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Picnic Dressing Is the Season’s Ripest Trend

Alfresco everything is summer’s main source of sartorial inspiration.

After a long grey winter, does anyone else feel the need to touch grass (both literally and figuratively)? Summer is (almost) officially here and with it come crisp blue skies, beams of vitamin D-infused sunshine and all the al fresco dining opportunities a gal can dream of. Aperol spritzes and apps in the park? Immediately, if not sooner.

And for summer 2024, let a darling outdoor picnic be your outfit inspiration from head to toe. We’re talking frocks covered in seasonal fruits and veggies, gingham as far as the eye can see and accessories that could double as a picnic basket.

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Here we round up some of the most charming picnic dressing pieces to wear all summer long.

Longchamp Le Panier Pliage XL Basket Bag

You can’t go wrong with a classic straw tote and this leather-trimmed version from Longchamp is roomy enough to fit all your summer essentials, including a baguette and hunk of cheese. Just add vino!

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Simon Miller Tomato Earring

When it comes to cheeky food-inspired accessories, we love all summer bounty equally, but who can resist the allure of plump red tomato? Looks like it might be a tomato girl summer once more.

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Olly Shinder Red & White Gingham Shirt

Olly Shinder Red & White Gingham Shirt

The shoulder patches on this classic cotton poplin gingham top add a little Western flavour that Beyoncé would no doubt approve of. Tuck it into denim Bermuda shorts and you’re ready for a summer Saturday well-spent.

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Lisa Says Gah Annie Dress

Lisa Says Gah Annie Dress

An icy blue gingham backdrop covered in a smorgasbord of seasonal produce? Perfection! We’ve spotted radishes, strawberries, snap peas and lemons, but we swear we spot a new fruit or veggie every time we look at it.

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Mister Parmesan Spaghetti Dad Hat

Mister Parmesan Spaghetti Dad Hat

You know what goes best with a bowl of fresh pasta enjoyed on a patio as the sun dips into the horizon? A cheeky baseball cap that proclaims your allegiance to your favourite noodle. Now that’s amore!

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Toast Gingham Linen Patch Pocket Trousers

Toast Gingham Linen Patch Pocket Trousers

From their slight parachute leg and cropped length to their breezy linen fabric, these gingham trousers will quickly become a summer staple.

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Anthropologie The Fiona Beaded Bag: Produce Edition

Anthropologie The Fiona Beaded Bag: Produce Edition

A novelty handbag is a must-have accessory for summer 2024 and this pomodoro purse is the ideal iteration. Wear it with a gingham mini now and jazz up straight jeans come fall.

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Sensi Studio Crochet Lady Extra Long Brim Hat with Double Twist Striped Band

Sensi Studio Crochet Lady Extra Long Brim Hat with Double Twist Striped Band

You know what’s better than a jaunty striped ribbon on an oversized boater hat? Two ribbons stacked for ultimate charm.

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With files from Jennifer Berry

This article first appeared in FASHION’s Summer 2024 issue. Find out more here.

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