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.
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…
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.
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.