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Picnic-perfect styles

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Fashionable outdoor eating

As the quintessential summer activity, the picnic is a fun, casual way to spend time with friends and family. To help you get ready for your most stylish summer yet, we sourced some picnic-perfect pieces we know you'll love.

They may be casual affairs, but that doesn't mean you should let fashion take a back seat the next time you eat outdoors. Check out our top picks for chic and comfortable pieces perfect for a picnic. Bon appetit!

gorgeous green one

Beach blanket bingo

Every proper picnic starts with a blanket, and we love this gorgeous green one with a handy leather carrier (forzieri.com, $240). We promise: Your basket of goodies will look lovely spread out over this rustic yet charming blanket.

Kate Spade purse

Picnic-inspired purse

Tote the treats you don't feel like sharing in this adorable Kate Spade purse that's reminiscent of a classic picnic basket (katespade.com, $428). It features a flap with a turnlock closure and is crafted from structured wicker and lush green leather with a bold checkered interior.

gingham frock

The perfect picnic dress

If ever a dress were made for a picnic, it's this fun and flirty gingham frock featuring bold blue and white checks (asos.com, $86). We love the sweetheart neckline, flattering high fitted waist and cute cut-outs.

sassy red and white polka dot skirt

Red and white is all right

Steal the show in this short and sassy red and white polka dot skirt (modcloth.com, $35). The red and white pattern is another picnic-perfect find, and we love the high waist and A-line look. Pair with a short-sleeve white blouse and strappy sandals for your day at the park.

picnic basket charm

Basket charm

We were instantly enamored by this adorable picnic basket charm in sterling silver (bluenile.com, $71). Add it to a bracelet or attach it to a necklace for playful, picnic-inspired charm.

cute cutout gladiator sandals

Cut-out sandals

Being outdoors is all about being comfortably stylish, which is what drew us to these cute cut-out gladiator sandals (madewell.com, $210). Covered in cool graphic cut-outs, these flat sandals are both functional and fashionable -- ideal with anything from a maxi dress to denim cutoffs.

Bathing beauty

For a picnic near a body of water, we suggest diving in wearing this ultra-cute retro-inspired (and picnic-perfect) blue gingham one-piece (anthropologie.com, $168). The flattering suit features ruching in strategic areas (e.g. where you might want slimming) and an elegant feminine silhouette.

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blue gingham one-piece

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