Awesome tips for a stunning BBQ look

How to look awesome at a BBQ

BBQ invitation require easy to clean clothes

For many the long Memorial Day weekend is the official start of summer and the BBQ season. For women following the Fashion Rules, it is the official start of wearing white. White and BBQ seem not to be a good idea. Spill alert!

Some of my readers asked me for suggestions what to wear for a BBQ to dress to impress this summer without looking like trying too hard. Here are some inspirations to try.

mature style blogger in a BBQ outfit with denim jacket and dress

over 50 years old fashion blogger in a dress, wedges and sunglasses dressed for a grill party
Fossil denim jacket with Carl Jaeger dress, Dr. Scholl sandals, LV bucket bag, Ray Ban sunglasses, DIY statement necklace, Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own) and halftee c/o Halftee

What to consider when planning your BBQ outfit

At a grilling party, all kinds of spills may happen, starting with splashes of fat from the grill over ketchup spots and someone spilling red wine (dip it dry and add salt on top to mitigate the spot) while refilling your glass. Food and drink mishaps just happen. If kids are present, add chocolate, grass and soil spots to the mix.

DIY necklace with achat
Zoom-in on DIY necklace, coin buttons of the dress, Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own)

Go for clothes in fabrics that you can wash. Thus, forget about white unless you can wash it hot and bleach it. Be aware that bleaching yellows the clothes.

Pro tip: Accessories are a great option to add trendy fashion-forward items to a look. Go for statement earrings or a statement necklace. They will detract the other guests from that you wore the same items you wore at last year’s BBQ. Recall that the outfits of last year’s party are just a few clicks away on their cellphones. Unless you made a selfie at last year’s party, you probably don’t recall what you wore anyhow.

What to wear at a BBQ

Always let the weather, venue and time of the day be your guide in what to wear. For instance, at an afternoon grill event on a sunny day, you should have a hat, sun-cream, and sunglasses handy. A floppy sunhat, baseball cap, or straw fedora are great options depending on the vibe of your outfit – Bohemian, casual, or urban. Pick the sunglasses to match the vibe of your outfit like metal round glasses, aviators and Sixties style sunglasses for Bohemian, casual and urban safari, respectively.

Here are some outfit suggestions:

  • Linen drawstring pants, denim and khaki long pants or shorts with a cute T-shirt with a straw fedora or baseball cap. Old school fabric sneakers like Keds or Vans, ballet flats, moccasins, driving shoes, flat sandals or gladiators are great matches especially when the event is on a lawn or uneven terrain.

Stylist’s tip:
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  • A cotton maxi dress or crochet dress are dressy light weight options and look awesome with a floppy hat, flat gladiators, espadrilles, ballet flats, embellished flip-flops, clogs, embellished sandals or thongs. Metallic, and tan are great colors for the footwear.
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  • BBQs in the evening ask for a cover-up once the sun sets and radiative cooling starts. The above suggested outfits look great with a cardigan, utility or denim jacket.
  • A dress with a stole is a great stylish option too.
  • A BBQ type casual cookout or an elaborate backyard barbecue on a deck permit a more dressy outfit as regular chairs and a table are available. A floral cotton, hemp or bamboo dress with a cardigan, denim or leather jacket, wedge sandals, a shoulder mini-bag, earrings and a low key necklace make for a stylish impression.
  • Double denim with a denim skirt and shirt in different colors, Keds or Vans, a statement necklace, headband and a worn leather belt are a nice California Casual option for a BBQ at a garden party. Add a leather baseball hat like Rihanna when you are not a fan of the headscarf look.
  • What about a denim dress with sneakers, a statement necklace and a straw hat?
  • A BBQ on the beach asks for typical beach cover-ups like a sundress, or sarong.

Stylist’s tip: Except for a posh backyard BBQ, you are seldom wrong with a clean good-fitting pair of jeans, a high quality clean T-shirt, medium length earrings, statement sunglasses, a pendant gold or silver necklace and a pair of good flat strappy sandals or sneakers.

Visual BBQ outfit inspirations

Here are further BBQ outfit suggestions. Enjoy your BBQ and stay in style.

midlife woman in a casual utility jacket, bf jeans, sweater and sunnies dressed for a grill party London Jean boyfriend jeans with GNW suede utility jacket, Lands End sweater, Hermes collier de chien bangle, BP espadrilles, Ray Ban sunglasses, and Coach bag (all own)

style blogger over 50 in a look for a posh backyard meeting on the deck Alexander Wang dress with Paloma Picasso belt, Michael Kors sandals, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Seiko watch, and straw hat (all own)blogger in skirt and top BBQ outfit Ariana wedge slides c/o Vionic Shoes worn the Italian way with own BCBG leather capri, Liz Claiborne silk knit sweater, Moda International cardigan, Festina watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and Burberry bag

ageless BBQ outfit with Hawaiian shirt and capri pants Pineapple Moon Hawaiian print blouse with BCBG capri, Hermes collier de chien bangles, Celine tote (all own) and mules c/o Vionicmature fashion blogger dressed in a Canadian tuxedo for a nice grill party outfit Great Northwest denim shirt with Loft flare jeans, white Fossil denim jacket, Coach bag, Studio strappy multi-color sandals, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Ray Ban mirrored aviators, and statement belt (all own)

over 40 years old woman in leather capri, sweater and denim casual outfit for a grill party BGBG capri, Moda International sweater, Great Northwest denim jacket, Hermes collier de chien bangle, silk scarf and Anne Klein slingbacks (all own)

When the BBQ is in a more formal setting and not sort of a Alaskan potluck party or it rains and the grill will probably stay cold, you may also like to read what to wear to a dinner party. When the BBQ is in a park, at a riverbank or a lake, you may also get outfit inspirations from what to wear at a picnic.

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Have you already started the grilling season? What is your favorite outfit to wear when you attend a BBQ party?

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