Dressing for a summer garden party

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Are you due to attend a garden party this summer and struggling for outfit ideas? Alternatively, are you hosting a garden party? Here we breakdown the ideal outfit to keep it casual but stylish!

The great British weather

It is good to remember the weather may change at any moment.  Therefore, it would make sense to layer, being able to remove or add layers are a must with the ever-changing British weather. Being caught in the rain with just a shirt or dress could place you in an embarrassing situation.

Is there a theme for the garden party?

It is always good to start here, if there is a theme to the garden party this will narrow down your outfit choice, if not then you can let your imagination run wild within the standard dress code for a garden party.

Always keep in mind the venue of your garden party, if it is at friend’s house you can go for a more casual look.  Whereas, if hosted at a venue you may want to opt for a smarter look.

Gentleman’s Attire:

Suit trousers or chinos in a beige or stone colours are an ideal choice for a casual garden party.  Darker colours are more suited to formal parties or where a dress code needs to adhere to.

Shirts or a button up polo top that have short sleeves are a better choice for a garden party as if the weather changes you can add a fitted suit jacket or blazer. A look is always completed with a jacket, choosing a classic tweed jacket or blazer will nicely finish off your look.

With regards to colour this is entirely down to if there is a theme or not, if there is a theme then you will have a small selection of colours to choose from.  If not, then the choice is entirely up to you.

Footwear Choice:

Your shoe choice is important as usually this is the first thing people recognise. If the ground is damp from the previous night’s rain, then opt for dark driving shoes or penny loafers. Whilst lighter colour shoes will look the part, they may not be best suitable for damp conditions!

Ladies Attire:

For a classy casual look a dress is always a great choice. If a dress would not be your first choice you can opt for cool trousers or a skirt with a casual top/shirt. Lighter colours are great for a casual garden party with good weather!

You can’t go wrong by going for simple silhouettes, polished and well-tailored designs. Bright dresses can be worn with floppy hat and natural coloured sandals are popular and look good teamed with a lightweight jacket of pashmina. Alternatively, a wide legged, floaty trouser can offer a fresh look.

A cool blazer will be an eye catcher preferable nude lighter colours for a summer garden party.

When choosing the footwear to finish the look take into consideration the type of ground where the event is held.  High heels are not sensible or practical if you are going walking in a gravelled area or across grass.  A mid-heal wedge may offer a practical solution whatever the ground conditions.

If you are looking for stylish garden party attire, please contact richard@richardgeorge.uk

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