What to Wear: Backyard Barbecue Style

Who’s planning to host or attend a holiday cookout today? Raise your hand! That’s a lot of hands.

Now, who knows what they’re wearing? Not so many, huh?

If you’re anything like me, you didn’t give a whole lot of thought to this weekend’s attire ahead of time, but when you get dressed for the festivities today, you will want to be stylish but comfortable.

Backyard barbecue style is all about looking effortlessly chic — nothing too fussy, but stylish and put together.

Option #1: Shorts

Frye - Kayla T Strap (Natural) - Footwear

Banana Republic Printed one-shoulder shirt
with their Roll-up shorts and the Sally handcrafted jeweled wedge. Or, if you’re worried about spraining your ankle walking around in the grass in 3-inch heels, try the Frye Kayla T Strap Sandal instead.

OPTION #2: Cropped pants and cardigan for cooler evenings.
ALDO - Bartee (Red) - Footwear

Striped Boyfriend Cardigan from LOFT with their Marisa Cropped Cargos and Seed Bead Necklace. Again, I’m sticking with the flat sandals. This outfit would look great with the ALDO Bartee in red.

OPTION #3: Maxi Dress

There’s always the ultra feminine maxi dress, like the BCBGMAXAZRIA – ZigZag Maxi Dress (Chambray Combo) – Apparel. Unless you’re 6 feet tall like this model, you’ll probably want to wear your maxi dress with a pair of wedge sandals. Just make sure you stay off the grass.

OPTION #4: Classic Shift

For an elegant look, conisder a classic Lilly Pulitzer shift — the Jacqueline is perfect for a Memorial Day weekend backyard barbecue. Pair it with delicate sandals and a simple bangle and you’ll be the envy of the party!

What are you and your family doing to observe Memorial Day this year??

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Written by Jo-Lynne Shane, a professional lifestyle blogger, brand advocate and community manager. Named one of Nielsen’s 50 Most Influential Women in Social Media, Jo-Lynne is best known for her award-winning lifestyle blog, Musings of a Housewife, where she dishes up an assortment of food, fashion, fitness and family travel. She has been featured on Mothering.com, Southern Living Magazine, CNN.com and in Cosmopolitan Magazine. In the local sphere, Jo-Lynne facilitates the vibrant networking group Philly Social Media Moms, providing community, support and education for 200 area bloggers. Jo-Lynne lives and works from home in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband of 17 years, three lively children and one extremely spoiled shih tzu named Savannah.


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