What to Wear to a Picnic
A picnic is always a good idea (you can always take it indoors), but what to wear? Let this Liberty Starter Pack show you how to perfectly compliment your condiments.
So, you want to know what to wear to a picnic? Like your hamper - which should be filled to the brim with mouth-watering treats (think: a charcuterie board, crisps, sandwiches, strawberries and something bubbly) - the ultimate picnic outfit also has multiple elements to consider. Weather (layers), comfort (sit-ability), suitability (room for food). From the summery top and shorts combo to the all-weather skin-protecting sun cream that every picnic requires, this Liberty Starter Pack will have you well on your way to picnicking perfection in no time.
The T-shirt and Shorts Combo
Whether you plan to set up your spread at the park, in the open countryside or on a sun-dappled beach, there’s a clothing combination that’s ideal for every type of high summer picnic: a skin-baring top and pair of shorts. Comfy to wear, perfect for those wanting to top up their tan and simple to layer-up when the temperature inevitably drops, they make for the ultimate duo. For above, opt for something that’s bright and brimming with colour like Paloma Wool’s Damasia Crop-Top, £115 (if you can’t show-off your midriff in summer, when can you?) Below, we’d recommend wearing a pair of Original 501 Cut-Off Denim Shorts from Levi’s Red Label, £55. Form-fitting and distressed for a vintage look, they’re a summer staple that work particularly well if your picnic progresses into a game of frisbee or football.
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The Sun Cream
Whether the sun’s rays are blazingly intense or if the sky is overcast with clouds, there’s something that every picnicker should have to hand: sun cream. Providing protection from UV light, Dermalogica’s 50 Sport SPF50 156ml, £35 comes highly recommended. Formulated to hydrate the skin while defending it from sun damage, apply this non-greasy sun cream liberally to the body and around 15 minutes before heading out into the sun. With anti-ageing properties (it prevents wrinkles, dark spots, dehydration and loss of firmness), the Super Soin Solaire Youth Protector Body Cream SPF 30 200ml by Sisley Paris, £130 is another Liberty favourite. Share it among your fellow picnickers to ward off the all-too-familiar redness.
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It’s a fact: while they also shield from the sun, wearing a pair of face-flattering sunglasses - the kind that also suit your sense of style and personality - will result in an instant outfit upgrade. Take Gucci’s Acetate Oversized Square Sunglasses, £255; ideal for those with round and oval face shapes, this 70s-inspired pair will elevate your picnic outfit to peak levels of chicness. For those with face shapes on the square and rectangular side, may we suggest Celine’s Triomphe Oval Acetate Sunglasses, £340? Also with a touch of retro glamour to them, simply put on to see the difference.
The Extra Layer
Even in the sunniest of spots there’s always a chance that your picnic might be rained-off. For this reason, having a jacket by your side or something plush to layer up in is essential. Ganni’s Recycled Ripstop Quilt Jacket, £295 - with it’s large, puritan-style collar and button closure to the front - offers both outfit elevation and protection from the elements. Shrimps is another cult brand that has you covered. Knitted for a relaxed fit and featuring floral embroidery, their Merino wool Zinnia Embroidered Cardigan, £350 is one of the cosiest cardigans to wrap up in.
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When it comes to choosing the right bag that’s perfect for picnicking, there are a couple of things to consider. Firstly, it should be a bag with versatility, the kind you can wear beyond the summer months with almost everything in your wardrobe. It also needs to be big enough for all your essentials while not being so large that it becomes a chore to carry (you already have a hamper to hold, after all). As the Goldilocks of bags, Liberty’s Iphis Metallic Tall Mini Marlborough Tote Bag, £425 is just right and nothing short of chic. Also coming with an easy-to-wear shoulder strap, Ganni’s Recycled Leather Cross-Body Saddle Bag, £295 ticks the style, practicality and timeless boxes. Just pack with sun cream, your bluetooth speaker and phone before heading out. Outfit complete!