What to wear to a BBQ to look awesome

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fashionover50 woman in BBQ outfit
London boyfriend jeans with BP espadrilles, Lands End sweater, Great Northwest suede utility jacket, Ray Ban sunglasses, and Coach bag (all own)

May is national barbecue month. For many American families, Memorial Day is the official start of summer and the BBQ season. Tweet your friends what to wear to look stunning at a BBQ

At a BBQ, food, drink, and grass spots are possible. Thus, any sensitive fabrics are to be avoided. Nevertheless, you want to create a cute, subtly fashion-forward outfit. Thus, statement earrings or a statement necklace are great accessories to add a trendy item.

What to wear at an afternoon BBQ

If the BBQ is in the afternoon, a hat and sunglasses are must-haves and should be part of your look. Let your outfit be the guide whether to go for a floppy sunhat, a baseball cap, or a straw fedora. the same applies for the style of your sunglasses. Aviators don’t look great with a Bohemian maxi dress, while cat eyes or round glasses do. You get the idea.

Denim and khaki long or as shorts with a cute T-shirt or cotton top are a no-brainer. Linen drawstring pants are a nice alternative to khakis and jeans. Pair these options with a straw fedora or baseball cap. Don’t turn your baseball cap backwards when your are 40+. It is not fun at our age. A cotton maxi dress or crochet dress are another light weight option. When you go for a dress, go for a floppy hat.

How to dress for an evening BBQ

If the BBQ is in the evening hours, have a cardigan, utility or denim jacket handy. When you are wearing a dress, a stole is a great stylish cover-up when it chills down after sunset. Make sure in your choice of your cover-up that it matches the vibe of your outfit.

What to wear to a BBQ on a lawn

When the BBQ is on a lawn or on dirt, moccasins, clogs, espadrilles, ballet flats, embellished flip-flops, plateau sandals or flat sandals are your best options. Any heel would stick into the ground and get ruined. Plateau sandals may bear the risk of injury when your ankles are not strong and you step on some uneven terrain. Again think of the shoes as an accessory that has to match the vibe of your outfit. Clogs, embellished sandals or flip-flop look great with a Bohemian maxi dress. Moccasins look great with linen drawstring pants or cutoffs.

fashionover40  casual outfit for a BBQ
London jeans boyfriend, Great Northwest suede utility jacket, Lands End sweater, BP espadrilles, Ray Ban sunglasses, and Coach bag (all own)

The OOTD (photos above) shows an example how to dress for a BBQ on a day that is a bit chilly. Below are further inspirations for BBQ appropriate outfits.

fashionover50 woman in BBQ outfi Oliveo leather shorts, Carhartt gingham button-down shirt, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, straw hat, Ray Ban sunglasses and Michael Kors sandals (all own)over 40 fashion woman in dress for a grill party Karl Jäger dress, GNW cardigan, statement belt, Ray Ban sunglasses, and nude Juicy Couture sandals (all own)

fashionover50 woman in white shirt dress Alexander Wang white shirt dress, floppy straw hat, Paloma Picasso belt and Michael Kors sandals (all own)mature fashion woman in maxi dress Chica summer dress, floppy straw hat, D&GM sunglasses and metallic thong sandals (all own)

Have you already started the BBQ season? What is your favorite BBQ outfit?

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Photos: G. Kramm

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