Summer’s always been the best time to be outside, which means your social calendar is probably jam-packed with every type of outdoor event: barbecues, concerts, picnics, poolside hangs, etc. And naturally, your wardrobe will need to undergo a change to fit into the new season (and all it brings!).

You may have got your sunscreen game down, but what about clothes? Forget rehashing fashion; this is where being creative really, really matters. Luckily, we’ve put together our picks for the hottest outdoor outfits that will make your summer wardrobe sing. If it’s affordable ensemble inspo you’re after, you’ve come to the right place!

Picnic in The Park

Summertime is perfect for grabbing your friends, a wicker basket and some of your favourite to-go foods before hitting the park and enjoying a delightful picnic. Because you’ll be sitting on the ground, for the most part, wearing something that won’t reveal things you don’t want to reveal (ahem, too much) is key. It’s also important to make sure that you can comfortably have fun in the great outdoors – even if you’re not exactly ‘off the beaten track’. Bottom line: you want to look amazing and feel fantastic in an outfit that’s low-cost without being cheap, elegant without being OTT. And we’ve got just the thing.

A printed maxi dress is ideal for staying cool whilst appearing effortlessly fabulous in warm weather. Keep an eye out for quirky designs that speak to your individual style, and complement with a pair of sizeable (yet chic) earrings.

Street Fair Chic

Scouring the streets, eating food from market stalls and listening to live music is basically the soundtrack to summer. Which is why going to street fairs or parties is so awesome; you’re practically guaranteed a great time from start to finish. Of course, wearing the right outfit is key for a fun day out; since you’re more than likely to be doing quite a bit of walking, comfort should be your topmost priority. But you know better than anyone that being comfy doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style. And that’s where we come in.

Choose something light, bright and airy like a vibrant floral dress to get into the summer spirit. Also, opt for a crossbody bag with plenty of room for storing souvenirs. And whatever you do, make sure you wear your comfiest shoes; trust us, your feet will thank you for it.

Back Garden BBQ

Whether you’ll be eating tons of good food, soaking up the sun or maybe even playing some backyard games, this is precisely the kind of scenario where you don’t want to be worrying about keeping your outfit under control. As such, your best bet is to opt for an ensemble that’s as practical as it is pretty. After all, it’s one thing looking the part during a BBQ with your loved ones, but that’ll be pointless if you’re unprepared for the day’s events.

Wearing a casual pair of shorts means you don’t have to worry about your skirt or dress being unruly throughout the day. Also, be sure to pick the right pair of trainers, since you’ll probably be walking on grass!

On Fleek at The Beach

Nothing says summer quite like a beach party, and sunning it up with your squad is one of the best ways to make the most of the warm weather. With fun in the sun comes the need for looking fabulous all day long, so you need to make sure your outfit game is on point. Taking the effortlessness of beach fashion but making it a little more glam is the name of the game, but we’re sure you’re up to the challenge.

For a simple yet chic beach style, think a light floral printed top, but make sure not to pick something with too many frills. Understated speaks volumes by the sea, that’s for sure. Match with a pair of light denim shorts to create a complete summer vibe with your look.

Rooftop Cocktails at Sunset

If you’re heading to the top of a high-class building or swanky hotel for a few cheeky cocktails with your homegirls, anything goes – as long as it’s classy. A summery skirt and simple tank top that can easily take you to dinner afterwards is an excellent outfit that proves you don’t need to be ostentatious to achieve that standout statement look you’ve always wanted.

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