What to Wear to a Summer Cookout

May 6, 2013 | By | Comments (6)

Countdown to SummerWith Memorial Day just around the corner, we’re getting our grills fired up for our favorite summer pastime: cookouts. Assembling the menu may be easy with our bevy of recipes for food and drinks, but when it comes to everyone’s favorite warm-weather gathering, choosing the right outfit is no simple task. To help with your wardrobe woes, we’ve assembled five foolproof tips for your next summer shindig.

Summer Cookout1. Look to Linen: Between scorching temperatures and sky-high humidity levels, your best bet for keeping cool is this loose-fitting, breathable fabric. We’re fans of this Mexican Etches Linen Dress ($78.99) by Alabama-based Judith March.

2. Play With Pattern: White may be the protocol for most summer festivities, but at a cookout, barbecue sauce can quickly become your worst enemy. Sidestep a wardrobe disaster and disguise any mishaps with graphic prints like Elizabeth McKay’s Bamboo Lattice Tie Blouse ($195).

3. Save Your Soles: It’s hard to go wrong with a good pair of wedges, but don’t be afraid to opt in favor of comfort for this casual occasion. These slip-on Laser Cut Ballet Flats ($195) from Houston-native Elaine Turner offer the perfect balance of panache and ease.

4. Make it Minimal: For a no-fuss, carefree look, keep your makeup and accessories at a minimum with a classic pair of earrings and chic shades. We love the Elle Collection Earrings ($52) by Austonian Kendra Scott and Kayce Hughes’ Iris Sunglasses ($98).

5. Show Off Your Beaus: Don’t forget about the man in your life. A cotton button down, khaki shorts, and sturdy pair of loafers will keep him looking dapper and feeling comfortable. We think Southern Marsh’s Hookbill Gingham Shirt ($75) is perfect for any barbecue affair.


  1. Grown and Flown


    May 7, 2013 at 4:18 pm
  2. Kendra Scott

    Fantastic picks! Thanks for the love!


    May 7, 2013 at 2:16 pm
  3. Melisa

    Certainly agree with the lightweight and loose fabrics. But $195 pair of shoes (or shirt, that as you say is likely to end up with BBQ sauce on it) to a cookout? A bit foolish.

    May 7, 2013 at 9:06 am
  4. Joanne Thomas

    Love – not look – so sorry

    May 6, 2013 at 7:39 pm
  5. Joanne Thomas

    You are always right on target Kelsea – look your ideas!!

    May 6, 2013 at 7:38 pm
  6. Cindy Gill

    $540 is a bit much to spend on cookout duds!

    May 6, 2013 at 2:48 pm

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