Welcome to How I Wear My: Summertime Picnic Look, the 33rd installment of the How I Wear My series!
Happy Summer to you! We hope you are enjoying the season of trips to the beach and barbecue cookouts with friends, the days of outdoor concerts, dips in the pool, long bike rides, and lazy afternoons filled with good books, a tall glass of lemonade, and maybe even a nap! Since eating outside is probably one of the most popular activities during these sun-filled months, we decided to devote July’s “How I Wear My” to the Summertime Picnic Look.
Jill of Everything Just So, my HIWM partner, is starting us off with a fantastic summer picnic look at Coney Island. Jill is wearing Old Navy jeans, a Banana Republic seersucker jacket and J. Crew linen shirt and necklace. The flag pin is vintage Avon and the sunglasses are by L’Wren Scott. The Parachute Jump in the background was built for the New York World’s Fair in Queens in 1939 and was moved to Coney Island in 1941. It’s defunct but still stands.
Don’t you wish you were there with Jill, sitting on the beach with your own little bottle of bubbly? I do!
Cynthia of My Rose Colored Shades tells us:
“When it comes to picnic attire, I go for comfort, simplicity and mobility, with a sprinkling of style. The key words are easy breezy and my go-to items are typically tee and shorts, a flowy maxi dress, a cotton dress, denim shorts, flip flops, slip-ons and of course, shades and lots of sunscreen.”
What a colorful, summery look. I love the boho-chic vibe of this maxi dress!
Terry of Terry Two Cents shows a men’s take on a summertime picnic look by pairing bright orange with a rich and warm brown. He is wearing a no-brand hat, polo shirt by Perry Ells, shorts by Arizona Jeans, Levi’s flip-flops and belt by H&M.
Linda of Labour of Life is ready to sail away to a quaint picnic area by the sea in shorts by J Crew, Old Navy anchor print blouse with a white tank underneath and a Panama hat.
Suzanne of Suzanne Carrillo Style Files
“This is one of the outfits I wore recently on my trip to the south of France and I think it would be ideal for a picnic. The dress is 1950’s vintage and I LOVE it. It just might be my favourite vintage item I own. The neckline is Audrey Hepburn and the gingham fabric has a wonderful textural element that is 3D, which sadly you can’t see in the photo but makes the dress even more unique.”
Nina of Trendsurvivor sends us beautiful photos from Paros, an Aegean Island in Greece. She is wearing Zara high-waist cutoffs with a lace cropped top from Stradivarius. Her Celine sandals complete the outfit and that darling King Charles spaniel pup is her beloved Spot.
Malia of Style by Malia likes to wear long maxi skirts to her outside events. Here she is in a brilliant orange paired with black and white stripes. An ideal picnic look for summer!
“Enjoying the gorgeous Chicago summer, I took my boys out for a midweek picnic at the park with my new self-made maxi skirt. The easy, breezy skirt provided enough coverage to run around and play with my boys but kept me cool under the summer sun! And the colorful pattern felt perfect for a summer outing.”
Nicole of High Latitude Style says this about her look:
“I like clothes that are sleek. However, sleek clothes are not very appropriate for a picnic. Just think about sitting on a meadow with a pencil skirt! Here I am wearing my dirndl that I bought in Germany. To not look like a leftover from the Oktoberfest I wear it not with a dirndl blouse but a normal top. Well what a normal top is for me, a cotton cardigan. I keep the outfit in my French colors – white and blue including the wedges. To simulate the sun of the Provence I added my sunflower yellow pliage bag.”
Ann at Tarnished Royalty tells us:
“I am infatuated with coral right now. I guess I always have been, but the fact that it’s a trending color makes me oh-so-happy. This New York & Company vest ($6 thrift find!) is a favorite choice on the occasional summer day when the temps don’t hit the 90’s. Otherwise it’s too hot as it’s made of sweatshirt material. I paired it with a simple white tank and jean shorts. I chose chunky accessories from my own line of jewelry, and added a pop of whimsy with my Tommy H. striped tennies. I think my feet have grown because these shoes are too tight now, so it wasn’t long before I changed into sandals.”
Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb
“I spent a weekend exploring the Regency city of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire (UK), and as it was so unusually warm we took a picnic blanket, had snacks and drinks and snoozed in the sun. Sunblock on, of course!”
Catherine even looks chic napping!
Deborah Montgomery of The Beautiful Matters says:
“Most of the picnics I go to are backyard barbecues or grad parties, so I go a little dressier. I love wearing a flow-y dress in the summer and this J. Crew jacket is so comfy. It has a lot of stretch in it. The cork platforms work better than heels — no sinking into the grass!”
Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun has this to say about her picnic look:
“This dressy picnic look is a flowy white summer maxi with a purple gingham shirt tied at the waist, with silver sandals and jewelry, and a straw hat and bag.”
Sheree of It’s Not That Deep goes casual for her summertime picnic look. And few colors say “summer” better than a cheery and bright shade of yellow. Sheree wears a yellow poncho, complete with adorable pom poms, with a pair of cut-offs.
Trina of Tea Time With Trina
“Whenever I think of dressing for a picnic my first thought turns to the old fashion ‘all in white’ summer dress or skirt, therefore my first look is just that, light weight cotton summer skirt with a white tee and simple leather sandals. Add on a few natural accessories and headband, grab my trusty picnic basket and I’m ready for any park or outdoor setting.”
I go on a lot of picnics throughout the year, not just during the summer. My husband and I enjoy them and there are so many places in Sonoma Valley to have lovely one. Our last picnic was on my husband’s birthday. His kids surprised him with a picnic – complete with all his favorite foods – at Preston Winery in the Dry Creek Valley.
I decided to leave the boyfriend jeans and shorts at home and dress a little more feminine for him on his special day. I wore a teal strapless maxi I bought in Kauai a couple of years ago with my beloved Panama hat, Haviana flip flops I bought in Paris – of all places to buy flip flops – and I brought along a black J. Crew cardigan in case the fog rolled in off the coast.
Summer is definitely the season for white clothes and they are such an easy way to add a bit of glamour to hot weather dressing. So pick your favorite white garment or accessory, whether it’s a dress, jeans, sunglasses, or even a pristine white bag, and join us in August for “How I Wear My: White.” We will accept photos through August 4, 2014. You can send them to us at howiwearmy (at) yahoo (dot) com.
Thank you to all the stylish participants!
Be sure to stop by Jill’s blog, Everything Just So to see even more great summertime picnic looks!
Make it a rich day!