Fashion Friday | Backyard BBQ

Even though summer isn’t officially here, it sure feels like it! The temps have been consistently in the 80s and even the 90s for the past couple of weeks, and I think it’s finally safe to put away our long sleeves for the season.

Summertime is full of backyard BBQs, cookouts, pool parties and the like. Which begs the age-old question: What to wear!?

I like to keep it simple and casual. I’m not one to show up at a backyard BBQ wearing a flirty sundress and high heels.

For one thing, you usually end up walking in the grass, and heels are NOT my friends when walking on uneven surfaces. But besides that, I hate being overdressed. So unless the invitation dictates a more formal dress code, I like to stick with flat shoes and shorts or cropped pants. MAYBE a casual skirt. If I’m in the mood.

Let’s have some fun with Polyvore, shall we??

This outfit is a little on the dressier side: cropped white skinny jeans with a cute navy-and-white-striped top, red canvas tote and a neutral thong sandal. This would be great for fourth of July festivities, but red, white and blue is fun anytime!

July 4th BBQ Outfit by jolynneshane

Don’t rule out shorts. Shorts are really “in” this season, and if you are comfortable baring your legs, it’s a great look, and it can be really classy. I would totally wear this.

Classy Shorts Outfit
Classy Shorts Outfit by jolynneshane


If you like skirts, this is a look I totally love but could never pull off. Still, a great look for a summer social gathering — especially a pool party.

Maxi Skirt Outfit
Maxi Skirt Outfit by jolynneshane featuring a fold over maxi skirt


But if you ever see me at a neighborhood cookout, you will probably find me wearing something like this. I usually keep it pretty casual.

Casual Backyard BBQ
Casual Backyard BBQ by jolynneshane


What do you generally wear to outdoor summer social gatherings??

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