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Nobody wants to risk ruining their best clothes! When you plan having a relaxing summer evening with grilled food for your your little family. Read what you should wear to feel great about your look, but avoid a spill ruining the fun.

  1. Grilling Requires Easy-to-clean clothes
  2. What to Consider when Putting Your BBQ Outfit Together
  3. List of Best Outfit Ideas for Grilling with Your Family in Your Yard
  4. Visual BBQ Outfit Inspirations
  5. Wrapping up

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Grilling Requires Easy-to-clean clothes

Even though, the long Memorial Day weekend is the official start of summer and the BBQ season, many dedicated BBQers start the season early. Who can blame them? You want to try out new recipes in a family setting first. When inviting friends or colleagues over for a BBQ dressing for success isn’t enough to make the party a nice memory.

For women following the Fashion Rules, the Memorial Weekend is also the official start of wearing white. White and BBQ is a bad idea.

Spill alert!

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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 cotton denim jacket, cotton Carl Jäger dress, Dr. Scholl sandals, LV bucket bag, Ray Ban sunglasses, DIY statement necklace, Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own) and cotton halftee c/o Halftee

What to Consider When Putting Your BBQ Outfit Together

When grilling and trying new recipes, all kinds of spills may happen. Just think splashes of fat from the grill, ketchup spots or spilling red wine. Tip: Dip the red wine spot dry and add salt on top to mitigate the stain. Food and drink mishaps just happen, if kids are present and/or the setting is relaxed; or you try out new recipes.

Wear an apron. When you don’t mind, coated ones are best. However, you may sweat underneath. 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. Cotton clothes are best. Typically, you can wash them at higher temperatures, and you can dye these wardrobe favorites to look wow-worthy again,  if needed.

Always apply sun screen, a hat and sunglasses when it is sunny outside. When you do the grilling, you may consider wearing slightly tinted sunnies even when the sky is not clear or the Sun is not very bright. The glasses avoid fat going into your eyes.

Stylist’s tip:
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List of Best Outfit Ideas for Grilling with Your Family in Your Yard

Here are some outfit suggestions for your private family BBQs:

  • 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, Converse or Vans, and ballet flats, moccasins, driving shoes, flat sandals as well as  gladiators are great matches, especially, when your grill is on a lawn or in a park.
  • A cotton midi dress is a dressy light weight option. It looks 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.
  • BBQing 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 stole is a great stylish option too.
  • Double denim with a denim skirt and shirt in different colors, old school sneakers, Birkenstocks or Greek sandals, 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 and a short pendant necklace? The look works with both a baseball cap and a straw hat.
  • Try a pair of jeans with a graphic T-shirt, medium length earrings, aviator sunglasses, a pendant gold or silver necklace and a pair of good flat strappy sandals or sneakers.
  • What about a trendy altheisure outfit in cotton with sneakers? Avoid leggings and tops made from synthetics. They burn easily. And little hot particles often occur when you use charcoal.

Visual BBQ Outfit Inspirations

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

fashion blogger Nicole in preppy vacation look Gucci bamboo suede belt, Festina watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Kate Spade basket shoulder bag with top handle, AMS neckerchief, Esprit neckerchief, Dr. Scholl wedge sandals, Rafaella striped cotton knit dress (all own) and wooden sunglasses c/o Winkwood

Fairbanks woman in Hawaiian print jumper Hermes collier de chien bangle, Very Fine sandals, leave earrings (all own), layering shirt c/o Halftee and jumper courtesy to Fashom

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 Vionic

leopard print cotton leggings styled for a cute stay-at-home BBQ outfit with Keds and denim jacket Leopard print cotton leggings c/o No nonsense with own printed T-shirt, Great Northwest denim jacket, and Keds polka dot print sneakers make for a cute going-to-the-gym outfit

over 50 years old Alaskan in abstract print sleevless maxi dress Madden thongs, Hermes collier de chien bangle, gemstone cuff, straw hat (brand unknown) earrings (all own) and maxi dress

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Wrapping Up

These outfit ideas are for a private grill feast in a small family circle. To feel good about yourself, dress-up. However, do it with caution. To keep the family peace in case a spillage happens, go for clothes that are low maintenance with respect to care. You don’t have to impress, but just want to look great for yourself. It’s about testing new recipes and having a relaxing family time, right? You are not dressing for a dinner at your friends or colleagues house.

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