Cookouts are delicious parties that everyone should enjoy to the fullest. Cookouts are generally outside at places like parks, which means you are exposed to the seasonal weather of your location. This means your outfit may vary a bit depending on the date of your upcoming cookout. You may be dealing with the raging summer heat of August, the spring cool of April, or the blustery autumn chill of late September. You may even live in an area where a winter cookout in November or January is possible. What works when? Let's find out!
Balancing weather concerns with cute clothes is an art. First, figure out what weather you'll likely experience. If it is on the hotter side, favor thinner materials, short sleeves and shorts, and looser clothing so you can stay as cool as possible. If the climate looks to be on the cooler side, think layers! It must be warm enough to spend lots of time outside, but who knows when a random glacial puff might freeze you to the core? You will want an outfit that has some flexibility. When you know what to expect, you can prepare. Here are some ideas for what to wear in hot weather, cold weather, and mixed weather at a cookout in the park.
If you know it is going to be hot, plan to wear shorts. White shorts with a floral blouse or a pretty light-colored blouse make a nice outfit combination. If you prefer to emphasize your lower half, rock some floral or patterned shorts. Balance it with a solid-colored blouse, and you have yourself an outfit. Add some slide sandals or thong sandals to keep your feet cool and to slip off to feel the grass under your feet. A light sun hat, like a Panama hat or a boat hat, to provide some cool shade for your face might also be a cute addition to your ensemble. Don't forget your sunglasses and sunscreen!
If you are living in a place with a climate that can swing between extremes, consider a chambray long-sleeved shirt over a floral dress or with a floral skirt of a short-to-midi length. The chambray overlayer is light enough not to overheat you, and you can always roll up the sleeves to keep cool. And if you opt for the dress, you can take off that extra layer if you need to. If the weather is on the colder side, the long sleeves of your chambray shirt will also offer you some chill resistance. For your skirt or dress, choosing an option with a shorter skirt made of a lighter material but with a bit of extra fabric means this piece will move with the wind, letting your legs cool off in even the lightest breeze. If you pair women's flats with this outfit, you can keep your feet mostly exposed and open up the possibility of adding a pair of tights if things get too chilly.
If it is autumn or spring, you might run into a bit of cool on your planned cookout date. In that case, wear a women's blouse in a fun color like salmon or mint green with a black full-length skirt and bring along a cardigan outer layer. The long skirt should be blousy enough to keep you cool in the sun while offering your legs a layer of protection against whatever wintery gusts puff up as you chat in the shade. The pairing of the blouse and cardigan should give you a similar balance of cool and warm, with the blouse being light enough for the heat and the cardigan being toasty enough for the cold. Another accessory that might serve you well is a hat. Fedoras and Panama hats are good styles to go with. Choosing a hat serves two functions. First, it gives you some shade, and second, it keeps your head warm. Thus, in case of a clear but chilly day, you are covered. As far as shoes go, you might like to wear a pair of sandals. That way, you can tuck your feet up into your long skirt if your toes get cold. Alternatively, a pair of ballet flats or another closed-toe shoe might be best to keep your feet warm throughout your cookout.
Now that you have some ideas for outfits, double-check what the weather will be like for your cookout, then open your closet and see what you have that can match the weatherman's prediction. Use the above ideas as a starting point for creating a unique outfit of your own that fits your sense of style and works with your type of cookout party. Have fun eating delicious food at the park!