What to wear to a garden party & picnic

Because British weather is unpredicatble

Written by Liv Grady

April 7, 2021

garden party outfit

Lockdown is starting to lift and plans are starting to be made. We could not be more excited to see our friends (and for an excuse to buy loads of new clothes). However, for the time being, the easing of rules only allows us to meet up outdoors, so this means that garden parties and picnics are on the cards. The British weather can be unpredictable, to say the least, so we would always advise that you keep a brolly and jacket to hand. (Don’t worry, you can just stuff them into your bag, so they don’t ruin any aesthetic photos).

Whether you are hosting 5 of your nearest and dearests in your garden, throwing a BBQ for the family, or heading to the park for some posh crisps and gin from a tin, we’ve got all the outfit ideas you have been scrolling for.

There is a few things to consider when planning an outfit for a garden party or picnic in British weather. We would always stray away from short skirts and dresses, because you want to be able to sit cross legged without flashing all of your pals. Try choosing shorts or a floaty midi dress instead. Also, you probs want to come prepared with a bag big enough to hold your booze and a couple of layers. Try and find a look that will easily layer with a cute cardigan or an oversized denim jacket. Take a look at our top picks below and remember to tag your photos with #Missguided on Insta, you could win a £100 voucher.

Garden party & picnic outfits

Shorts and a nice top

Swap out the jeans and a nice top format for something a little more summer focused. Simply choose a pair of simple shorts, such as leather or denim and dress it up with a cute t-shirt or bralet. You can add an oversized shirt or blazer to keep the chill away. (Plus you can cross your legs without worrying about everyone seeing your granny knickers).


A midi moment

Midi dresses are perfect for this time of year, they are a one-stop outfit solution. Team your midi with a pair of chunky sandals or boots and throw on a boxy jacket to give it a bit of a casual edge.

girl wearing midi dress for garden party

Off duty athleisure

Keep it casual and lowkey with a simple athleisure look. Team an oversized sweatshirt with a pair of cycling shorts and chunky trainers. Channel some of Princess Di’s iconic 90s outfits.


Practical puffers

As hard as we try, we can’t control the weather. Sometimes you just need to give in and accept the fact that it is better to be warm. Style out a puffer jacket with a pair of jeans or sporty leggings, for a look that will mean that you can stay toasty by the firepit all night long.

Puffer jacket

Want some more inspo? Take a look at our top 5 outfits to wear to a picnic. To make your post-lockdown shopping as easy as possible, we have created a whole category for outdoor clothing. So whether you are going on a walking date, chilling in a beer garden or having a garden party, we’ve got your outfit covered.