Picnic’s are the perfect summer past-time and an offer an opportunity to replicate the light mood with bright, bold prints, a multitude of vibrant colours, casual dresses, and chic flat sandals. It is a perfect time to update wardrobes with the summer collection! Picnic season is all about picnic fashion and minimal make up.
So what are our top picnic fashion picks?
The perfect sunglasses.
So much more than a simple summer accessory. At the beach, the swimming pool, the city or the garden they protect our eyes and add instant glamour to an outfit. These statement shades are a deep red, round retro style that give a playful, laid back look. Instead of excess make up that can run in the heat sunglasses offer the perfect alternative. I love this pair as they are a bargain price and have thick frames that do not break easily when grabbed with little hands.
The shirt dress.
Many fashionistas think that like John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, that the culinary outdoor adventure which is picnicking has no other partner but Gingham. The picnic print. Now I have nothing against this Dorothy-esk, checked pattern but as fun and as flirty it has become, it just isn’t me. Instead I combined two of this seasons favourite trends, the often underestimated shirtdress and colourful print. If you are outside in nature, then go with nature.
This bold green Warehouse dress can be perfectly partnered with low key block colour heels and shades to balance the overall look. Shirt dresses are a top choice for me as the style is incredibly flattering for just about any body shape, it works with both flats and heels, perfect for a day to night look. The material doesn’t cling so you are not left hot and sweaty.
And, in a couple of months when the air starts to cool, the shirt dress will be the perfect trans-seasonal wardrobe piece, paired with leggings and knee boots.
Now many will object to the suggestion of heeled boots in summer but thanks to a decade of ballet my toes do not appreciate flip-flops. Grab some casual knee high gladiator sandals by day and don these suede heels for a night out at the wine bar.
Fashion for you and your picnic.
Forget handbags, the essential summer accessory is a straw basket and picnic ware. This beautiful Debenhams basket from ‘The Collection’ comes in a classic wicker design with yellow gingham print lining. The perfect storage solution for snacks, partner it with bright plastic plates, flask and fleece lined blanket.
Don’t forget the sun cream and the strawberries!
Do you have any favourite picnic recipes? Or are you a fan of the shirt dress? What are your most worn summer shades?