beautiful and classy garden party outfits in order to master those summer soirées!
Summer is the perfect season for garden parties - whether it's an elegant event or a barbecue, the question always arises: What do I wear?
In order to make a good choice, I first have to take a look at the invitation. Is it a garden soiree or a casual barbecue?
My colleague, Antonia Marx, has revealed her tips...
I bring to your attention a marvelous compilation of beautiful and classy garden party outfits in order to master those summer soirées!
I know first hand how hard it is to find a special but still head turning outfit for a garden party… It sounds that easy, but in fact, is quite the ordeal. Every time I get an invitation to a graden party or BBQ, I find myself standing in front of my wardrobe throwing clothes everywhere, in search of the perfect outfit. But let me help you through this problem and serve you some fabulous garden party looks. So, this time you’ll be better prepared by the time those fluffy invitations reach you!
Admittedly, summer parties can be tricky because the dress code is usually as mysterious as the contents of the host’s potato salad. Arrive overdressed and you won’t be able to shake that feeling of self-awareness; go too casual and you’ll spend the afternoon regretting it. So how do you get it right?
Of course, there can be special party dress codes, from leisure to cocktail dresses. But, outdoor garden parties call for outfits which allow you to easily add any type of pullover, cardigan or jacket and still look fabulous.
Even in summer, the nights can be surprisingly cold. So first of all, check the invitation for any hint of the dress code. A birthday garden party may be lot more leisure than a cocktail garden party, which obviously calls for a cocktail dress. The invitation card wording can give you a hint which way to go, too.
One of my secret weapons is a silk shift dress.
It has a great contemporary shape and you won’t feel self-conscious in it. You can cinch it to accentuate your waist, tie the belt at the back or leave it completely loose to skim your mid-section. In order to celebrate summer the best way, I would also recommend opting for any kind of printed dress design: either floral or graphic prints, but don’t go monochrome or boring!
Luckily, this year the flower print has conquered the trousers.
This go-to print suits garden parties perfectly, especially when the dress code is more casual and semi-formal.
The great thing about printed trousers is the touch of casualness what doesn't kill the overall elegance. When talking tops, I would recommend you add a simple white tunic paired with your floral trousers.
If you are looking for something ladylike and sweet sexy, then you better go for lace skirt or a dress. As you know, lace embodies femininity and sexiness and will surely add elegance to any look.
Personally, I love combining plain tops with bright colored bottoms, as you can harmonize your black or white top with a fiery red skirt and accessories.
Another great choice is the tailored culottes, they are original bottoms that perfectly suit casual or tailored tops.
Flat shoes are also key for navigating sinking grass or gravel. You can even run around after the little ones, while still managing to look glamorous. The pointed flats are a good example of this as they are both feminine and comfortable.
Other accessories are a must-have at garden parties. Try out different hats, hairbands, sunglasses or scarfs.
For jewelry, add golden or silver cuffs or even some flashy earrings to bring out those summer vibes.
All that’s left is to enjoy a hands-free afternoon looking as effortless as you feel (while hoping for one last vital ingredient: sunshine).
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