Picnic Outfits Are Surprisingly Hard to Master, But I've Done It

Maxine Eggenberger
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Roll out the blankets and stock up on the Pimm's cans because it's officially picnic season, and with much of our socialising taking place outdoors for the foreseeable, chances are you're going to take more time and consideration to plan it. I'm the first to admit that it's more important to think about what you eat at the picnic than what you wear to it, but once you've got your sandwich fillings decided, see the picnic-ready outfits I've found that will make you even more excited for a spring and summer spent eating al fresco.

From dresses that you can actually sit comfortably in to a top that will make you feel like you're wearing a bikini (even when you aren't), keep scrolling to see our guide on what to wear to a picnic.

FLORAL SKIRT + SILKY BLOUSE

Style Notes: Inject some glamour into your picnic attire by pairing a silky blouse with a pretty floral midi skirt. As for accessories, a basket bag seems like the natural solution.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Reformation Hanson Silk-Satin Blouse (£160)

H&M Viscose Skirt (£18)

Muuñ Panier Woven Straw and Cotton Tote Bag (£195)

CAMI + DENIM CUT-OFFS

Style Notes: If you're planning on catching some rays as you feast, a camisole and denim cut-offs provide the perfect alternative to a swimsuit—don't forget the sunscreen.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Reformation Robertson Floral Print Camisole Top (£140)

Agolde Light Denim Parker Distressed Denim Shorts (£140)

Monki Shoulder Bag (£18)

COLOURFUL CHECKS + STATEMENT SUNNIES

Style Notes: Checks are no longer just in greys and monochromatic colours—the trend has moved forward with vibrant colours, and these dresses make perfect picnic attire.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Le Specs The Last Lolita Cat-Eye Sunglasses (£75)

Rejina Pyo Dylan Checked Dress (£326)

& Other Stories Chunky Strap Heeled Leather Sandals (£85)

GINGHAM + WHITE DENIM

Style Notes: White jeans might be prone to grass stains, but if you have a waterproof blanket or perhaps a deck chair, they make for the perfect springtime piece, particularly when paired with gingham checks.

SHOP THE LOOK:

RedValentino Pussy-Bow May Lily-Print Blouse (£375)

Reiss Lakely Ecru Jeans (£110)

Loeffler Randall Penny Leopard Sandals (£359)

BANDEAU TOP + BRIGHT TROUSERS

Style Notes: If wearing swimwear to a park in the city will always feel wrong to you, the best in-between option is to wear a smocked bandeau top with trousers.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Taylor Morris London George Arthur Sunglasses (£140)

The Andamane Gwen Strapless Top (£129)

Toast Jude Cotton Linen Trousers (£165)

PASTEL LINEN + PLAYFUL ACCESSORIES

Style Notes: Although rare, heatwaves do happen on Brit soil. Ensure you're prepared by investing in wafty linen pieces, which make for comfortable picnicking and lounging, too.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Lack of Color Holiday Bucket Hat in Ivy Bloom (£125)

Uniqlo Mens 100% Premium Linen Shirt (£30)

& Other Stories Belted Linen Pleat Shorts (£55)

PUFF SLEEVES + WIDE-LEG DENIM

Style Notes: You can never go wrong with a puff-sleeve blouse and jeans come spring. Opt for dark denim, as it's less likely to show any inevitable spillages.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Olivia Rose the Label The Esmeralda Top (£216)

Raey Stride Wide-Leg Jeans (£165)

Thomas Sabo Hoop Earrings (£98)

FANCY FROCK + BASKET BAG

Style Notes: Going on a picnic is going to be the height of social activity this summer, so we fully support the decision to wear your prettiest dresses to do so. Saving your best for best is so 2019.

SHOP THE LOOK:

& Other Stories Flowy Puff Sleeve Midi Dress (£85)

La Redoute Naturalle Soft Woven Jute Basket Bag (£21)

Tarte Vegan Shell Anklet (£15)

Next Up: 9 Perfect Outfit Ideas for a Spring Spent Outdoors

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