

So, to make sure you and your guests are ready for your next backyard soirée, enjoy this schooling in BBQ-chic dressing from G and two cool friends.

Gwyneth showed up to her own party looking perfectly sophisticated and elegant—with a splash of comfy! When you’re the host it’s important to keep things simple (it’s inevitable you’ll be the one running around), so stick with classic accessories and neutral colors that way you’ll never go wrong. A little shoulder detail doesn’t hurt either.

Mango Asymmetric Neckline Dress, $ 80; H&M Metal Bangle Bracelet, $ 8; Louise et Cie Eviana Studded Thong Sandal, $ 60

Molly Sims went full garden party in this gorgeous floral number and metallic bag. It’s definitely a more fashion-forward approach to the BBQ scene, one photographers will love. Go for a maxi with all-over pattern, a cute, metallic crossbody and a little heel. The chunkier, the better so you don’t find yourself stuck in the grass.

Zara Floral Print Dress, $ 70; ASOS Glam Box Bag, $ 41; Nine West Galiceno Double Ankle-Strap Sandals, $ 70

DJ Hannah Bronfman went a little edgier, more “nighttime” with her outfit. The outcome is a sultry way to dish up your BBQ attire, without going overboard. The focal point of your ensemble will be a slinky, lingerie-inspired slip dress then from there you’ll build with your accessories!

Topshop Satin Slip Dress, $ 90; Jules Smith Americana Choker, $ 98; Sam Edelman Gigi Thong Sandal, $ 75

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