You are currently viewing One Outfit to Go from Work to Picnic
London Jean boyfriend jeans, Valentino Rock studs, Sam Edelman studded bucket shoulderbag, printed oblong silk scarf, MessyWeekend mirrored sunglasses, Coolibar blouse and cardigan

Your office is doing a picnic starting an hour before EOB. This means you have to go at least for an hour. Tou live to far away from the office to change. Your challenge is how to look office appropriate, but also well dressed for the picnic. Read on for a solution.

Contents
  1. Summer Time Is Picnic Time
  2. Keep the Venue and Entertainment in Mind
  3. What to Wear to a Work Picnic
  4. What to Wear When You Head from the Office to the Picnic
  5. header

 

Disclosure: This post has affiliate links.
 

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.

A picnic is like a mini-vacation. #lifestyle Click To Tweet

post banner how to create an outfit that works from work to picnic

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. Best you have a stain remover like a Dryel dry cleaning pen in your bag or picnic basket.

stylist in casual Friday to work picnic outfit with floral scarf, jeans, cardigan, sunglasses

style book author in Casual Friday outfit that also works for an after work picnic look
London Jean boyfriend jeans, Valentino Rock studs, Sam Edelman studded bucket shoulderbag, printed oblong silk scarf, MessyWeekend mirrored sunglasses, Coolibar blouse and cardigan

 

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 easily. They can get stuck in the chair’s mechanics or on uneven pieces of wood. Therefore, avoid clothes that are crocheted, loosely knitted, or made of lace or other delicate fabrics.

When dressing for a picnic keep the venue and potential spots in mind. #picnic #style Click To Tweet

What to Wear to a Work Picnic

Sun dresses and printed cotton shirt or fit-and-flare summer dresses are always a winner. At the office, wear a cardigan over them or a blazer to look work appropriate. 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 a 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.

Shorts, or Bermudas with a T-shirt or polo top are more casual options. Thus, when the work picnic is on Friday, style them with a blazer. These 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, when the office dress code permits sandals.

Comfort tip: Avoid skinnies or any tight bottoms as they will dig into your belly when you sit when going to a picnic. #lifestyle #picnic Click To Tweet

mature style blogger wearing an outfit that works from work to picnic by slight modifications of the look

over 50 years old fashion blogger in summer work to picnic look

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

What to Wear 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. It has to 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.

When you loved this post and want more of this type of tips, for all kind of dressing situations in midlife,  my style book How to Dress for Success in Midlife will keep you covered. It has a load full of styling tips you don’t want to miss. Buy it now.

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?

What to wear to a picnic. #fashion Click To Tweet

Get the inspiration, support, motivation, and tips to look to your best in life. Get a subscription to High Latitude Style. Deep inside you know when I can do it you can do it too.

Photos: G. Kramm

© 2013-2021 Nicole Mölders | All rights reserved