With the arrival of summer and warm weather comes the arrival of outdoor party season. Whether it’s a laidback barbeque with friends at the local park or a full on garden party, most people will want to look the part.
But outdoors it’s important to strike the right balance between a great looking outfit and a practical outfit. You want to take into consideration all the potential hazards that come with an outdoor setting from weather conditions to unstable surfaces to a lack of proper lighting. So make wise decisions and don’t just dress to impress.
There are a few things that both men and women should consider before getting dressed for their outdoor shindig. First of all, be sure you know exactly where the event is being held so you know how to dress accordingly. Find out whether there’s any shelter available if the weather turns for the worst or if you should arrive armed with waterproof clothing or at least an umbrella.
In general, it’s best to avoid light colours. Even though many people think light tones suit the summer months, it’s just not a practical choice. You could get splotches all over your gorgeous outfit from grass stains to beverage spills to food stains. It’s all too easy to lose your footing outdoors…
Last but not least you should be prepared for a drop in the temperature. Summer weather isn’t always predictable and evenings tend to be chilly so bring a cardigan or jumper to wrap up in. If you don’t feel like carrying it with you either leave it in your car or ask the host to leave it indoors somewhere.
Men can usually get away with quite a casual look at outdoor events. To satisfy most dress codes, choose a pair of smart chinos in a sandy tone. Team it with a polo shirt for a smart and sassy look. Choose light leather shoes. For chillier moments thrown on a tailored jacket. And for a more interesting appearance go the 1960’s route and wear a checked jacket or blazer. You’ll get all the right attention.
Embrace the maxi dress trend. It is a superbly practical garment as the length works both in hot weather and chillier times of the day. If you choose a patterned number it’s great to conceal stains. The cut suits most body shapes and highlights all the right bits. To accessorise, wear it with a shawl thrown loosely around your shoulders. Alternatively, wear a sparkled narrow headscarf.
As maxi dresses come in both formal and casual styles, it’s the perfect item to invest in.
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