Spring and summer are the time for garden parties, and I really can’t think of many things I like better than spending a nice afternoon and evening with friends in a beautiful garden, having tea, some drinks and nice food, chatting, dancing, or in other words, being merry! Whether it is a formal garden party with the Queen or an informal picnic or pool parties with friends, you’ll want to find the perfect outfits to look stylish but also keep cool in the hot weather. So what should you wear? The first thing to consider before choosing your outfit is, of course, what kind of garden party you’re going to.
If you are among the lucky 30.000 guests of Queen Elizabeth II, you’ll get the chance to have tea in the beautiful gardens of Buckingham Palace or Holyroodhouse in Scotland. The queen’s garden parties have a strict dress code, gentlemen wear morning suits or lounge suits while women wear day dresses, and they usually complete their outfits with hats or fascinators.
For garden parties with no dress code, here are our outfit suggestions:
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Dresses, but with modern prints and colours
The number one choice for a garden party is flowing outfits in any length, like mini, midi or maxi dresses. Light and natural fabrics such as cotton or linen are best to keep you cool. You can dress your outfit up or down with the jewellery and hat you choose to wear. It would be best if you also took a cute cardigan or an oversized blazer with you in case of a chilly evening. Check here the best colour combinations you should wear this year. Additionally, you can never go wrong with florals! But choose outfits with bold flowers for a contemporary garden party look.
Suits and Jumpsuits
If you’re not in the mood for a dress, you can always wear the chic suit pants that are one of the easy-to-wear trends from London Fashion Week A/W 2021. Spring and summer are not only pastels but also about bright colour combinations and earthy hues. Also, there are many chic jumpsuits in light-weight fabrics that are perfect outfits for a garden party. Choose a more polished and tailored silhouette for a super wearable but elevated look.
Espadrilles to match your garden party outfits
The classic Spanish espadrilles with ropes sole are the synonym of casual elegance; no wonder Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, always wears these timeless summer shoes. And before Kate Middleton, Grace Kelly, and Jackie O were already wearing them in the French Riviera. So, for garden parties, you can match to your outfit either flat espadrilles or high-heeled ones if you need some extra height.
Flats or block heels
Although elegant complements to your spring outfits, stilettos are a big no-go at garden parties. Wear instead flat sandals or slingback pumps with block heels so that you won’t sink into the lawn. But don’t forget to have your feet sandal-ready.
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