Casual Backyard BBQ Outfit Ideas: 4 Tips

Mix warm temps and long, sunlit evenings and it’s the perfect recipe for backyard gatherings. Whether it’s a cookout with friends or a neighborhood playdate that rolls past dinner, the outdoors is our favorite place to hang and host right now. Looking for some backyard BBQ outfit inspiration? We’ve got you covered with four of our favorite tips to try this summer.

Is there a dress code for a BBQ party?

The spirit of a backyard gathering is friendly and relaxed, but it’s still fun to pull together a great look. Comfort is key, but we like to think of these summer get-togethers as having a smart casual dress code, especially if you’re the guest. Here, our ideas for casual BBQ outfits.

1. Statement Blouse + Cutoffs

This style uniform is a go-to summer look that suits a million occasions, backyard BBQ’s being at the top of the list! We love the monochromatic styling of these looks (and extra credit if you’re brave enough to wear white around BBQ fare!). Grab a chic slide and you’ll be relaxed all evening long.

Shop The Look: Shop Niki Tropical Top | Shop Don’t Forget Blouse | Shop All Cutoffs | Shop Belts | Shop Sandals

2. Maxi Dress + Tevas

Mix and mingle in a floaty, flowy maxi dress paired with of-the-moment Tevas. The dress’ soft cotton jersey fabric keeps it casual and comfortable, while the silhouette feels a touch more elevated than shorts. Add a jean jacket when the sun goes down.

Shop The Look: Shop Lido Slub Dress | Shop All Dresses | Shop Tevas | Shop Jean Jackets

3. Flare Jeans + Sweater Tank

Grab your favorite pair of flares, a chic sweater tank and arrive in style. This is the perfect look if you’re rolling from one event to another as it strikes the perfect casual-chic chord. But wear it now before the temps get too hot for a knit top.

Shop The Look: Shop Flare Denim | Shop Maeve Sweater Tank | Shop All Sweater Tanks and Vests | Shop Sandals

4. A Breezy Dress

Nothing says summer quite like a white dress and we love this easy, elevated, v-neck version. Wear it as is for a relaxed, breezy fit, or add a belt to create definition at the waist.

Shop The Look: Shop Arabella Mini Dress | Shop All White Dresses | Shop Belts

Backyard BBQ FAQs

Have questions? We’ve got answers. Let’s dive in!

What is summertime chic dress code?

The summertime chic dress code is a stylish and sophisticated yet relaxed approach to dressing for warm weather. It typically involves light and breathable fabrics such as linen, cotton, or silk. The style emphasizes effortless elegance with flowy dresses, tailored shorts, breezy tops, and fun accessories.

How can I add a stylish touch to my casual backyard BBQ outfit?

You can add a stylish touch to your outfit by accessorizing with statement sunglasses, a colorful or patterned scarf, a cute belt, or a denim jacket or shacket. Have some fun and play around with accessories to elevate your overall look!

How do you look chic when it’s hot out?

There’s nothing worse than wearing heavy fabrics on a hot day, especially when you want to have fun! Prioritize comfort and choose lightweight fabrics like cotton, linen, or chiffon that allow your skin to breathe. Opt for loose-fitting silhouettes that allow air circulation and avoid tight or clingy clothing. Embrace summer trends like flowy maxi dresses, high-waisted shorts, or statement blouses.

More casual style inspo…

We’ve compiled all of our favorite weekend looks in our curated weekend shop! And browse our lookbook for the latest on-trend ensembles.

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