Picnic Perfect

It’s that time of year again. Memorial Day Weekend traditionally marks the beginning of the summer season. That means that our summer styles can officially come out of hibernation in the back of our dark closets and step into the sunlight. Whether you are attending a cookout, grad party, or barbecue, this adorable outfit composed of versatile pieces will make your next look a summertime success.

Summertime style is all about looking, feeling, and staying cool during the hot weather. For an outdoor picnic this Fashionista chose a casual pair of destroyed denim jean shorts. This light wash denim looks great paired with almost any kind of T-shirt, tank, or off-the shoulder shirt. It exudes a casual, daytime vibe suitable for a sunny summer gathering. The light wash will also make any tan really pop due to the contrast created by pairing a light color with a darker skin tone.

Since Memorial Day has passed and the ban on wearing white has officially been lifted, this Fashionista chose a timeless white crop top to pair with her high-waisted shorts. It is important to note that when selecting a top that is cropped, one wants to make sure that there is a tasteful amount of skin showing, just enough to be flirty but not inappropriate. A plain white T-shirt with a scoop or V-neck could be substituted in the case that one does not desire to rock a crop top.

The simplicity of this Fashionista’s outfit selection leaves plenty of room for accessorizing. For an inexpensive, versatile accessory try a bandana! They can be rolled, tied, or twisted and worn as a headpiece, bracelet, or necktie. They also come in all kinds of fun colors, and patterns so feel free to mix it up. Since it is summertime, sunglasses are a great way to add visual interest, as well as functionality, to your look. When picking frames, consider the shape of your face, and based on that it will be easier to determine what style of shades will be the most flattering. As always, choose bracelets, earrings, and necklaces that best complement your personal coloring to further enhance any look.

If there’s a chance that your summer gathering might last into the evening after the sun has gone down, tie a seasonal flannel around your waist. This Fashionista chose a red and blue flannel, but there are plenty of other colors that would go great with this simple ensemble. Once the sun has set and if the night is on the chilly side, the flannel can be worn as a light jacket to keep warm.

Finally, to top off your look, one must choose the perfect pair of shoes. This Fashionista opted for a chic pair of gladiator sandals, but one could also wear high top sneakers or flip flops to complete the ensemble!

What styles do you think are best suited for a summer get together? Share your favorite summer looks with us on social media, and don’t forget to tag @Cfashionista!