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What to wear for a picnic or BBQ this summer

It’s the weekend and the sun is shining, so what does that mean…? BBQ time! Who doesn’t love a summer BBQ? To residents of Spain or Greece, or any other hot country, BBQs are a frequent occurrence. However, us Brits are very excited when we finally get a weekend with great weather, because it means we can get that grill out and enjoy chargrilled burgers and sausages with our friends and family!

Not everyone loves their grilled meats, though. Although barbecues can definitely cater for vegetarians, with grilled corn or delicious vegetarian kebabs, they still are not for some people. Many prefer to grab a blanket when the sun starts to shine, and put together an intimate picnic instead. This is also a more romantic option for couples wishing to enjoy food in the sun.

However, not every event will be a social one and a company barbecue is a popular summer event. Whilst these events can be fun, they are a little tricky in the fact that you will be conducting yourself in front of your boss! This article takes a look at some great outfit choices we have put together for different occasions.

The Social Barbecue

This is the ideal casual event of the summer; friends and family get together, enjoy a few bevvies and delicious barbecued items. It’s a time for gossiping and enjoying the sunshine, plus catching up on the latest news amongst your friends. Therefore, we recommend dressing to show off your summer wardrobe.

Most of the year, it is too cold to dress in cute skimpy outfits, so take advantage of it now! We love cute denim hot pants and a shirt, if you like showing off your legs. Alternatively, you could wear some cropped trousers, but then have a top that shows off your mid-riff. These outfits can show off your figure and look sexy, but still look classy.

Look how cute this outfit is that Glamour Magazine put together. You can swap out the Converse for some wedges, if you want to dress the outfit up a bit.

The Company Barbecue

Office parties are a little tricky to dress for; it is a social event after all, but you are still in front of all your colleagues and your boss! You need to be very careful when picking out your outfit, especially if the event is being hosted at your boss’ place! The last thing you want is for their children to see your wardrobe malfunction!

It’s expected that you should be wearing a cute summer dress when attending these functions and Polyvore have put together an entire line of outfits, along with accessory choices for this occasion!

However, what if there is an impromptu garden game activity that is requested and you are in a dress and heels? We actually like an outfit selection put together by Fabulous After 40! We think it would look good at any age! This is also another reason it is probably smart to bring an emergency change of clothes!

The Picnic

Well, since a picnic is usually a more intimate event and quite often is just between a couple, you have free reign to wear whatever you want. You want to look sexy, but still be practical since you will be walking on grass. You need to feel comfortable sitting on a blanket for a prolonged period of time, but also be in an outfit which is appropriate for the weather.

We love Elle’s selection for a picnic outfit! The model may be wearing heels, but she has a pair of flat sandals ready just in case!


By Paul Brown, on

Beautiful DIY!! Those jeans look awesome! I just used my scissors and made crazy cuts on my poor jeans. Great job.
Paul Brown

By Holly Hooper, on

Great tips–especially on bra straps. That one drives me crazy as it’s so easy to address, either with the strap clip or one of the many different styles of bra with alternate strap profiles. I also find outfit creation a bit more challenging in warmer weather when I can’t rely on layering as much. I’ll be on the lookout for more light layers. I’ve also found that lightweight scarves are a good accessory in summer.
Holly Hooper

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I ordered this dress off of Chicwish and it does not resemble the dress you are wearing for these photos. The dress is completely oversized and has no scalloped edge on the bottom of the dress (it goes straight across). Very frustrating.
Kelly Hubbard

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Wow! Gorgeous dress! You look absolutely beautiful! My color is apparently green (that’s what everybody tells me) even though I only own one green shirt! I guess I should get more green.. hmm.. =)

Harold Burton

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