5 Pretty Picnic Outfits to Turn Heads This Summer

Picnic outfits for the social woman.

Picnic season is upon us! Get ready for every outdoor summery meal by picking up a few pretty picnic outfits now. Because once Memorial Day comes, you’ll be too busy to shop…

Picnic outfits: Romper

1. Beaded Beauty Romper

Rompers and jumpsuits are so in this season. We love this romper because it’s simple but very elegant (it would be ideal for an evening date picnic), and it will allow you to bend with ease. Pick from the pale green or the orchid hue. This jumpsuit would look great with a small, wedged heel and a chunky necklace (similar to the one pictured above). Priced at $168.

Picnic outfits: maxi dress

2. Summertide Swing Dress

We love this maxi dress because it’s long and flowing. And because it’s long and flowing, it’s a breeze to move around in. Also: This dress’ color scheme is on-point. To turn heads: pair with strapy wedges. To stay comfy: slap on a pair of simple, black flip flops and join in the game of Frisbee. Priced at $99.95 from Anthropologie

Picnic outfits: shirt

Picnic outfits: shorts

3. Basically Cool Top in White and The Day We Meadow Shorts

Nothing beats a great pair of trendy, high-waisted shorts and a simple white tank top when you’re outside all day long. Both these pieces come from ModCloth. While each piece is simple, they feature enough unique details (just look at those flowers) to make the wearer subtly standout. Wear with a pair of boho Birkenstocks to complete the look. The shirt is $19.99 and the shorts are $44.99.

Picnic outfits: sundress

4. J. Crew Casual Dress

This strapless sundress is the perfect attire for a summer solstice picnic. It’s simple, sunny, and strapless — our three favorite things! Complete the look with a pair of strapy gladiator sandals — be prepared for a ton of compliments. Priced at $31.99 from ThredUp.

Picnic outfits: casual dress

5. Free People Casual Dress

This casual dress is incredibly beautiful and the appropriate amount of flirty, classy, and simple. This is another dress that would pair well with the on-trend, modern Birki’s, or no-heel sandals. Beaded, dangling jewelry is a must with this look. Also: Because this dress is from ThredUp, it’s much cheaper than its original, Free People price tag. Priced at $25.99.

Other accessories to consider pairing with these picnic outfits include:

Fringed bags


Do you have any picnic outfits that you always wear? I tend to be a cut-off jean short and simple t-shirt kind of girl. I like to keep it simple because I often spill wine or ketchup on myself… Have you bought any new picnic outfits for the upcoming summer season?

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Abbie Stutzer

Writer, editor, and owner of Ginchy!, a freelance writing and editing company, and home funeral hub. Adores smart sex ed, sustainable ag, spooky history, women's health, feminism, horror, wine, and sci-fi.