Barbecues are one of the best parts of summer! The relaxed vibe, friends, family, food, (hopefully) some sunshine… But, deciding what to wear to a bbq can be tricky. After all, you don’t want to be too dressed up, but nor do you want to look as if you’re just lounging in your own yard!
What to wear to a bbq
What should you think about when putting your barbecue outfit together?
1. You want to be comfortable
At a barbecue, you’re probably standing up for some time. Even if you are sitting, perhaps you’ll be sitting on a bench or on a picnic blanket, so you want to make sure your clothes allow you to moove.
2. Do you want flat shoes?
If you’re in a garden or yard, it’s unlikely that you’ll want to be wearing heels. If you do want to add some height, you could always think about a pair of wedges.
3. You might want darker colors or prints
If you’re worried about sitting on the ground, or dropping ketchup from your burger, you might want to wear darker shades.
Now, let’s look at how you could put together some specific barbecue outfits…
tops for your barbecue outfits
If you’re choosing a t-shirt or a tank top, then choosing some draping, ruching or a vibrant color could elevate your barbecue style. Or, you could opt for a shirt to wear with your jeans. You could always roll the sleeves up to create a more casual look.
jackets and cover-ups
Other options could be a cardigan or poncho, rather than a jacket, or you could choose a denim or utility jacket to go with your casual, yet stylish, barbecue look.
what to wear to a bbq – jeans and pants
Jeans, pants or shorts are often a barbecue go-to, and for good reason as they’re both stylish and practical. Fonda @savvysouthernchic above shows off a print pants and denim jacket look with sneakers that would be ideal for barbecues, picnics, vacations, or just casual summer days. Note how she adds an extra element of style to her outfit with her headband.
dresses and skirt
Do consider skirts and dresses as well as pants for your barbecue, as they can be comfortable and stylish. Emms @beautifuleveryday_uk above chooses an off-the-shoulder maxi dress with her sneakers.
You could look out for print dresses or skirts or, if your barbecue is a little more formal, how about a shirt dress?
shoes to wear with your barbecue outfit
Look out for espadrilles, sandals and sneakers. If you want to add height without worrying about standing up in heels for hours or sinking into grass if it’s a garden party, then wedges or block heels should do the trick.
What to wear to a bbq: accessories
Adding earrings or a statement necklace will give your outfit some extra pizzazz if you’re thinking about what to wear to a bbq. Jess @elegantlydressedandstylish above (read her style interview here) chooses a straw bag, sunglasses and hoop earrings.
Don’t forget your hat and sunglasses if it’s a sunny day – or, even if it isn’t.
Tory Burch Ella Patent Nylon Tote – Sakroots Roma Straw Shopper – Kate Spade New York Monica Pebbled Leather Crossbody Bag – BOCAR Statement Necklace – Open Edit Resin Band Oval Hoop Earrings – Kate Spade New York Marguerite Flower Bead Drop Earrings – Anycosy Panama Straw Hat – AIRE Abstraction 50mm Rectangular Sunglasses
Your barbecue outfits together in one capsule
Below, you can see all of the clothes, shoes and accessories featured above together in a capsule that would be perfect for barbecues or casual summer days.
You can change the way you wear the outfits to create lots of different looks. For example, the green jacket would go with the print dress or you could team the green belted dress with sneakers and the straw bag for a more casual vibe. You could wear the stripe shirt with the jeans, or the blue t-shirt tucked into the orange skirt. There are plenty of possibilities.
shop some of bbq outfits above here:
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