It’s grilling season and the invites for cookouts are rolling in. Outdoor parties are one of the many fun activities that make the season special and being prepared with the right apparel sets you up to have a great summer. So, do you want to know what to wear to a BBQ? There are all types of barbecues from upscale soirées to down-home hangouts and we’ve got stylish suggestions for them all. Here are some general guidelines to follow:
- Fit: Clothes that fit well naturally flatter your figure and won’t require fussing.
- Comfort: You’ll relax and enjoy yourself more at any event if you are comfortable in your outfit.
- Layering: Weather is always a consideration at outdoor events; bring a light jacket or wrap just in case.
- Shoes: It is mind boggling how many stylish options there are in the wide and wonderful world of footwear. Think about whether you’ll be on a slatted deck or gravel covered patio and choose appropriately.
- Accessories: Select your shoes, hats, bag, cover-up and jewelry at the time you decide on the outfit.
What to Wear to a Backyard BBQ
“Come on over” – you just got invited to a backyard barbecue. Hanging out in someone’s backyard is a relaxing way to spend the day, and casual attire is the way to go. Comfortable shoes, a favorite top and trusty khakis, shorts or capris are solid choices as outdoor seating can get shmootzy. But casual doesn’t have to be drab – enliven your outfit with boho chic jewelry for effortless summer style.
What to Wear to a Business BBQ
It’s time for the annual office cookout and even if you work in a casual atmosphere and are great friends with your co-workers, you shouldn’t dress too casually. It is best to err on the conservative side and save the slinky slip dress for date night. Instead, break out your summer whites and pair them with a colorful linen blouse, or go for the nautical look in blue and white. Top it off with a fabulous necklace, and you’re ready for a party.
What to Wear to a Formal BBQ
I always look forward to fancy events as they’re opportunities to wear my favorite dresses. The BBQ theme is somewhat irrelevant; if it’s upscale, you can expect everyone to be dressed-up. A long dress or skirt captures the romantic feel of an al fresco fête, and summer is the time to celebrate with color. But a slimming black dress, paired with stylish accessories and stunning jewelry also makes an alluring summer fashion statement.
What to Wear to a House BBQ
Sundresses are perfect house barbecue outfits especially during hot days. Usually made of cotton, they’re cool and comfortable and pair well with sandals or cute sneakers. Sundresses tend to be on the short side, so make sure yours passes the ‘sit’ test so that you’re covered where you want to be. Wear something with a whimsical print or an upbeat color and embellish it with a one-of-a-kind necklace for that special final touch.
What to Wear to a Rooftop BBQ
Fear not urbanites, there are better perks to summer in the city than ample street parking: the roof top BBQ is a fabulous way to gather and take in the view. When choosing an outfit to wear, look to inject your street style with some summery sex appeal. A pair of skinny jeans with an off-the-shoulder top strikes the balance between cool and casual. Complete the look with a knockout necklace and you’re styled and ready to roll.
What to Wear to a Beach BBQ
If you’re like me, you jump at any excuse to go to the beach and a beach BBQ is no exception. A lightweight maxi dress is a great choice, especially if you’re out in the midday sun. Maxis flatter everyone and easily slip on and off swimsuits. As we’re often sitting on the sand, I opt for jeans or cut-offs. Denim with a waist-tied button down shirt and bright gemstone jewelry is my go-to relaxed beach chic look.
Remember, the most important thing about your summer barbecue outfit is the confidence you exude while wearing it. Just go out there and have a great time. And tell us about your favorite smoking-hot summer outfit. Happy Summer!