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Monday 28 June 2021

What to Wear For a Picnic: Style Not Age Challenge


Is This Mutton blogger Gail Hanlon in casual attire for a picnic:  Bowie t-shirt, striped paperbag trousers, gunmetal wedges and Gucci sunglasses
It was my turn this month to choose the challenge for the fearless five of the Style Not Age Challenge. I chose "picnic attire," or "how to dress for a picnic." 

The weather has been atrocious for the last week so I was expecting to produce a few ironic photos of me in a rain jacket with an umbrella. Fortunately we had blue skies on Saturday so I snapped a few pictures of me off to a picnic - well, I wish! - with a bottle of Champagne in the basket.

Trousers or shorts are great for a picnic where sport might be involved. Is This Mutton's Gail Hanlon is wearing striped paperbag trousers with a Bowie t-shirt, Tilley hat and Gucci prescription sunglasses

It's not a good idea in the UK to make plans for a picnic or BBQ weeks in advance:  you have to seize the moment once the forecast shows a sunny few days ahead. 

If a picnic's going to involve some leisurely sports, like throwing a frisbee or playing with a racquet, it's a good idea to wear trouser (pants) or shorts, although I always yearn for a floaty dress and hat as Jacqui is wearing. The two essentials for a picnic are a bag or basket to carry your picnic, book and sun cream, and depending on the forecast, sunglasses and/or an umbrella.

If the weather's good and your picnic is in the UK, how about a slogan tee with paperbag trousers and comfortable Vionic wedges? Not to mention your Gucci prescription sunglasses, as worn by Gail Hanlon from over-50s style blog Is This Mutton

Everything I'm wearing is old:  the paperbag trousers were bought in Tesco, the Bowie t-shirt from eBay and the gunmetal wedges are from Vionic  (wonderfully spongy and comfortable). My sunglasses are prescription ones from Gucci.  I bought the amber necklace in Copenhagen around 25 years ago.  I hardly ever wear it, and a couple of hours after the photos the string broke. I've found a small business that re-strings necklaces, so fingers crossed.  

My basket was bought from travellers in Germany when I lived there, 20 odd years ago.  Finally, the Tilley hat is new - I bought it for when we go to the Lake District walking in a few weeks' time. I love the way it has a secret pocket:  you could carry a debit card on your head and no-one would know! 

Now let's see what the four other bloggers are planning to wear to their picnics.  I love this bright colourful picture from Anna, Anna's Island Style. She's also shopped her wardrobe (closet) and is wearing a paisley top by H&M, plisse trousers by New Look, flowery sandals by Primark and beach bag by Accessorize.

Hilda from Over the Hilda intended to set up a real picnic but it never happened, although she has had several with the grandchildren. I thought about having a picnic with my step granddaughter who has a doll's tea set and wendy house, but we're not to take pictures of her for social media so I couldn't. 

Hilda is wearing all F&F from Tesco here except for her trainers. Even the bag and sunglasses are from Tesco, and as Hilda says, they offer excellent value and quality. 

As I mentioned earlier, Jacqui from Mummabstylish has the type of picnic outfit I always yearned for: a floaty dress and hat. I remember once wearing a long cream dress and matching hat to the beach where I felt very conspicuous! 

Finally Emma from Stylesplash is also looking very colourful in her gingham skirt and top from Zara a few years ago, chosen because they remind her of a picnic blanket.  All I can say is, it's a very glamorous blanket. Mine is a classic tartan! Her shoes are from TKMaxx and the bag is M&S but bought on eBay, It's perfect for holidays because it's reversible with silver on the other side.

I hope we inspired you with our picnic outfits. We'll be back in a month with another challenge. I'm here on Wednesday with the #WowOnWednesday link-up. See you then!

Sharing this post with:  Beauty by Miss L, Top of the World Style at High Latitude Style, Chic & Stylish at Mummabstylish, #SpreadTheKindness  at Shelbee on the Edge, #AnythingGoes at My Random Musings, Thursday Moda at Elegance and Mommyhood, Turning Heads Tuesday at Elegantly Dressed and Stylish,  Style with a Smile  at StylesplashStyle Six at Coast to CoastTFF at Doused in Pink, Fancy Friday at Nancy's Fashion Style, Lizzie in Lace Confident Twosday at IDoDeclaire,Rena at Fine WhateverFabulous Fridays at Lucy Bertoldi, #Neverendingstyle at The Grey Brunette #TheWednesdayLinkUp at Claire Justine


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