Summer is upon us and as invitations for gatherings hosted by family and friends stack up, it can be intimidating. Everyone has those moments when we stare blankly into our closets, slam the door and tell ourselves that we have nothing to wear.

But this year, you got this.

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Memorial Day and July 4th are my favorite holidays. I love that we recognize those who served our country and their families. Barbecue, hot dogs, white pants, fireworks and pleasant sunny weather are just bonuses.

Exclusively for The Purple Fig, I am sharing with you how to stylishly navigate the Family Backyard Picnic. To read more style ideas for women 25 and older, like what to wear for a roof top party, check out 30s and Chic.

You likely have similar pieces in your wardrobe, but I also picked most of my suggestions based on wide availability if you want to run out and pick something up over the weekend.


The Family Backyard Picnic


Whether you are hosting or attending, you can need the same flexibility in your outfit: Appropriate to wear around the kids and/or your grandparents, footwear that is easy to walk in on grass, and flattering enough that you won’t mind being featured in your cousins’ family photo album for all eternity.


Dont Waste Your Time With: American flag denim short-shorts, stilettos (unless you want to irrigate your host’s backyard), a dressy white cocktail dress you can’t eat a hot dog in…


Look In Your Closet For:


  • A fashionable boxy blouse in a shade of red, like this top I found by Joie at Bloomingdales. Style Tip: Make sure the sleeve hits at one of the thinnest parts of your upper arm for a flattering fit. You can pair this style with cropped jeans, wide leg trousers, shorts, and skirts effortlessly.


  • Or consider an embroidered chambray tunic. The embroidery pretties up utilitarian chambray. Style Tip: Chambray can be worn freshly pressed or slightly wrinkled, which makes this material perfect for busy women!
  • Jeans are always classic, but consider surprising everyone (in a good way) with a tailored pair of white linen trousers. Elevenses’ linen pants at Anthropologie are well-made and reasonably priced. Style Tip: Linen stretches like crazy, so size down!

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  • Think about pairing a plain white tee shirt tucked into a pretty pleated skirt. The summer’s trendy length is tea length (or mid-calf) so you’re covered (literally) if a gust of wind blows your was.
  • Consider a statement sun hat. You won’t have to spend too much time fussing with your hair (and if you have little ones at home, that makes getting out the door easier) or worrying about accessorizing since it is pretty much done for you. Style Tip: Consider styling your hair in a side-braid or a low messy chignon to the side of your neck. For jewelry, keep it simple with a pair of Kate Spade’s colorful stud earrings or a simple diamond solitaire necklace.
  • A fabulous pair of flat sandals or wedge espadrilles. Stiletto heels will pierce your lawn or worse — your host’s! Style Tip: Look for this summer’s trends like perforated leather, a strappy look, or mixed materials.

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Feel free to experiment with other pieces in your closet as well. There is no hard-and-fast rule that you have to wear red, white or blue for Memorial Day. Consider these suggestions as a starting point to putting together something fabulous and uniquely your style.


To share your summer BBQ outfits with The Purple Fig and 30s and Chic communities, upload a picture of your stylish self to either Instagram or Twitter with hashtag #30sandChic. I wish you all a lovely summer!

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