The Perfect Picnic Outfits

A man and woman sat outside at a table having a picnic.

What is more quintessentially British than having a picnic in the summertime? When the sun is shining, our parks are full of families, couples and friends brushing the dust off their picnic blankets and getting ready to eat al fresco. Whether you’re going to a family picnic, a picnic date for two or a social work picnic, you might just be wondering what picnic outfit to wear that will make you feel and look as wonderful as the spread you have prepared.

What to wear on a picnic date

From summer dresses for picnic dates with friends to cami tops and shorts for chilled-out picnic dates with the little ones, there are endless outfit options for a picnic. You will have seen it in the movies; a romantic outdoor set-up with a traditional tartan blanket, maybe some candles (on those windless days) and bubbly too. A picnic date can be a very romantic way to get to know your partner a little better. So, weather permitting, get ready to enjoy the sunset as you unpack your woven hamper and make sure you’re dressed to impress for this special date.

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Choose the perfect picnic dress

Wearing a dress may not be the first thing that comes to mind when eating al fresco but wearing a comfortable yet smart dress for a picnic date is a perfect classic look for a summer’s day spent surrounded by nature. Wear a midi dress with a unique print and pair it with a jacket or jumper in case your picnic continues into an evening under the stars.

A button-front shirt dress is a beautifully cut choice or if a shirt dress is not your style, a casual jersey-cotton dress is the perfect way to dress up for an alfresco-dining date.

Our advice: stick to darker tones when picking picnic dresses so you can protect your outfit from any wine spillages or grass stains! Spruce up your picnic outfit with a cute scarf and a woven straw bag for a classic look that will leave your date staring at you rather than the countryside view.

Casual picnic outfits

Chic and simple is often the best way to dress for any date, and this is no different for a picnic. A camisole top is the perfect choice for such an occasion. Easy to wear, colourful and comfy, this ‘jeans and a nice top’ combination will not only make you look great for your date, but will also keep you cool while sitting down ready to open the hamper and crack open the sparkling wine.

You should maybe keep your high heels at home too, no date wants to be helping you pull your heels out of the grass, but you can certainly pair up your stylish picnic date outfit with a pair of sleek and simple sandals.

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Picnic outfit ideas for a family picnic

A picnic in the summer sun is a wonderful family-affair. Picnics with your family can last all-day long, so casual picnic outfits are the way to go, as dressing right for this kind of al fresco outing is essential.

Choose comfortable picnic outfits

Whether you’re with your family or a group of friends, a day in the park will most likely result in playing outdoor games, such as cricket or frisbee, and showing your competitive side. If this is the case, comfort is certainly the key. For your family picnic, pair some comfortable chinos with a long-line shirt or striped t shirt. This classic and simple summer look is perfect for a group picnic in the outdoors.

Layer on up

Leggings and a cute summer t-shirt are the perfect picnic-friendly combination, made even better with a knitted cardigan or poncho to layer-up when you need to. Our sweatshirts are the perfect ‘throw-on’ garment; soft, versatile, and easy to wear over a casual picnic-ready outfit.

We all know how unpredictable the British summer weather can be, so it is better to play it safe by packing a trusty knitwear piece and maybe a lightweight raincoat.

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What to wear to a work picnic

As the beautiful weather approaches (fingers crossed) your workplace may decide on having a social lunchtime or after-work drinks by enjoying a picnic in your nearest green space. Our best advice: be prepared and ditch the formal office-wear.

Pack a pair of shorts

Swapping from workwear into picnic-wear is no problem if you simply pack a pair of bottoms in your work bag. Swap your work trousers for a pair of shorts that can easily be coupled with your office blouse. Shorts are a straightforward option for a picnic outfit because you won’t feel the need to sit awkwardly or cover yourself up on the picnic blanket.

We have an array of shorts, so choose from chino shorts, denim shorts or linen shorts – whatever takes your fancy. Being able to get comfy on a picnic blanket whilst sharing a bottle of fizz with co-workers in style is the most important thing for a work’s social picnic.

Make sure to take comfortable shoes

Keep the heels in the office and opt for a stylish pair of shoes. Want to be comfortable but still make a statement? Our trainers and pumps are an essential wardrobe piece that can be styled with shorts, jeans and summer dresses for any picnic outing. These trainers will soon become your summer essentials when it comes to picking your outfits for a day out.
So, there you have our favourite picnic outfit ideas for ladies. Choose from:

A stylish shirt or jersey dress with picnic-inspired accessories

Chic and simple skinny jeans paired with a classy shirt

Comfortable chinos worn with a striped t-shirt and a cardigan

Shorts with a blouse and trainers.

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These picnic-perfect outfits will sure make you look and feel your best as you sprawl out on a plaid throw with your friends, family or loved one. Remember to pack your hamper with a homemade picnic loaf, plenty of delicious summer drinks and a sweatshirt or cardigan… just in case the weather turns.

Explore our holiday clothes collection to prepare for those warmer months and don’t forget to shop our latest collection of picnicware, including hampers, blankets and cool bags, all adorned with our eye-catching hand-drawn prints. Our water-resistant rugs are a great investment, damp grass – no problem.

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