You can’t think of summer without thinking of all the great BBQs and parties. You’ll likely get several invitations to backyard gatherings this summer. From informal grilling with friends to all-out summer events, staying cool while looking great is key to putting together a BBQ outfit.
Type of Event
The type of event is the first consideration. Are you just meeting up with friends for burgers and beers? Go casual with your cookout outfit. Is the gathering for an engagement party, birthday party or other event? You might want to dress up a little more. If you’re not sure about the vibe of the party, ask the host what she has in mind.
When choosing an outfit, think about how it will feel out in the heat. A pair of denim capris, cropped jeans or rolled jeans might look cute, but the heavy denim material often feels hot and clingy when you start sweating. Choose lightweight fabrics that won’t feel so hot and that let the breeze flow through. The more skin showing, the cooler you’ll feel also.
Shorts are a popular option for casual summer gatherings. You stay cool because most of your legs are uncovered. You can find shorts in a variety of fabrics and colors, allowing you to show off your style. Shorts pair well with a variety of tops, from casual t-shirts to sequined tank tops. You can dress up a pair of shorts just based on the top you pair it with.
Skirts and Dresses
Another option to keep you cool at your next BBQ is a skirt or sundress. Both can be very casual and suitable for a backyard party. Maxi skirts and dresses are still a popular option. Even though they are long, they keep you cool since your legs aren’t tightly wrapped up. The air can easily circulate under the skirt.
You can also go with shorter dresses and skirts if you prefer. Keep the length in mind though if you plan to get active at the BBQ. You don’t want to show a little too much because you’re running around playing yard games in a short skirt.
You can dress up any BBQ outfit with a few accessories. Keep the jewelry to a minimum. Sweating can cause a reaction between your skin and the jewelry. A few pieces of jewelry can add a pop of color to make your outfit feel more summery. Pair the outfit with cute summer shoes, such as sandals or ballet flats.