The Picnic Outfit Dilemma: What to Wear to a Picnic

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(Editor’s note: This post about picnic outfits was updated on 1/2017). 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. The perfect picnic outfit is stylish, carefree, fashionable and picture-friendly. Here are some ideas to help you ace your picnic look.

And if you’re not a “dos and don’ts type of gal, jump to the bottom of the article for our no-fail picnic outfit formula.

How to Create the Perfect Picnic Outfit — Dos and Don’ts

Do 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 dresses 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.

Do Wear Layers

We love layering. Layering allow us to mix ‘n match different patterns and fabrics in one shot, and a layered outfit is also picnic-perfect. Try a sheer pink tunic over a white tank for a feminine look that also helps nix sun’s rays (hey, sheer is better than nothing). In the daytime hours, your skin will feel that summer breeze. And in the early evening hours, your layered picnic outfit keeps the chills at bay.

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