Summer barbecues are one of our favorite warm weather activities — cool drinks, hot boys and great food — what more can a girl ask for? But before you head out the door with your famous potato salad and homemade burgers, make sure you look fabulous with our round-up of the cutest, BBQ-worthy picks of the season.
Let’s face it — wearing heels to a BBQ probably isn’t your best bet. To avoid taking a tumble and getting relish all over your pretty party frock, stick to fashionable flats like these summery beaded slingbacks that come in red or black (anthropologie.com, $69). We especially love the fun, bold beading that gives these summer-ready sandals a twist.
One of the best things about summer is being able to throw on a sundress and call it an outfit. We’ve been eyeing this simple yet stylish black flower print sundress (topshop.com, $40) and think it would be perfect for a sunny afternoon soiree, paired with black flats and a crochet cardigan for later if the temperature drops.
No summer wardrobe is complete without a pair of denim shorts. We like ours distressed and slightly worn-in for that effortless vintage vibe. Try this cute pair of Twenty8Twelve shorts (shopbop.com, $145) on for size and wear with anything from your favorite striped T-shirt to a pretty sleeveless blouse — BBQs are all about casual chic and these denim shorts fit the bill.
Backyard BBQs tend to start earlier in the day so the host isn’t forced to cook up a storm in the dark. That means you’ll need to bring your shades to avoid squinting at that cute guy trying to flirt with you. With so many styles available, it can be difficult to choose, but we like this oversize pair (aldo.com, $12) for a dose of summer glamour.
Avoid anything cumbersome (it will just weigh you down) and skip the clutch (too hard to hold while noshing on a burger) and opt for something compact and cross body. We like this compact, vintage-inspired bag (urbanoutfitters, $39), perfect for housing your summer outing essentials like lip gloss and your phone.
A BBQ is the perfect place to show off your colorful side with playful accessories in bright and sassy hues. We’ve been gravitating towards bangles for summer and can often be seen with an armful. Try this edgy pick in get-noticed neon, featuring a patent leather band and custom pyramid-shaped hardware (endless.com, $105).
It may be sweltering when you arrive, but who knows how long you’ll stay (is that cute boy still sending flirty vibes?). If you’re there into the evening, it could get nippy! Be prepared with a cute, lightweight sweater like this soft, comfortably chic linen cardigan perfect over everything from denim to dresses (jcrew.com, $118). Choose from navy or flax (a delicate off-white).