What to Wear to a Picnic

Is there anything that says British Summertime more than a picnic? I’m talking chequered blankets, wicker baskets and punnets of strawberries – the works. But pre-summer 2020, I’m pretty sure they were just a typical British quirk that no one actually did anymore. Last year transformed the picnic as it became our only way to salvage a moment of joy and socialise with friends and family (at a distance of course). Scrolling through social media with its myriad of aesthetical cottagecore shots certainly proved that traditional picnics were very much in, and this year is looking no different. So once you’ve chosen your sandwich fillings and stocked up on your Pimm’s cans, read on for some inspiration on what to wear to a picnic.

Corset Tops

Bridgerton fever is still very much dictating our wardrobes this season and I can’t say I’m mad about it. Corset tops may have been all the rage the last few months but fashion has been championing them for hundreds of years, dating back to the 1500s. Today’s iterations are a lot more flexible, with a lot less whale bone. If you’re not wanting to get your arms out just yet, I love the bardot neck, balloon sleeve versions , or if you’re looking for a splash of colour, opt for a vibrant coral or pink shade. Style with a simple pair of denim jeans or shorts (dependant on the weather) and sandals or even trainers. We’re not in the 1500s now after all…

Midi Dresses

I spoke about my love of the midi dress for springtime dressing in my What to Wear in April post. If you’re not willing to brave bare legs, suffer through insect bites from laying on grass or put the effort in to shave quite yet, midi dresses are the outfit choice for you. For a picnic, I love floaty tea dress styles in pastel or floral prints, with high or square necks and puff shoulders. Something with a little open back detail or side split is perfect for adding a little sexiness without revealing too much. And don’t forget the basket bag of course!

Kitsch Mini Dresses

If there was ever a perfect setting for a cute printed mini dress, it’s definitely a picnic. Think cherries, lemons, ditsy florals, even mushrooms like the ALEXACHUNG Alice Shroom Dress I’m wearing here from Endless Wardrobe – the kitsch-er, the better! 90s-esque strappy mini dresses are everywhere at the moment in a whole host of cutesy prints. Team with a pair of mules for a more elevated look or make it more casual and opt for sandals or tennis shoes.

Anything Gingham

Synonymous with picnics themselves, gingham is my go-to print for sitting on the grass and eating cocktail sausages. This season there are SO many variations of the print in all kinds of colours from traditional strawberry reds and blues to pretty pastel shades of lilac, green, pink and yellow. If you’re struggling to know what to wear to a picnic, anything gingham goes. Whether you opt for a top and matching cardi, a mini dress or a shorts co-ord, make it gingham and you’re automatically picnic ready.

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Yellow Poplin Shirt
Sage Trench Coat
Tan Sandals
Beige Marble Co-Ord
Leather Platform Mules
Weekend Collective Boxy White T-Shirt
Chocolate Brown Croc 90s Shoulder Bag
Ecru Straight Leg High Rise Jeans
Wilma Check Shirt
Cotton Stripe Shirt
Black Ribbed T-Shirt
Wide High Jeans
Leather Chelsea Boots
White Boxy Organic Cotton T-Shirt
Black Boxy Organic Cotton T-Shirt
Twisted Sphere Ring
Blue Gingham Mini Dress
Tie Cardigan
Blue Collar Sweater
Green Fleece Sweater
Pink Cotton Crop Top
Green Shoulder Bag
Beige Shoulder Bag
White Knitted Cardigan
Blue Waffle Texture Joggers
White Chiffon Cold Shoulder Corset
Pastel Colourblock Denim Shirt
Grey Tailored Cropped Blazer
Ribbed Cardigan
Bleach Editor Jeans
Marianne 2.0 Leather Jacket
Moonstone Fiji Bud Gemstone Pendant Charm
Green Onyx Fiji Bud Gemstone Pendant Charm
Fine Beaded 21″ – 24″ Chain
Voluminous Puff Sleeve Mini Dress
Camel Supersoft Clutch
Chunky Chain Link Bracelet
Black Floral Print Mini Dress With Gold Foil Spots
Almond Oversized Jogger
Sunflower Print Crop Top
Grey 90s Oversized Joggers
Vita Necklace
Stone Teddy Borg Cycle Shorts
Teddy Borg Long Sleeve Crop Top
Silver Sequin Bralet Top
Beige Fedora Hat
Black Faux Leather Chunky Boots
Reeya Black Patterned Tights
Black Sequin Bralet
Pearl Double Ring Drop Earrings
Starfish Chain Bracelet Gold
Lemon Print Linen-Blend Dress
Peach Structured Knitted Bralet
White Poplin Smock Dress
Stacked T Bar Necklace
Sand Raw Hem Straight Jeans
Linen Blend Jumpsuit
Grey Jersey Double Strap Crop Top
Oversized Corduroy Shirt
Oversized Wool Blend Sweater
Oversized Alpaca Blend Coat
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