Picking a Picnic-Ready Outfit

Ah, summer. That means slippin’ into sandals, driving with the windows all the way down and of course, enjoying the tradition of a great summer picnic. But before you start making your famous macaroni salad, think first about what you’re going to whip up wardrobe-wise.

Here are some ideas to keep your style fun, fashionable and picnic-friendly.

Tips on What to Wear to a Summer Picnic

Be Practical
Ok, so “practical” just doesn’t really scream, “fun times.” But trust us, any kind of fun can come to a grinding halt when you realize your skirt is a wee bit short for some Frisbee tossing.

Keep in mind the kind of picnic you’ll be heading to (environment, activities, duration, company) and rock your stylish self accordingly.

Don’t Diss the Dress
Are light activities like horseshoes or badminton on your agenda? For active fashionistas, we can’t say enough about summer picnic classics like capris, shorts or jeans paired with tanks or basic tees.

But just because there’ll be some movement doesn’t mean we’re about to ditch the dress by any means. There are plenty of dresses that let you bend and stretch (think subtle moves, not hardcore volleyball saves and knee-bruising dives), while still flaunting your summer chic. Knee-length or longer ones are ideal; we like a sunny yellow dropped waist dress or a patterned faux wrap, and for more conservative fashionistas — a simple, light colored maxi dress.

Lovely in Layers
We love layering. Not only does layering allow us to mix ‘n match different patterns and fabrics in one shot, they’re also picnic-perfect. A sheer pink tunic over a white tank is not only feminine, but the added material helps nix sun’s rays (hey, sheer is better than nothing) while still letting your skin feel that summer breeze. It’ll also help keep chills at bay later, when picnics extend into the cooler, evening hours.