What to Wear to a Picnic

What to Wear to a Picnic

Get ready for spring and summer fun with stylish, comfortable outfits to flatter every body type. There are women’s summer shirts, bottoms, skirts, and dresses perfect for wearing to a picnic, whether you’re dining on the grass or the sand. These pieces come in all your favorite colors, from pretty pastels to bold brights. Many of the separates can be mixed and matched to create a variety of looks with just a few key pieces. Here are some warm-weather fashion ideas to get you started:

Keep it Casual with Capris

The cropped pant is a spring and summer wardrobe staple that’s great for wearing to a picnic. Capri pants come in a variety of styles, materials, and colors, so you can find the right pair for every occasion. If you like an on-trend look, consider a pair of high-rise capris. For optimum comfort, choose a pair with an elastic waist. If you like the look of a zip-and-button front, there are capris in this style with elastic in the back to keep them comfortable. Mid-rise women's capris are a versatile option that look great with just about any style top. Like the high-rise style, they can be found with stretch elastic around the waist so you’ll never feel constricted. If you want a pair that goes with everything, shop for black, white, khaki, and dark denim washes that can be worn with many other colors.

Capri pants crafted from 100% cotton are an excellent option for wearing to a picnic on a warm day. They’re soft, sturdy, and machine washable. You may also want to consider a pair of linen capris, which are ideal for the hottest summer days because the fabric is ultra-light and breathable. No matter which type of capris you choose, they can be worn with tank tops, short-sleeve tops, and tunics in any style, color, or print.

Stay Cool in Shorts

No matter where you’re headed for a picnic, you can’t go wrong with women's shorts.There are so many styles that it’s easy to find a pair that works for your body type and preferred aesthetic. Bermuda shorts provide ample coverage for a modest look, and they go with all kinds of tops from short-sleeve dress shirts to your favorite T-shirt. There are chino Bermuda shorts that come in flat-front and pleated styles to accentuate your figure.

Another option for picnics is a pair of knit high-rise shorts. This short style goes with T-shirts, sleeveless shirts, and all kinds of knit tops. The high-rise look is trendy, but it’s also incredibly flattering and comfortable for all sizes. You’ll find plenty of pairs that suit your body type and style preferences. You may also want to pick up a pair of seersucker petite, regular, or plus size shorts for warm-weather picnics. This fabric is made from 100% cotton; it’s woven to be incredibly light and has a puckered texture that’s cute and summery. You can find seersucker shorts in solid colors and playful prints, making it easy to mix-and-match them with different tops in your wardrobe.

Slip into Skirts and Dresses

Skirts and dresses are also appropriate for a picnic. Go for a midi skirt and fitted tee for a look that’s casual yet polished or choose a maxi skirt and flowy tank top for a breezy style that can take you anywhere. If you like the look of a skirt but want more modesty and coverage, opt for a skort instead. Skorts combine the best features of skirts and shorts, and they go with all kinds of women’s tops from dressy to casual.

When it comes to dresses, a fit-and-flare dress made from a light jersey knit is great for a picnic in the park. There are A-line dresses and cotton sundresses made for all sizes; they come in neutral hues, pastels, bright colors, and eye-catching prints. If you’re wearing a dress to a picnic, keep your footwear casual by slipping into a pair of slides or sandals.

Make a Splash in Women’s Swimwear

Picnics on the beach are always fun, especially when you’re rocking the latest women’s swimwear. Feel comfortable and confident in a one-piece swimsuit or tankini that suits your style preferences. If you love a classic look, you can’t miss with a black or navy one-piece with a classic scoop neck. Go for vintage glam with a one-piece or tankini with a swim skirt that reaches past the hips. Another way to channel retro style is with a fun polka-dot print swimsuit and a pair of cat-eye sunglasses.

A beach cover-up is an elegant option for a picnic on the sand. For boho-inspired style, choose a kaftan cover up with an intricate embroidered pattern. There are also cover-up dresses that are modest and tailored enough to wear to a beachfront restaurant or shop. Some of the swimwear and cover-ups are enhanced with UPF for extra sun protection, although you’ll still want to remember the sunscreen.

Find Your Summer Style

The best outfit to wear to a picnic is one that lets you move comfortably, so fabrics infused with spandex for a hint of stretch are always a good choice. Another guideline is to choose clothing that makes you feel confident and/or reflects your signature style. Experiment with different top and bottom pairings to find the spring and summer outfits that work best for you.

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