What To Wear - Summer BBQ

I'm having so much fun being the official guest blogger for LaurenConrad.com and this post, which went up earlier this week, is one of my faves. I've always considered Memorial Day as the unofficial kick-off to fabulous summer barbeques. Now that my mind is already set on lazy weekends, mountainside picnics, and warm weathered gatherings, it's time to pile on some serious backyard fash… When it comes to everyone's favorite American tradition (a.k.a. the backyard barbeque), I always try to follow these three guidelines: comfort, style, and separates. The goal is to spend more time making memories and less time fussing with an overly complicated outfit. Your barbeque best should always reflect the latest summer trends, while still offering enough ease to participate in outdoor activities. Opt for minimal makeup, simple hairstyles like a ponytail or side braid, and never ever forget the all-important must-have: sunglasses. Squinty eyes are never photogenic. Below is my guide on how to dress for the Three BBQs of Summer: beach, bonfire, and backyards…

Shorts- Joe's Jeans Tank- Material Girls Luxor Ring- JewelMint Fedora- Forever 21 Sunglasses- DVF Neon Sandals- Frock Candy

Neon hues are the hottest and certainly the brightest trend hitting the scene this season and I can't think of a better backdrop to rock them than everyone's favorite summer location—the beach! Beach barbeques inevitably involve quick dips in the water and impromptu games of volleyball or Frisbee, so appropriate attire is key to having a good time. Though the girl in the corner may look fabulous in her sky-espadrilles and super tight bandage dress, I can assure you she isn't having fun. To avoid heading home with a trail of sand in your wake, I suggest simple staples such as cutoff shorts. They're super easy to layer over your bathing suit f and they leave enough skin exposed for the all-important suntan.

Skirt- Zara Top- Ralph Lauren Headband- Forever 21 Wooden Bracelets- Novica Beaded Bracelets- Penelope G Necklaces- Forever 21 (similar here) Sunglasses- BleuDame

I love wearing maxi skirts and cropped tops for BBQs that take place in the evening because they give you an easy breezy vibe, while still allowing you to be comfortable wherever your summertime get-togethers may take place. This is the perfect ensemble to wear whether you’re simply a guest at the event or the overachieving host. The neutral pallet will prevent you from blending into the night, while the extra fabric will help you stay warm whenever you stray from the fire. Go bohemian for this event and try accessorizing your look with a floral headband that will help keep your hair out of your face. And don’t forget to layer on a mixture of earthy accessories to finish off your look.

Shorts- LC Lauren Conrad, Wedges- Kohl's (similar here) Tote Bag- BCBGenerations Top- Free People Earrings- Saressa Designs

Denim shorts are as all-American as you can get, so for this traditional setting, rock a killer pair of denim shorts. These fabulous LC Lauren Conrad summer must-have shorts from Kohl’s will make it easy to navigate from the kitchen to the back porch without restricting you from partaking in a game of basketball or simply visiting around a table with friends. Backyard gatherings are notorious for having chairs sprawled about for late night gossip, so to keep things ultra flattering I suggest a slouchy crochet top. The airy sweater will keep the outfit breezy, while also acting as great bathing suit cover up if you’re gathering is poolside. Cute wedges and a fabulous striped tote bag will put the final touches on this comfy backyard ensemble.  

Which BBQ ensemble is your favorite?

Follow me on Twitter and Facebook!