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The Best Picnic Outfits For Al Fresco Dressing

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Attention, summer-lovers: picnic season has officially arrived. While the traditional gingham-blanketed al fresco meal depicted in Impressionist paintings may have given way to sitting in a circle of bikes at your local city park, enjoying a Chipotle burrito and sipping wine from a styrofoam cup, there are a few core tenets of picnicking that will never change — warm temperatures, good friends, imbibing in close proximity to the ground, and of course, a cute outfit.

It’s the final point — the ’fit — that we’re here to discuss. The look in question can’t be too precious (you’re going to be sitting in grass, after all), but it should still showcase some summertime flair (whether it’s of the “hot girl” variety is up to you.) In rounding up some fave picnic outfits, we’ve kept our eyes peeled for cool-but-durable looks that will enable you to nap on a blanket, spill some rosé, or toss the ’bee and still maintain a pic-chic appearance.

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The Park Picnic

Come summertime — no matter what city you live in — your average public park will be teeming with folx congregating on blankets, surrounding by bikes, babies, books, and Bluetooth speakers. Join the fray in a monochrome look that mixes textures — like a cotton crochet sweater and cream-colored, high-waisted jean shorts. (Don’t fear the grass stains — just roll with it. Literally.)

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Zara Open Knit Sweater, $, available at Zara

Levi’s Loose Shorts, $, available at Levi’s

When You’re Hosting The Picnic

Channel your inner 1970s goddess with an ankle-grazing tent dress dripping with a floral print that rivals anything nature could conjure up. The frock’s light cotton fabrication will ensure that you stay cool while pulling that banana bread out of the oven, and adding Crocs’ cheeky Bae clog to your ’fit will make sure you’re comfortable — even if you don’t get a chance to sit down all day (and all night).

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Wray Quinn Dress Acid Floral, $, available at Wray

Crocs Classic Bae Clog, $, available at Zappos


Elevate your picnic ‘fit (literally) with wedged espadrilles. Beside its classic, wear-forever appeal, the foam-infused footbed and super-soft suede straps make this pair the ideal sandal for all activities — outdoor dining and otherwise.

Cole Haan Cloudfeel Espadrille Wedge Sandal, $, available at Cole Haan

The Sporty Picnic

Is your crew not content to simply sit around and sip White Claw? Do you roll with a group that has to plan competitive games for every outing? If your picnic is going to involve activities where balls fly at your nose, it’s time to don your cutest romper and get ready to skip, skate, or serve your way to fun. This lightweight cotton gauze iteration is one of Madewell’s summer best-sellers, so you better grab it before it’s gone for good.

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Madewell Lightspun Belted Safari Romper, $, available at Madewell

A Festive Picnic

Have you heard that festival season is back? If you’re lucky enough to be attending a destination music event like Coachella or Bonnaroo this summer, you’ll probably be having a picnic for every meal. Leave the flower crown behind and opt for an updated version of the

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Lulus Puff Sleeve Mini Dress, $, available at Lulus

Ariat Goldie Western Boot, $, available at Ariat

The Picnic That’s Also A Dance Party

If you’re attending an al fresco event soundtracked by the sweet sounds of obscure techno, we suggest a look that’s equal parts sporty and club-ready. Girlfriend Collective’s orchid-hued exercise skirt is the perfect partner-in-crime for a night on the town — especially when paired with a stretchy, midriff-baring bra top and matching translucent sunglasses.

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Parade Asymmetrical Bralette, $, available at Parade

Girlfriend Collective Snapdragon Sport Skort, $, available at Girlfriend Collective

BUTABY Rectangle Sunglasses, $, available at Amazon

The Happy Hour Picnic

Headed to an outdoor soirée alongside your co-workers? Channel office vibes with a crisp white top that boasts an unexpected lettuce-hem detail, along with a sparkly knitted skirt that’s more crayon than pencil. Chunky black mules add a sensible vibe, but a comfortable lug sole will allow you to trod around in the mud without having to worry about sinking heels.

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Lisa Says Gah Britt Skirt, $, available at Lisa Says Gah

Intentionally Blank No Issue Mule, $, available at Verishop

Forever21 Plus Size Lettuce-Edge Cropped Tee, $, available at Forever21

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