Fashion Inspiration

Those Summer BBQs: What to Wear

Memorial Day is right around the corner (I know hard to believe right?!), and if you are anything like my family then the summer is filled with family and friend BBQs. I thought I might start a series where I would feature the three main things needed for a great BBQ: outfit, food, and decorations!

So, today lets start with the outfit. Summer is the best time to pull out our favorite bright colors and floral patterns. In the South, the weather greatly influences the outfit so, first is the event a lunch or dinner? By the water, backyard, or on the balcony? All of those factors will affect what you pull out of the closet.

For Lunches:

Shorts are always the best go to item for those hot, middle of the day events. Bright colorful shorts can be paired with a solid t-shirt or tank top, and if you are headed to the water, the most versatile bathing suit cover ups. Here are just some of the popular stores with great summer shorts:

J.Crew has lots of bright colors to choose from!
Jcrew has lots of bright colors to choose from!
Loft has great floral patterns!
Loft has great floral patterns!

For Dinners:

I love summer evenings and a fun BBQ at night makes them even more fun! Fun flirty dresses are always a great go-to item. So do you go with a short or long maxi dress? It really doesn’t matter, just go with what’s comfortable! Where I am, humidity and maxi dresses don’t mix, but sometimes the weather is perfect enough to pull one out. A solid bright color such as blue or coral are fun summer colors, but floral patterns also make it a little more girly.

Francescas!
Francescas
Target has a great selection of Maxi dresses this summer!
Target has a great selection of Maxi dresses this summer!

And don’t forget the skinny white or colorful jeans! These are perfect for those cool summer evenings and will look great with any summer top.

Loft
Loft
Gap
Gap

Shoes are the comfort deciding factor of the day or night. Depending on how formal the event is, sandals or wedges are the best choice. I usually go for a sandal if Im by the water and a wedge if its a lunch or dinner with friends. I’ve also fallen in love with the colorful Sperrys that came out this season. Those are perfect for wearing out on the boat!

My favorite go-to sandal, the Jack Roger.
My favorite go-to sandal, the Jack Roger.
Target
Target
Sperry has bright colors this season.
Sperry has bright colors this season.

So, what outfit will you most likely choose for your favorite event this summer?! Remember to be comfortable and have fun!!

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