Garden Party Dress is another great article from the allaboutrosegardening Gardening Tips page!
Learn how to dress for a garden party! What do you wear? Garden parties, outdoor weddings and outdoor gatherings of all types are all the rage these days, but for an old fashioned party, what DO you wear?
People generally assume that back yard parties are informal, and simply wear the garden party attire clothes they feel comfortable in (jeans, shorts, summer dresses etc.). If you know for certain that informal wear such as jeans and shorts are in order, then by all means, wear your most casual clothing.
If however, you receive an invitation to a social gathering of a back yard function that could be formal, or at least semi-formal.......
Say a wedding......
A lady considering garden party attire should keep an eye on the weather, as it will play an important part in the clothing you choose. Most likely it will be warm, so light weight fabric is a good choice. Ideal ones would be cotton or chiffon. Light colors are generally cooler than darker ones.
You could wear sun dresses, but don’t forget a shawl or light jacket if the party will continue into the evening.
The length of the garden party dress is not a factor, unless you are
dressing for a concept party. (old-time dresses are generally floor length)
When it comes to footwear, shoes with high heels, are not sensible for any type of outdoor garden party. The heels will sink into the grass, making it difficult to walk. Flat shoes or sandals that match your outfit are a better choice.
If the Outdoor Party features a concept such as a Victorian Tea Party, old type clothing, and gowns with big stylish hats are appropriate.
Straw hats are usually very suitable, for both formal and informal. Do be sure that they are suited to your choice of clothing. Big hats will help keep you cooler by keeping the sun off you.
Don’t forget to dress it up with accessories.... lots of
jewelry (necklace, earrings, bracelet,) white gloves, a small bag, and even a
small white fan to keep you cool, are all perfect accessories for your garden party dress.
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Dress trousers or Docker type pants, depending on the formality of the occasion. A short sleeved shirt of a lighter color.
For a formal affair, you will need a suit jacket that is light weight, and a tie. Don't forget to choose comfortable shoes.
If you are attending a formal Victorian Tea, a suitable hat would complete your wardrobe.
Keep in mind that parties outside can be very warm, so try to choose the lightest fabrics available for the garden party. Dress to be comfortable!
For more ideas on Garden Party Dress, see ..The Victorian Tea Party page