What to wear to BBQs and Garden Parties


So, let’s talk about what to wear to BBQs and elegant garden parties. They both offer a chance to enjoy the outdoors and socialise, but with different vibes. BBQs are all about laid-back fun, while garden parties bring out a touch of sophistication. 

Let’s dive into some outfit ideas for each occasion:

What To Wear To A BBQ

When choosing an outfit for a BBQ, it’s important to keep in mind the casual and relaxed atmosphere. Opt for breathable fabrics like cotton or linen that will keep you cool under the sun. Consider vibrant colours and playful patterns to embrace the cheerful mood of the event. Don’t forget to prioritise comfort by choosing loose-fitting or flowy pieces that allow for easy movement. And remember, it’s always a good idea to avoid wearing brand new shoes as the grassy and sometimes messy BBQ setting might not be the kindest to pristine footwear.

Summer Dresses


Tenki London Strappy Polka Tie-Front Satin Maxi Dress in Rust Red: This dress is perfect for a BBQ with its vibrant colour and playful polka dot pattern. The tie-front detail adds a touch of charm, and the satin fabric gives it a breezy, lightweight feel that’s ideal for outdoor gatherings.

Strappy Polka Tie Front Slit Satin Maxi Dress In Rust Red By TENKI LONDON | £36.00

FS Collection White Dot Mini Wrap Top Dress in Black: This dress is a classic choice for a BBQ. The wrap top and mini length create a flirty and feminine look, while the white dot print adds a hint of retro style. It’s an effortless and chic option that will keep you cool and comfortable throughout the festivities.

White Dot Mini Wrap Top Dress In Black By FS Collection | £42.00


Dresses that Go with Trainers:

FS Collection Relaxed Sweatshirt Mini Dress with Hoodie in Grey: This dress combines comfort and style, making it a fantastic choice for a casual BBQ. The relaxed fit and hoodie add a sporty touch, and pairing it with trainers creates a laid-back and effortlessly cool ensemble.

Relaxed Sweatshirt Mini Dress With Hoodie In Grey By FS Collection | £39.00

Tenki London Strappy Leopard Button Midi Dress in Rosy Brown: This midi dress offers a perfect blend of trendy and comfortable. The leopard print adds a touch of wildness, while the button detailing and midi length create an effortlessly chic look that pairs beautifully with trainers for a stylish and relaxed BBQ outfit.

Strappy Leopard Button Midi Dress In Rosy Brown By TENKI LONDON | £35.00

Floaty Dresses:

FS Collection Relaxed Linen Self-Tie Shoulder Tiered Midi Dress in Green: This floaty dress is perfect for a summery BBQ. The relaxed linen fabric and tiered design provide an airy and carefree feel, while the self-tie shoulder adds a charming detail. It’s a breezy and effortless choice that exudes bohemian vibes.

Relaxed Linen Self Tie Shoulder Tiered Midi Dress In Green By FS Collection | £43.00

FS Collection Black Hem Detail Tiered Maxi Dress: With its flowing silhouette and elegant hem detail, this maxi dress is a versatile option for a BBQ. The lightweight fabric and tiered design create a whimsical and romantic look that’s perfect for a more informal outdoor gathering.

Black Hem Detail Tiered Maxi Dress By FS Collection | £49.00


Wrap Skirts:

D.Anna Blush Floral Print Midi Wrap Skirt in Black: This wrap skirt offers a chic and feminine touch for a BBQ. The blush floral print adds a delicate charm, while the midi length and wrap style create an elegant and sophisticated look. Wear with a bodysuit or a casual t-shirt like this one.

Blush Floral Print Midi Wrap Skirt In Black By D.Anna | £35.00

D.Anna Heart Midi Wrap Skirt in Emerald Green: This vibrant wrap skirt adds a pop of colour to your garden party attire. The heart print and emerald green hue create a playful and eye-catching look. Pair it with a simple blouse or cami for a charming and stylish outfit.

Heart Midi Wrap Skirt In Emerald Green By D.Anna | £36.00

What To Wear To A Garden Party 

For a garden party, it’s time to channel your inner elegance and sophistication. Since garden parties often have a more formal setting, think about wearing dresses or skirts with a touch of femininity. Floral prints and pastel colours are perfect for embracing the garden ambiance. Accessorise with delicate jewellery and a pair of stylish heels or flats to complete the refined look. And don’t forget to bring a light cardigan or shawl in case the evening breeze brings a chill.

Print Dresses:


FS Collection Long Sleeve Wrap Top Mini Dress in Multi-Colour Print: This dress is a statement piece that’s perfect for a garden party. The bold print and wrap top design create a flattering silhouette, while the long sleeves add an elegant touch. It’s a vibrant and fashionable choice that will make you stand out.

Long Sleeve Wrap Top Mini Dress In Multi Colour Printed By FS Collection | £42.00

Joe Browns Red Vintage Mixed Print Puff Sleeve Maxi Dress: With its vintage-inspired mixed print and puff sleeves, this maxi dress brings a touch of whimsy to a garden party. The flowing silhouette and rich red color create an enchanting and romantic look that’s sure to turn heads.

Red Vintage Mixed Print Puff Sleeve Maxi Dress By Joe Browns | £65.00


Versatile Styles You Can Wear Again:

FS Collection Short Sleeve Mini Shirt Dress in Navy: This versatile dress offers a timeless and chic style that can be worn beyond the garden party. The shirt dress design and navy color make it a sophisticated and versatile piece that can be dressed up or down with different accessories for various occasions.

Short Sleeve Mini Shirt Dress In Navy | By FS Collection £42.00

FS Collection High Neck Jumpsuit in Olive Green Polka Dot: If you prefer a jumpsuit, this stylish piece is perfect. The high neck and polka dot print add a touch of retro flair, while the wide-leg silhouette offers both comfort and elegance. Dress it up with statement accessories or keep it casual with a denim jacket for a look you can wear again and again.

High Neck Jumpsuit In Olive Green Polka Dot By FS Collection | £45.00


Maxi Dresses:

Blue Vanilla Megan Blue Floral Button Front Maxi Dress with Shirred Back: This maxi dress is a dreamy option for a garden party. The blue floral print and button-front detail create a romantic and bohemian look, while the shirred back ensures a comfortable and flattering fit. It’s a stunning choice that exudes effortless beauty.

Megan Blue Floral Button Front Maxi Dress With Shirred Back By Blue Vanilla | £35.00

Izabel London Multi Navy Vintage Floral 3/4 Sleeve Maxi Dress: This vintage-inspired maxi dress is a showstopper. The multi-navy floral print and 3/4 sleeves exude timeless elegance, while the flowing silhouette adds a touch of grace. It’s a sophisticated and feminine choice that will make you feel like a garden goddess.

Multi Navy Vintage Floral 3/4 Sleeve Maxi Dress By Izabel London | £45.00

So, whether you’re attending a laid-back BBQ or a glamorous garden party, these outfit ideas have got you covered. Remember to embrace the relaxed vibes of a BBQ and the more refined atmosphere of a garden party, and dress accordingly. Enjoy the festivities, soak up the sun, and make lasting memories in style!

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