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Summer time is picnic time

Sunny summer evenings after work, Saturdays and Sundays are perfect for a picnic in the park. You get some fresh air, have great food and a glass of wine, can relax, and talk with your significant other, friends, family, colleagues, or with whom you picnic. It’s like a mini-vacation. While dressing stylishly for a picnic on the weekend already requires some logistics, dressing for such an event after work or as an office social event is more tricky. This Dress for Success post addresses this challenge with some outfit ideas.

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over 50 years old fashion blogger in summer work to picnic look
Talbot floral skirt with GNW cardigan, Brooks Brothers knit top, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, Jaeger tote, Hermes collier de chien bangle, L.K. Bennett pumps (all own), pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source Inc., and wooden watch c/o Jord

Keep the venue and entertainment in mind

When you do your picnic the classic European way on a large blanket you may sit on the grass. Thus, grass spots are likely. Accidents happen with food and drinks placed on an uneven surface like a blanket. Thus, add such spots to the list of dangers with respect to your clothes. To avoid lasting harm look for fabrics you can wash hot or at least warm.

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Back view of GNW cardigan, Talbot skirt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, L.K. Bennett pumps, and Jaeger tote (all own)

When you do your picnic the American way and bring your folding chairs or use a picnic table in the park, knits and delicate fabric may get ripped when it gets stuck in the chair’s mechanics or on uneven pieces of wood. Avoid clothes that are crocheted, loosely knitted, or made of lace or other delicate fabrics.

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What to wear to a picnic

Sun dresses and printed cotton shirt or fit-and-flare summer dresses are always a winner. A wide or flare skirt with a T-shirt or blouse are great separate alternatives to a dress. In both cases, add a hat to keep the sun out of your face and flat shoes, flat mules or flat sandals that you can kick off easily when you sit down on the blanket. The skirt (of the dress) should be wide enough that you can sit down easily and sit comfortably. Great cover-ups are stoles or cardigans for later in the evening when the Sun sets.

style blogger in ethnic print outfit for a picnic Sigrid Olsen dress c/o HSN with own sunhat, Ray Ban sunglasses, Coach bag, and Juicy Couture patent leather slides, Hermes enamel bangles, and Hermes collier de chien cuff

mature woman in sundress for a picnic on a hot summer day at the lake Sun dress with espadrilles, Hermes constance bag, Hermes collier de chien cuff, and Paloma Picasso sun glasses (all own)

mature casual picnic out fit Oliveo shorts with, striped T-shirt, floral scarf, Ray Ban sunglasses, straw baseball hat, and thong sandals

fashion blogger in Hawaiian floral print inspired jumpsuit 24/7 Frenzy multi color long jumpsuit c/o Fashom styled with own leaf earrings, statement belt, Very Fine Dance shoes sandals (all own) and halftee c/o Halftee

style over 40 woman in Soft Surroundings outfit Cuffed jeans with Tuscany print on the cuffs finished with traditional 5-pocket styling, antiqued brass zipper & rivets, embroidered Ellenora mules, Bermondsey top, and semi-precious gemstone earrings all c/o Soft Surroundings styled with own statement belt and own Prada bag

mature woman wearing a picnic look with shorts Oliveo shorts with Carhartt gingham shirt, Michael Kors sandals, Tissot stone watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and Ray Ban sun glasses (all own)

fashion blogger looking great in a picnic outfit with skirt The Limited striped polo shirt with Lauren Ralph Lauren polka dot skirt, Hermes collier de chien cuff, BP espadrilles, and a LeatherCoatsEtc Greek leather hat (all own)

summer outside party outfit with straw hat Straw hat with flower, BP espadrilles, Hermes Medor watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own) with abstract print A-line sundress c/o Needham Lane

blogger Nicole in casual weekend look with cropped pants, drapped buttom embellished top, slides and sunflower yellow bag Silver loop snake statement belt, Longchamp pilage cuire, Hermes collier de chien bangle, citrin and carved bone necklace (all own), cropped pants c/o White House | Black Market, Ed Hardy sunglasses, Matisse embroidery slides and drapped front top with button embellishment on the side c/o Soft Surroundings

Picasso green Karina dress with underskirt (DIY), Nine West pumps, Gucci bamboo top handle bag, and GNW cardigan (all own)

Shorts, or Bermudas with a T-shirt or polo top are more casual options. They will be the better choice when ball games are also planned as part of the picnic entertainment. Add a baseball hat for sun protection. When a soccer or volley ball game are planned go for canvas sneakers. Otherwise flat sandals do the trick.

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summer business casual outfit to go from work to picnic
Side view of outfit with Talbot floral skirt, Brooks Brothers silk knit top, GNW cardigan, Kieselstein Cord, belt and buckle, L.K. Bennett open-toe pumps, Jaeger tote (all own) and wooden watch c/o Jord

When you head from the office to the picnic

When you go to a work picnic or head right from work to a picnic, your outfit has to do double duty and fit both dress codes with minimal changes. The OOTD in this post can easily make this change. Just take off the pearls and belt, and swap the pumps for ballet flats and you are picnic ready.

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Do you like picnics? If so, do you attend or organize a lot of picnics in summer? Have you planned a picnic for this summer? Do you use a picnic basket?

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